The world around us has everything we need to live a healthy life: from the very beginning of times Mother Nature has already “thought” of all the details. Oh, the variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs! The diversity of rejuvenating fresh meals that can be prepared from them! Restrain yourself from synthetic ingredients; throw aside any chemical that the modern era has to offer! Go green!
But nope, sir, do give us a double hot dog, a big portion of French fries, a king-sized chocolate ice-cream with caramel on top while you’re at it… And, a diet coke, because I’m actually losing weight for real. Yes, thank you, will absolutely come again.
These before you are the two sides of the same coin. And for a mysterious reason beyond my personal understanding, most of the folks out there chose to become a passionate adept of either one side or the other. By that I mean that they either go all-veg-zero-GMO-zero-waste-eco-friendly or drown in an everyday ocean of fatty junk food. Question is: can’t we be just moderate on the matter? Can’t we live a generally healthy life with an incidental hamburger on the weekend?
Sigh. Okay, an axiom for starters: all of us should get rid of that fatty masses previously earned through an eating regime devoted to the easy pleasures that modern urban life has to offer. This is done through a disciplined course of workouts, a healthy diet and sleep regime… And a couple of healthy hacks to aid you through the course. Today we’ll talk about just one of them: seeds. That’s right, ladies and gentleman, let’s see what wonderful seeds could help us to lose weight and eventually get back on the track of healthy living!
Seeds to Lose Weight: The Basics
Can tiny natural things really help you to lose weight? Yes, absolutely. Often underestimated, these magic ingredients have a lot of benefits that could bring your diet to the next level without significant effort. Here are some bullet points about the fabulous effects of seeds on your weight and general well-being:
They have a high amount of fibers, mostly indigestible ones. When consumed in an adequate amount, fibers impose two great effects: they “fill” you up, decreasing appetite and craving for junk food, and they speed up the transit of food through your intestines, leaving less time for the fats and sugars to be absorbed into your blood flow.
They also have a high amount of useful vitamins and microelements. Altogether, they make your body healthier and stronger, working from many angles to ensure physical and mental fitness.
Seeds are convenient to carry and eat anywhere, anytime. They’re a great snack between main meal courses, just the right thing to keep you away from chocolate bars or fast food when you suddenly feel that unexpected hunger, hours before the planned dinner. This is especially important for those folks who’re sitting on a harsh weight loss diet that demands them to follow their eating regime strictly – like the hCG diet, for example, and a couple of others too.
Right, now let’s jump straight onto the details!
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One of the peoples’ favorites, these babies have a great amount of nutrients, proteins, omega-3 fatty acids and fibers – for as little as 137 calories per ounce (28 grams or 2 tablespoons). Moreover, part of the said calories is calculated from the fibers amount, which will not be used by your body. If you subtract that from the calorie count, you’ll end with a fantastic amount of roughly 101 calories per ounce! This makes chia seeds a valuable nutritional support for every dieter.
Another great source of omega-3 fatty acids, these seeds impose a great anti-inflammatory, nutritive and fat-burning effect. Altogether with the high amount of fiber in them, hemp seeds are sure to lessen your appetite – and provide a great range of useful vitamins at the same time.
For starters: it’s a natural aphrodisiac. Pomegranate seeds elevate testosterone levels, increasing mood and sexual desire. Besides that, these seeds also have great anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, lower blood pressure and enhance memory.
Flax Seeds are a great option for those who want healthier skin and hair. With an outstanding amount of both omega-3 fats and vitamins of the B group, flax can be either consumed in the form of seeds or used in the form of flax oil to moisturize the skin, for example. When eaten, flax seeds also lessen appetite and help you to stay full for longer, improving the results of any weight-loss diet.
A seed underestimated by many, the pumpkin seed has quite a list of great features. It’s a great source of Magnesium (very important for the proper working of your heart) and Zinc (takes part in immunity-related and fat-burning processes), as well as omega-3. Besides that, pumpkin seeds help to control blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol and help to sleep well thanks to the tryptophan present in them.
Apricot seeds are the source of laetrile, also known as amygdalin. In significant quantities this chemical is highly toxic, but when used in nutritive doses it has some great properties useful for weight loss and well-being in general. Apricot seeds strengthen your immune system, relieve pain (mostly joint-related, like during arthritis) and lower blood cholesterol levels, thus protecting your heart and vessels.
These are a real treasure of microelements, especially copper, manganese, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus and zinc. Besides that, sesame seeds also have a great amount of fibers that have cholesterol-lowering properties, prevent high blood pressure and calm cravings for junk food by keeping you satiated (“not hungry”) for longer.
Of course, if you dig just a little deeper, you’ll find that every single one of these seeds is full of other great properties and benefits for your health. And, as if that weren’t enough, most of them are just delicious and provide an exquisite touch to your cooking.
So, I hope that by now you’re at least mildly interested in learning more about the nutritive effects of seeds on your body – or even planning to try them out! Great!
The trick is to start, in fact. Once you do that, seeds will become a constant ingredient in your menu, and believe me – your body will absolutely thank you for that.
Author Bio :
Gracy, a dedicated and qualified nutritionist with over six years of experience in the Indian food industry, currently blogging at Besthcgdropswebsite.com. She has done MSc Degree in Human Nutrition at Chinmaya degree College (BHEL) in Haridwar, Uttarakhand. You can reach her anytime if you have any questions regarding this guest post.
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