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Pumpkin for weight loss

pumpkinPumpkin is an incredibly useful vegetable and is a record-holder for the number and variety of nutrients. The content of pro-vitamin “A” in a pumpkin exceeds carrots five times. Pumpkin is often called the sun or a storehouse of health. It contains such vitamins as “E”, “C”, “PP”, vitamins of “B” group and others. Ophthalmologists recommend drinking pumpkin juice in case of problems with eyesight. This vegetable is useful due to the content of iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc.

Besides the pumpkin is valued for the content of vitamin T, which is also called carnitine, L-carnitine. This helpful vitamin promotes better assimilation of fatty junk food. That is, it helps to fight obesity by burning deposits of fat. Nutritionists appreciate pumpkin for this quality and recommend it to people with excess weight.

The diet based on using pumpkin is designed for 2 weeks and is able to help to lose weight by 8 kg. The first condition is a removal of sugar from the ration and a significant limitation of the salt intake. Caloric content of your ration will be 1000 – 1200 kcal. Your drinks during the diet are non-carbonated mineral water and unsweetened coffee or tea. For a snack, you can use fruits and slices of raw pumpkin. But beware, raw pumpkin is not desirable in the case of pathologies of gastrointestinal tract or pancreas. Also, it is worth to note that the use of sweet fruit will not bring the desired result. Your breakfast should start with a pumpkin salad with fruits or vegetables. Standard condition, dinner must be no later than at 18.00.

Approximate menu:

Breakfast

Pumpkin and carrot salad with lemon juice. Porridge with pumpkin can be prepared by the following recipe: take 200 grams of pumpkin, cut into cubes and simmer in water for half an hour, then you should add the cereal (1 tbsp of rice, millet or oat flakes) and simmer for another half hour, add some salt into the finished porridge. You can also add a bit of skim milk.

Lunch

Pumpkin soup with the addition of carrots, bell peppers, zucchini, and (optionally) a potato. Soup should be cooked over low heat, and before it is finished, add a spoonful of any vegetable oil, tomatoes, herbs and a little salt.

Pumpkin salad with apples: grate sweet apples and pumpkin, and sprinkle with lemon juice or nonfat yogurt or kefir.

Dinner

First, you need to braise the pumpkin, then cut into slices and bake in a moderately heated oven (about 180 ° C). When the dish is ready, sprinkle it with lemon juice. After, you can grease the slices by 1 teaspoon of honey.

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