Plant-based foods still dominate the menu recommended in many diets. Call it the flexitarian diet, which is said to be the number one most effective diet in losing weight.
This diet requires the culprit to eat lots of green vegetables, rather than red meat. Out there, there are many many leafy greens available. However, there is one vegetable that is said to be very effective in helping your diet, namely spinach.
Illustration of spinach as a vegetable helping to lose weight. (Photo: pexels.com/pixabay.)/
Quoted from Eat This Not That, spinach is the number one green vegetable for weight loss according to a registered dietitian, Jenny Champion, MS, RD, CPT.. Of course, this has its own reasons behind it. Anything?
Very Low Calories
The first reason is because Champion notes that it has very low calories. Although eating calories is an old-school method for losing weight, it’s still effective. Quoted from Health Line, 3.5 ounces of raw spinach contains 23 calories.
Very Low Carbs
Apart from being low in calories, this one green vegetable is also said to be effective in losing weight due to the fact that spinach is very low in carbohydrates. Champion’s opinion is supported by research quoted from Healthline, which shows 3.5 ounces of raw spinach contains 3.6 grams of carbohydrates.
“Research has shown time and time again, reducing carbohydrates supports weight loss,” says Champion. Spinach is the best menu for those of you who are on a low-carb diet.
Spinach illustration. (Photo: Pexels.com/Rodolfo Quirós)/ Photo: Dians Marfuah
Super High Fiber
If the reasons above show that spinach has a low value on several nutrients. In this third fact, Champion said that spinach has high nutritional value, especially in terms of fiber. “Fiber keeps you full and keeps you going to the bathroom,” says Champion.
Spinach illustration. (Photo: pexels.com/Jacqueline Howell)
However, Champion urges you too no eat too much spinach, because eating a ton of spinach can make it harder for you to lose weight. In addition, eating large amounts of spinach can increase the risk of developing kidney stones.
According to him, 227 grams per day is enough to get all the nutritional benefits of spinach without overdoing it.
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