Lentils For Weight Loss

Introduction And Background
Losing weight is one of the hardest things one can do. Food is irresistible to many. Then imagine having a large appetite and then turning to foods you probably don’t like with little portions of it too! However, there are many diets which have made the process comparatively easier for you and you can easily turn to different things. If you are a vegetarian, there are numerous vegetarian diets that can help you (although very few vegetarians go towards the obese side). Similarly, lentils are also a very powerful weight loss tool. Read this article further to find out why and what kind of lentils you should be eating without worrying about your weight or how many calories you have consumed.

Why Are Lentils A Weight Loss Tool?
Why are lentils a weight loss tool you ask? Well, you should know that lentils have a lot of fiber in them! We all know that fiber is the perfect food. It does not make you gain any weight and is removed from the body without giving you many calories. Fiber is probably the only food one can have (aside from protein) without counting calories or being afraid of ruining the diet. In fact, a lot of people keep fiber foods in their house as a healthy snack during their diet. Fiber also lowers blood cholesterol levels which also lowers fat storage and is really a healthy benefit for you! Another thing which makes lentils a weight loss tool is that they are pretty good in protein without having any of the animal fat. Meat is obviously the grade one source of protein but lentils are not far behind with their low-fat protein contents. So with this combination, you obviously have a very good food option which will satisfy your hunger as well as lower your appetite along with it!

Other Health Benefits Of Lentils
Lentils are the complete package. After reading this, you will honestly be wondering why on Earth they are so underrated. Let’s face it, very few people really like lentils or turn to them when they are hungry. But you should keep lentils to cook around the house. Here are a few other health benefits besides weight loss which might interest you:

  • You already know that lowered blood cholesterol levels are lowered when you eat lentils. With people who have cholesterol problems, they seriously should consider this a pretty good option.
  • Blood sugar levels are also stabilized better after eating lentils. Diabetic patients or those who are at a risk for diabetes need to have lentils in their food.
  • Lentils have a lot of folic acid in them. Folic acid is a pretty important nutrient. It can help prevent dementia and a lot of other diseases as well. You need your daily requirement of Folic Acid and you can easily get it if you eat lentils!
  • Did you know that lentils also have a lot of iron in them? This is especially important for women because they are usually more anemic than men. You can get iron from green, leafy vegetables as well but not everyone is fond of vegetables. Thus, eating lentils can also fulfill your daily iron requirements.
  • Lentils are also a good source of magnesium. Magnesium is a vital mineral that helps control the smooth muscles of the body. It also helps to regulate and control your blood pressure. Imagine that, lentils helping to regulate blood pressure! You’ll be thinking that there is probably no other food on the planet more beneficial than lentils!

What Kind Of Lentils Should You Have?
There are many kinds of lentils but the ones most heard of are the brown, green and red lentils. All of these lentils have all the nutritious content in them and all of them are suitable for weight loss. The difference arises in the taste and the cooking format. For instance, brown lentils are often a little mushy after you cook them but the green lentils stick to their shape and provide a nutty flavor. Red lentils are comparatively easier to cook. So you can put them in your soups, cook them and eat them then or make an entire new recipe out of them. No matter what format you have lentils in, you will get the health benefits.

Conclusion
You cannot starve yourself and lose weight. You still need to have a few nutritious contents that are essential and important such as proteins, vitamins and minerals. It is better if they are present in your diet food. However, lentils also have a lot of vitamins and minerals that you need to have daily and they are a high protein food. If you’re in the mood to lose weight or even eat healthy, do think of lentils!

 

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