Vegetables don’t just help your body by providing it with the necessary nutrients that it needs. Studies have found that some vegetables actually help you burn fat the more that your consume them.
These fat burning vegetables are all members of the brassicaceae family, also known as cruciferous vegetables and are called as such because of the cross shaped petals of their flowers.
How do they burn fat?
Cruciferous vegetables are naturally dense with phytonutrients that can work wonders with the digestive and metabolic system. Consuming these vegetables regularly can have a lasting impact on your overall health as they are rich in vitamin C, dietary fibers and other essential nutrients. Even more, glucosinolates, naturally found in cruciferous vegetables, have been found to fight some types of cancer cells.
Moderation is still important when consuming anything and this includes something as healthy as cruciferous vegetables. Over consumption may lead to allergies and goiter and it may also interfere with some medication. For military diet success stories to inspire you, check out our piece on this interesting topic.
Common cruciferous vegetables
These vegetables have a wide distribution and are available almost everywhere.
Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, horseradish, Bok Choy, watercress, Brussels sprouts and mustard greens are the more popular members of this family.
Cruciferous vegetables and the military diet
For the first three days, only the first two include a serving of vegetables for dinner and these include green beans and broccoli. Substitutions considered the replacement should have the same number of calorie. For information on vegetarian meals in the military diet, see our must-read article on this.
For example, if broccoli would be cycled out, you can replace it with an equivalent amount of kale or watercress. If you will be replacing green beans, consider substituting cabbage or Bok Choy for it.
You can also eat more cruciferous vegetables during off days as long as you don’t exceed the calorie target during. Eating vegetables frequently is good for the body and the nutrient and natural chemicals you absorb can help in weight loss and extending your life span.
To give you an insight on what to expect in the military diet, see our earlier piece on this topic.