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Eating Carrots for Weight Loss

Updated on July 30, 2012

Carrots for Weight Loss

Did you know that you can burn fats just by crunching on a few carrot sticks? Carrots have a wide range of nutritional and health benefits that not only keep your system healthy and well-functioning but also help stave off additional fats and keep your body slim. A healthy diet plan and regular exercise is the sure way to lose weight and stay fit. Carrots for weight loss is a really great way to start off your weight loss diet programme. Regular eating of carrots will help you achieve your goal for weight loss.

Carrots for Weight Loss :: Low Calories and High Fiber

Carrots have very few calories so when they are being digested by the body, a lot more calories are used to break down the carrots as compared to the calories that are in the carrots. Carrots contain a lot of dietary fiber. As you may know, fiber isn't nutritious but the body enzymes try to break down the fiber in foods anyway. They need energy to digest and break down the fiber so the many enzymes sent by the stomach glands use almost all the food's energy in trying to breakdown its fiber. In so doing, the metabolism of your body is increased and the sugars that might have otherwise been converted to fats, will have already gotten used up. Carotene and other significant anti-oxidants protect your body organs from wearing out so they can function smoothly and burn calories.

Fresh carrots for weight loss
Fresh carrots for weight loss | Source
Fresh carrots for weight loss
Fresh carrots for weight loss | Source

Carrots for Weight Loss :: Anti-cholesterol

For people who are over weight and trying to lose their excess weight, carrots are very essential for fighting against high cholesterol levels in the body. Nowadays, many of the junk foods we snack on are guaranteed to have at least a little cholesterol, and you don’t even have to check on the nutrition facts to confirm this! A little cholesterol isn’t bad for you, but when piled up, the results can be very hazardous. Carrots can easily curb down the bad cholesterol in your body and raise good cholesterol. Yes, you may have thought all cholesterol was bad – but actually there is bad cholesterol, as well as good cholesterol. Heart problems may arise due to high levels of bad cholesterol culminating in blocked arteries. The carotene contained in carrots is very beneficial as it inhibits cholesterol from becoming toxic and forming clots that block arteries and eventually causing cardiovascular diseases. Carrots can help you keep the bad cholesterol in check as they are rich in anti-cholesterol fiber including pectin and provide a natural way to steer clear of heart problems.

Carrots for weight loss: Pureed Carrot Soup
Carrots for weight loss: Pureed Carrot Soup | Source

Carrots for Weight Loss :: As a fat substitute

Whether it's a carrot vegetable soup or carrot chutney you want to keep fat-free, you can use carrots as a replacement for fat. Carrots can act as a thickener for various dishes such as sauces, soups and casseroles. Carrots can also be consumed as a healthy snack. Consider muching on a few carrot sticks the next time you feel like having a greasy snack.

A Healthy Calorie Burning Glass of Carrot Juice

Cucumber, paisley and carrot juice; carrots for weight loss.
Cucumber, paisley and carrot juice; carrots for weight loss. | Source

Carrots for Weight Loss :: Recipes

Toss it in a salad!

You can either shred those carrots or chop them lengwise and toss them into your salad. Add spinach and tomatoes too for a colorful and immune-boosting salad. Remember, spinach and other dark leaved vegetables are also rich in beta carotene that promotes well functioning body organs. That's an added bonus!

Make a refreshing juice! Carrot juice is a wonderful energizer, especially since it contains a lot of beneficial vitamins. You can blend yourself a healthy drink by blending carrot juice with a measurable amount of ginger-you don't want to burn your throat! Add a dash of lemon squeeze for a slightly tangy taste.

Carrot pudding. For desert, a delicious cold carrot pudding with cream cheese frosting would be absolutely satisfying. If not, try out the unique Indian carrot pudding that is just as rich and creamy.

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      samike 

      4 years ago

      have also heard of one case why a dietary plan including carrot reversed glycomer and also a patient a patient sufferring from cancer was totally cured drinking freshly juiced carrots!

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      theslimdude 

      5 years ago

      Jennifer, are these low calorie recipes??

    • Rehana Stormme profile imageAUTHOR

      Rehana Stormme 

      6 years ago

      Hi Jennifer! I do love carrot cake and the sugarless version would be good with tea, though I try to avoid both tea and coffee as much as I can. Thanks for commenting!

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      jenniferg78 

      6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      I love carrot cake! But usually I make a healthier pie type thing- I had a recipe that called for eggs, flour, sugar and some spices. I was able to cut the sugar in half so I can eat it guilt free!

    • Rehana Stormme profile imageAUTHOR

      Rehana Stormme 

      6 years ago

      Hi Jennifer, thanks for leaving a comment! Although I haven't made carrot pudding myself, it does sound interesting. I've baked carrot cake before and it's one of my favorites - rich, dense and moist.

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      jenniferg78 

      6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      hmmm carrot pudding. sounds like an interesting idea. I am searching for recipes now. Thanks.

    • Rehana Stormme profile imageAUTHOR

      Rehana Stormme 

      6 years ago

      Hi LABrashear! Thanks for stopping by and reading this hub! Your comments are much appreciated!

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      LABrashear 

      6 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      Lots of great information here. I always knew they were good for you, but did not realize how good.

    • Rehana Stormme profile imageAUTHOR

      Rehana Stormme 

      6 years ago

      Hello there, Brian Slater! Welcome to the hub above and thank you for that very insightful comment! Carrots are definitely most well known for their benefits to the eyes, and I'm working on a hub that exclusively deals with that. Thanks once again for stopping by!

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      Brian Slater 

      6 years ago from England

      Useful information here. Carrots are also the best vegetable for maintaining good eyesight as well as all the other benefits you have mentioned. Men inparticular should eat them as much as possible because scientic studies have shown them to fight prostate cancer.

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