According from the latest CDC report, we are not spending enough time shopping in the produce aisle, as over 75% of Americans are not eating the minimum recommended 4.5 cups of fruits and vegetables daily. This dietary shortfall may partially explain why over 65% of Americans are overweight.
Snacking on low calorie, high fiber, fruits and vegetables daily can help reduce your weight as Mother Nature’s finest will “fill you up before they fill you out”. In other words, you’ll likely get full on produce before you have a chance to overeat. In contrast, higher calorie, less filling snacks such as chips, crackers, and bagels are so easy to overeat that they can quickly fill you out in the wrong places.
If you are falling short of a quota of 4.5 cups fruits and veggies daily, make produce your only snack of choice and the best choice to trim your waist. Here are 5 easy fruit and veggie snack ideas
Eating Breakfast Can Make Your Slimmer
Some research suggests that people who skip breakfast have a higher body mass index (BMI), which is a measure of your weight in relationship to your height and a higher tendency of being overweight. With two thirds of Americans overweight, a morning meal may just be the best kept waist-trimming secret. Here is more information about the benefits of breakfast and WHAT to eat to start your day.
A healthy breakfast that will fuel your morning and fight hunger should contain a combination of nutrient-rich carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits and veggies along with some some lean protein and a smidgen of fat. Fiber, protein, and fat will help you feel full longer! Here are Picture Perfect Breakfast Combos.