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The Importance of Color in the Diet

Essential part of the strategy to lose weight is a diet plan, and there are a books and programs in the market that proves the great demand on losing excess fat; different kinds of strategies that include rotational caloric intake, cyclical macro-nutrient scheme and restrictions of one or two macro-nutrients. Let’s not forget the so called cleansing diets that require the restriction of major food groups for a period of time, and liquid diets. These may work for a short period of time, losing not just fat but muscle mass, because the body is more sensible in what it really needs and will find ways to get what it is deprived of. On the other end of the sphere are weight loss programs that are proven efficient in losing excess fat as well as in maintaining the ideal muscle mass; and this is where the importance of color moves in.
These weight loss programs aim on balancing the macro-nutrient intake and including the importance of micro-nutrients. Nutrients found in colorful foods such as brown rice, multi-grains, raw vegetables and fruits are packed with the combination of macro and micro nutrients. Our bodies represent a world within that involves more than 1000 biochemical processes to keep it running smoothly and all nutrients play important roles in these functions. Green leafy vegetables, carrots, red beets, tomatoes, strawberries and grapes and other vegetables and fruits provide carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and photochemical that play important roles in these processes.

We often see the substitution of simple carbohydrates to complex through fruits and vegetables in weight loss programs like Mediterranean, Sonoma and Glycemic Impact Diets, to name a few. The reason behind this is simple, slow release of carbohydrates into the blood stream because it takes a while to digest through the fibers and get to the sugar in the fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Another reason to include color in your weight loss diet plan is the antioxidant benefits of these foods. Antioxidants are natural chemical compounds that react in the oxidation processes in the body like in burning fats, oxidation releases free radicals like LDL (lipoprotein) that carries cholesterol into the bloodstream. Antioxidants deactivate these free radicals that cause heart disease and other disorders.

Instead of following any nutrient restricting weight loss program, start small, include color into your diet, and turn away from the white stuff. Benefits of these foods go far beyond staving off the sugar craving.

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