Ladies, think about how you do your hair each day.
Some of you can get by with *just* conditioner or *just* using shampoo. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t have other products on hand– your hair just won’t look its absolute best.
To have the BEST hairdo, you may use an anti-frizz serum, a leave-in conditioner, a volumizing spray, and/or hair spray etc.
Your hair looks a lot better when you use the extras, right?
When you add the little – seemingly insignificant – things into your daily routine.
Vegetables are the equivalent of those seemingly insignificant things…for fat loss and health.
The reality is, you *can* lose weight without vegetables.
But when you eat vegetables and give your body those incredible vitamins and minerals, you are allowing yourself to have the best ingredients.
Therefore, just because you can lose fat without them, it doesn’t mean you should (or that it’s going to be sustainable in the long-term).
Vegetables are important.
Veggies, especially cruciferous veggies can lead to bloating, when consumed in large amounts. If you eat too many, they will leave you very gas-y. It is not a comfortable feeling. Eat the amount that you like, but don’t over do it, thinking it will make you thinner. It may make you bloated in the short term and uncomfortable.
Takeaway: try to mix and match your vegetables. Don’t feel obligated to eat three large servings of cruciferous vegetables daily. Be mindful of the portion size that feels best to your belly, and stick with that.
2) Hidden calories
If your goal is fat loss, the bottom line is that whatever you eat, you must find a way to be at a caloric deficit.
If you are focusing on maintaining a deficit, the goal caloric intake is important to manage.
Veggies are often sautéed or baked in a lot of butter or olive oil at restaurants.
Thus very quickly, restaurants can make a good thing your number one enemy. If you have a nice 400 calorie dinner at a restaurant, it may actually be more like 600, depending on what fats the vegetables are cooked in or how they are fixed up.
Takeway: MAKE SURE you ask the waiter or waitress how the vegetables are prepared. You might be better off without them. Remember, you are the guest at the restaurant, so if you really want them, ask the server for the kitchen to prepare them *your* way (steamed is your best bet).
3) Lack of calories
It is true, vegetables are low calorie, nutrient dense foods. They can actually be filling due to all the water. It can be easy to eat them in large volumes and feel incredibly “stuffed.”
But how will you feel one hour later?
A large “bowl” of broccoli may only have 100 calories.
100 calories is not a meal.
Chicken plus 100 calories is not a substantial meal.
If you continue your week with that large of a caloric deficit there is a very good chance of overeating (probably not with more broccoli) later on in the week, *or* feeling incredibly famished.
Takeaway: Make sure if you are able to consume a large portion of vegetables you still get enough calories throughout the day.
Juices and juicing are super trendy right now.
Some juices are actually incredibly delicious. And it is awesome that you can get so many nutrients in one tasty juice.
However, when one large bushel of kale, a large head of broccoli, two apples, beets, a pear, lemon, four carrots, mint and parsley are all squeezed together, for example, you are going to definitely be getting more than 100 calories.
Those 100 plus calories will not necessarily fill you up unless your stomach is the size of a golf ball and you are a sedentary person.
They will provide wonderful nutrients.
However the nutrients come without the fiber.
Tread lightly with juices- especially if they include fruit. The fruit juices can have exorbitant amounts of sugar that go untracked because they are disguised as “healthy” juice snacks that are not very filling.
If you are on a fat loss journey this is more important for you to take note of. Do not let those sneaky juices become snacks three times a day and think you are getting slimmer, especially if each one has over 20 grams of sugar. Be moderate with the juices.
Takeaway: Stick to the vegetable-only juices if you are on a fat loss mission and make sure you consume protein with the juice and fiber at other meals during the day.