You may have heard from your parents, whilst growing up, “Eat your fruits and vegetables and drink water!” While everyone knows these things are good for you, following that advice is not always easy. Eating mostly fruits and vegetables and drinking water provides you with vitamins, minerals and fiber, but doesn’t always lead to weight loss. In ANY eating plan it is ALWAYS a good idea to drink more water as this also releases toxins from body systems.
Fruits and Vegetables and Weight Loss
Since fruits and vegetables tend to be low in calories, you may think consuming mostly these foods is the key to losing weight. For effective weight loss, though, your overall caloric intake would still need to decrease. A 2014 article in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” substantiated this train of thinking by noting that increased fruit and vegetable intake has not been shown to lead to weight loss.
Focusing on eating mostly these food groups without considering calories is not necessarily going to lead to shedding pounds. In addition, water is always a great choice as a calorie-free beverage, but unless you are substituting it for a high-calorie beverage, it is unlikely to cause any drastic weight changes.
Fruits and Vegetables Are Nutrient-Rich
The main reasons you’re encouraged to eat fruits and vegetables are their vitamins, minerals and fiber content. Fruits and vegetables are carbohydrate-based foods that are typically low in calories and usually contain little to no protein or fat. Vitamins A, C and K are commonly found in fruits and veggies. Vitamin C is needed for wound healing and immune function, vitamin A is necessary for vision and vitamin K is needed for blood clotting.