Posted by: Olgen K. Ifti | October 4, 2010

3 surprising ways fruits and veggies help you lose weight – Amen Clinics

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According to Dr. Amen, eating more fruits and veggies is one of the keys to getting control of your weight. There are three surprising ways these superfoods can help you lose weight and five ways to sneak more fruits and veggies into your diet.

1. Many vegetables and fruits are low-glycemic, which means they don’t cause your blood sugar to spike and then crash later. When your blood sugar gets too low, it reduces blood flow to the brain, which can impair your judgment and increase impulsivity. That’s a recipe for more bad decisions, like reaching for the carrot cake instead of the raw carrots.

2. Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber. You may already know that eating fiber helps you feel full longer so you don’t get the munchies an hour after you eat. But did you know that dietary fiber helps regulate the appetite hormone ghrelin, which tells you that you are hungry?

Ghrelin levels are often out of whack in people with a high BMI so you always feel hungry no matter how much you eat. New research shows that high ghrelin levels not only make you feel hungrier, they also increase the desire for high-calorie foods compared to low-calorie fare, so it’s a double whammy. But fiber can help. A 2009 study showed that eating a diet high in fiber helped balance ghrelin levels in overweigh

via 3 surprising ways fruits and veggies help you lose weight – Amen Clinics.

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