Common sense would tell you to eat less if you’re trying to lose weight, but eating more of the right kinds of foods could be the answer. Cheryl Forberg, registered dietician and nutritionist for “The Biggest Loser,” says one way to shed pounds is by increasing your veggie intake.
Vegetables are very high in water and fiber, but low in calories, so they’re a great way to fill you up and keep you from noshing on junk food and empty carbs, Forberg explains.
The James Beard Award winning chef says most Americans aren’t eating even half the amount of daily fruits and vegetables as they should be. She recommends four cups a day of mostly veggies — go easy on the fruit, which is high in sugar and calories, and won’t fill you up for long if you eat it by itself, she cautions. Instead, sherecommends enjoying a fruit serving with protein, say, full fat Greek yogurt.
Change your daily eating habits
While clearing four cups of veggies a day can seem overwhelming, it isn’t if you find ways to work in greens throughout the day.
Cheryl’s Create-Your-Own Green Smoothie
The Formula: Greens + Liquid + Fruit + Extras
Choose 1-2 cups of greens:
Kale, spinach, chard, romaine, or any other green
Choose 2 cups of liquid:
Water, coconut milk, almond milk, rice milk
Choose 2-3 cups of fruit:
Banana, apple, pear, persimmon, avocado, oranges, etc
Extras:Cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, cayenne, chia seeds, flax seeds, yogurt