Losing weight can be difficult without proper guidance. A useful tool to help that process along is the humble tomato. Perhaps you have a bushel of tomatoes hanging out in your garden. Tomatoes grown with organic fertilizers can be much healthier options to eat than the ones found in stores.
The reason being that tomatoes help with weight loss are that they are an incredibly healthy and filling food. Find out why here:
- Low in Calories
Consider that a single medium tomato is roughly 22 calories. Adding tomatoes to your meals will not push you over your calorie goal for the day. Remove high-calorie foods from your diet and substitute tomatoes instead.
- High in Fiber
Tomatoes are high in fiber. When you eat them you will then feel fuller from your meal than from low fiber foods. Use tomatoes to replace low fiber foods in meals.
- Burns More Calories
Studies have shown that when tomato juice was consumed it resulted in more calories being used by the body while at rest. This means that it increased the individual’s metabolism. A higher overall metabolism will aid with weight loss. Add tomato juice to your breakfast plans.
- Low Glycemic
Low glycemic foods have a low impact on raising blood sugar levels. People wishing to lose weight must maintain a stable blood sugar level as high blood sugar, in turn, raises insulin. Insulin promotes fat storage in the body. Eating tomatoes regularly will help maintain your blood sugar levels rather than raise them.
Antioxidants help the body to prevent fat storage and thus weight gain. Tomatoes are high in antioxidants. Using tomatoes more in meals will assist your bodies natural ability to prevent excess weight gain.
Tomatoes have a compound know as Lycopene. Lycopene is incredibly helpful in that it prevents inflammation and lowers blood pressure. After an active day treat yourself to a bloody mary.
- Regulates Cholesterol
Tomatoes help to lower LDL cholesterol which is generally considered to be bad cholesterol. They also help to increase HDL cholesterol which is known to be good cholesterol. Having good levels of both LDL and HDL cholesterol helps with weight loss and to lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
Be mindful to be balanced in your diet. No one food should dominate every meal of every day. Eating an unhealthy excess of tomatoes does have negative side effects. These include possible headaches, diarrhea, stomach pains, forming of kidney stones, high stomach acidity, gout pain, the increase in heart rate, and dryness around your mouth. As long as you don’t go around eating 10 pounds of tomatoes you should be fine.
Tomatoes are a wonderful food to add to most meals to assist in weight loss. However, meaningful weight loss requires burning more calories than you consume. Using tomatoes as substitutes for higher calorie foods in meals will make it easier to burn the number of calories for an overall net loss.
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Laura is the founder of HumidGarden.com. She loves nature especially when it comes to flowers and different kinds of plants. Humid Garden is created to provide aspiring and inspiring thoughts about gardening for gardeners and anyone who has the intention of keeping a garden. You can find Laura on Twitter at @LauraBennett_HG