Super foods are high in nutrients and amino acids/antioxidants. Most Super Foods/vegetables can be grown in your organic garden. Some foods are very beneficial in helping our body to lose fat. Fiber is very important in weight loss and also for maintaining intestinal health. Foods that are spicy also help the body to lose weight. On a cellular level, amino acids such as lysine and methionine join to form a fat burning amino acid/antioxidant called L-Carnitine, which is critical in helping the body to use fat deposits as fuel.
The following paragraphs take a deeper look at all of these factors, and list some of the foods choices that we can use to sway the battle of weight loss in our favor.
There are two kinds of dietary fiber about which we all should be concerned. The first type of dietary fiber is called insoluble dietary fiber because it is the kind that we do not digest. The second type of dietary fiber that we should fall in love with is a soluble dietary fiber. Both types of fiber are very beneficial for helping us lose weight.
Insoluble Dietary fiber that we do not digest is beneficial because it does a number of things to help our body lose weight. First, it helps keep our digestive track clean and in top working order. Second, it absorbs the fat that our body has not yet ingested. In this way, it helps to remove fat from our diet before our bodies utilize it. Third, It helps us to keep our digestive track on a normal schedule.
Soluble dietary fiber is a type of fiber that we absorb into our blood steam. Soluble fiber is partially beneficial in helping us lower our bad cholesterol levels. It also helps us to break down stored fats and absorbs fat that is in our blood stream that we have not yet stored. In these ways, soluble fiber really helps us to reverse the cycle of gaining weight.
Another very important aspect of fiber is that fact that it helps our bodies to regulate blood sugar levels. When blood sugar levels rise and fall, it reeks havoc with our heart and with our brain. When blood sugar falls, it sends a message to our brain that we are starving, and our brain lets our stomach know it is empty. These are the times we are most likely to overeat. When our blood sugar levels remain fairly constant our energy level remains on an even keel, and we tend not to feel starved nor do we overeat or have mid-day cravings for bad and naughty foods.
Dietary fibers help keep our intestinal track healthy and working normally, they help to lower bad cholesterol, and they help to even out blood sugar levels. They work with our body, to help us lose weight. There are several foods that are really high in dietary fiber, and these foods are fairly easy to obtain or to grow ourselves.
Vegetables that are rich in fiber
All of these Super Vegetables can be grown in your organic garden.
Beans, which are easy to grow or cheap to buy, contain both insoluble fiber and soluble fiber. They help to keep the body feeling full while the fibers work. The soluble fiber in beans helps to slow the absorption of glucose and carbohydrates. This means that beans provide fiber for your body, which provides less energy than either sugars and starches. It helps to block carbohydrates and slow absorption of glucose (sugar and starches) so your body burns fat to replace the lost energy from the failed attempt to absorb sugars and starches.
Beans to try: Navy beans, Black beans, Pinto Beans, Butter Beans, kidney beans. If you are not used to a diet rich in fiber then start slow and build your tolerance up.
Peas: Peas are also rich in fiber and work much the same way that beans do. Foods that are rich in insoluble fiber help your body feel full. They work because the insoluble fiber swells in your intestines and causes our body to work at moving the food along our intestines… burns calories while making us think we are full.
Hot Red Peppers; The trimming spice
Food that is made from spicy hot peppers helps our body to lose weight. The heat provided by spicy foods is referred to in dietary language as thermogenic. Thermogenesis is a cellular reaction in which our body produces heat. The result is an increase in metabolic function and speed. What this means to you and I…. It means our body burns calories to produce heat. If we are on a low fat diet, then the fuel to burn hotter comes from stored fat. Eating foods like hot peppers helps our body start the heating process because of food chemicals called Capsaicin which is absorbed by our body when we eat healthy hot peppers. If you want to lose weight and shed that stored fat, try hot peppers in your food.
One of the nice things about peppers is that you can grow them in your organic garden. Since it is winter her in California, you can use chili powder or pepper to obtain the same result. Just make sure that what you use is HOT.
Vegetables that are hot
The obvious choice for hot vegetables is a hot pepper. There are many varieties from which to choose. Adding them to your diet is fairly easy and the dose can be adjusted to fit your pallet.
Additional vegetables/Foods that are spicy hot include horseradish and mustard. Both of which can be easily incorporated into our diet by using organic products.
Meals that can become “Hot”
Omelets have the versatility to work with foods you have on hand, and almost most of us love them.
Soup: Soup is also another food that is very versatile and can easily accept the addition of spicy foods to increase the taste-temperature.
Salads: Many people utilize hot peppers in salads and mustard. Mustard as a plant is grown like lettuce and can be incorporated into a salad mix.
Sauces: Many sauces can stand the addition of hot spices such as cayenne pepper.
Overall, it is fairly easy to add hot and spicy elements to our diet. The hot helps to increase cellular metabolism, and that in turn, leads our body to willing burn fat.
L-Carnitine is a very popular word these days. It has taken over the dietary supplement market and is used along side words like WEIGHT LOSS, DIET, and FAT BURNER. The reality is that L-Carnitine does help the body to turn fat into energy and then burns it off.
Benefits of L-Carnitine
- Naturally Produced by the Human Body.
- Helps the body CONVERT stored fat into energy.
- It does help people to LOSE weight.
What Is L-Carnitine?
L-Carnitine is a combination of two amino acids; The amino acid Lysine is one of the products that make up L-Carnitine and the second amino acid is Methionine. Our bodies use amino acids to break down long chains or proteins, and then reassemble them into useful products such as L-Carnitine.
What does L-Carnitine Do?
L-Carnitine works within our cells as a transport unit that moves fatty acids into the mitochondria where the fatty acids are then converted to energy that drives cellular metabolic energy. Fatty acids are produced when the body breaks down lipids which are stores of fat.
Vegetables and foods that are rich in Lysine and Methionine
Many vegetables contain lysine or methionine or even both. Some foods are even rich in L-carnitine. Increasing consumption of these foods can sometimes help people to lose their stores of stubborn fat. The word “sometimes” is used because losing weight is still about caloric intake. Choosing good foods that are both high in nutrients and low in fat, low in bad-carbs and high in fiber, can really be a challenge. Here, is a table that will help people make good food choices and maybe help them succeed in losing weight.
Lean meats such as beef are also high in L-Carnitine, but one of the many concerns about eating processed foods is the additives. While beef is not typically considered a processed food, cattle are often fed growth hormones and other non-organic products to make them grow. These products can be passed to the consumer simply by ingesting beef that is no longer organic. If dietary concerns and additives concern you then search out organic food sources. In the mean time, pay attention to the table to the right and pick foods that are high in L-Carnitine or contain the building blocks to make L-Carnitine; Lysine and Methionine.
Many of these vegetables are easy to grow, and using them on a daily basis becomes the example of a life-style change that can help you lose weight (fat) over a healthy period of time.
For those people whose body does not produce L-Carnitine
Not everyone body can produce enough L-Carnitine and for those people who’s body does not, there are supplements. Even though, many of us might prefer to get our nutrients through our diet, that is not always possible. Some people’s bodies make L-carnitine, but for whatever reason, their body is unable to move enough of it to the cellular level. Supplementing the body’s store of essential proteins can occur through the use of dietary supplements. Dietary supplements; however should not be the primary method by which we intake nutrition. The primary method for the intake of nutrition should be through our diet; however, when that is not possible then consider using dietary supplements.
The concept of losing weight should stem from the desire to be healthier. There should never be a one-size-fits-all idea about what is the proper weight, size, or shape that our bodies exhibit. Each of us has an entirely different set of parameters that come together to create a healthy body. While we may want to look a certain way, we have to take into account our own genetic ability and limitations and be a bit honest when we look at ourself with that critical eye. In short, be happy with what we have, strive to be healthy and fit, and balance out the quality of our lives with healthy and healthy living.