Buying seasonal foods ensures you get an option to select from a varied range of foods. This ensures your body get diverse nutrients and minerals. Fresh produce leaves no room for calorie-dense, less nutritious snack foods. Also plant foods are low in calories, are rich in dietary fiber which keeps you feeling fuller for longer and supports a healthy digestive system.
Eating seasonally has a number of benefits. One benefit that may not be as obvious is that eating seasonally may help you lose weight. Wait, hold the presses, what?
Yeah, you read that right. Eating seasonally can help you lose weight in a few different ways. These ways may not be as simple as you think and may require a bit of tweaking to your routine, but they are worth it! Whether they help you to lose weight or not, they can definitely help to improve your health.
Eating Seasonal Food And Weight Loss
Here’s how eating seasonally may help you lose weight and improve your health:
1. It encourages you to purchase different types of produce
Let’s face it, humans often crave routine. And our meals are no different. Sometimes this routine can be great! For example, if you have a routine smoothie for breakfast, you’ll be less likely to go through the drive-thru for a breakfast sandwich.
However, routines can often get boring. But, when we make an effort to incorporate new and different foods into our intake, not only are we doing our body a favor by providing it with a range of vital nutrients. We are also keeping our food experience exciting, fresh, and lively.
2. It leaves no room for calorie-dense, less nutritious snack foods
If you’re filling up your kitchen with fresh produce, you’ll have less room for calorie-dense snack foods and other less nutritious indulgences.
Indulgences are important to incorporate into our intake moderately. By mindfully satisfying our sweet tooth and other cravings, we can prevent a binge episode. However, for most Americans eating a Standard American Diet (SAD), indulgent-type foods (think candy, chips, cookies, pop, etc.) are often a staple in their pantries.
By swapping out these foods for seasonal produce, you create a kitchen filled with nutritious, low-calorie foods. Making swaps like this is a great way to ease your way into a healthier, more nutritious eating pattern.
3. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables are naturally lower in calories
Fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes are all typically lower in calories than meat and dairy. Now, this isn’t always true there are definitely exceptions to the rules (example: avocados and coconuts are more calorie-dense fruits than most others). And when it comes down to it, amount plays a huge role. You can have 100 calories of carrots and 100 calories of chicken breast, either way, it’s 100 calories.
But, to fill up on 100 calories of carrots vs. 100 calories of chicken breast – the volume of food is much different. Plant foods also contain fiber which helps to fill you up and keep your GI system healthy, among many more benefits.
Studies1 continue to show that vegans and vegetarians often weigh less than their meat-eating counterparts and that vegan and vegetarian diets lead to more weight loss2 than other diets.
So there you have it, 3 ways eating seasonally can help you improve your health and possibly shed some pounds. Check out this Seasonal Food Guide3 to create a shopping list of seasonal foods.
References [ + ]
|1.||↑||Comparative effectiveness of plant-based diets for weight loss: A randomized controlled trial of five different diets, Nutrition|
|2.||↑||A Guide to Healthy Weight Loss: Three weeks on a low-fat vegan diet gets you on the road to your healthy weight goal, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine|
|3.||↑||Seasonal Food Guide, Sustainable Table|