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How to become Size Zero

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It is cliched, but true that, “You are what you eat!

How we look, how we feel, how healthy we are, how we perform our daily tasks, it all narrows down to what we eat. How easy it would be if we knew which foods could be beneficial to us to help us feel energetic, to help us improve our health, to help us battle out our body fat and get to a size zero.

These foods are rated on the basis of the health benefits they provide, the fibre content, their vitamin and mineral content as well as low fat and caloric content. Also note that, these foods work best for a size zero when combined with an all round healthy diet and regular exercise regimen.


Oatmeal

Touted as the breakfast of athletes all around the world, this mushy, gushy delicious grain can be the first addition you could make to your new and healthy diet and lifestyle change to reach that size zero. Unlike other breakfast cereals that are loaded with sugar and stripped of all fibre, which give you a sugar-loaded burst of energy and then drop drastically, allowing it to drop.

Oats are slow to digest and thus provide you a steady sustained flow of energy to take you through the first few hours of the day. Oatmeal is also loaded with fibre, especially the soluble kind, and has thus been proven to be invaluable in the battle against high cholesterol and triglyceride levels that eventually bring you to a size zero.


Right way to eat:

Mix it with milk, fruit, yoghurt or nuts; have it hot or cold; use it in cooking -- just make sure to make this heart healthy food a part of your daily size zero breakfast diet.


Tomatoes

Yes, I know. This is always considered to be only for salad dressing. One should understand that its lot more than to just used for dressing. These tiny little red friends are a lot more powerful and beneficial to us than we could ever imagine. Tomatoes contains lycopene, a bright red colored carotenoid pigment, which is good for health.Not only has this powerful carotenoid been proven to improve immunity as well as reduce the risk of developing heart attacks, it has also been proven, to reduce the risk of cancers of the prostate, breast, lung, stomach, pancreas, esophagus, mouth and help you get to size zero. While we realize that there are just so many raw tomatoes that we can stomach, here is where it gets more interesting. Research shows that lycopene in tomatoes can be absorbed more efficiently by the body if processed into sauce and ketchup, thus making the tomato one of the few vegetables that is actually more beneficial in its processed or cooked form than when its raw.


Almonds

People may ask, “Are you Nuts?”, when you talk nonsense or crazy. But one doesn't understand the value of a nut. Nuts have always managed to get a bad rap due to their high caloric content.

Thus, they are often overlooked for their fibre and protein content as well as being an important source of healthy unsaturated fats and numerous beneficial minerals and vitamins.

While all nuts do have their benefits, if I had to name just one as the most beneficial, it would have to be almonds. These tasty, crunchy treats are sprinkled into cereals, salads, ice cream as well as being a calming cooling airline snack we rely on to curb our hunger during those long flights. Little do we realize that not only do almonds provide taste and texture to foods, they also provide more complete nutrition in one handful than you can imagine and are perfect in the right quantity to get to size zero.


Caloric Content:

Just 28 grams (around 23 almonds) provide us with 9 grams of mono-unsaturated fatty acid, 6 grams of muscle building protein, 3 grams of fiber, 200 mg of potassium, 65 mg of bone strengthening calcium as well as a hearty dose of vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorous, copper, zinc and riboflavin. As with most other foods, moderation is important to reach that size zero figure.


Milk
Piyo glassful Dhooh!!! Something our mothers always told us to drink before we left our home, when we were kids. Milk is one of the highest quality sources of whole food protein, for vegetarians, with a biological value second to eggs, which only an eggeterian prefers.

And let's not forget the calcium content that milk provides us with, preventing our bones from becoming weak and hollow and developing osteoporosis later in life. Recent studies have also proved that calcium could be beneficial in our battle against body fat and help us reach size zero. Just make sure to have low fat or fat free milk, which provides us with the same important nutrients minus the fat and the cholesterol. So let's thank our mommies for nagging us all those years and drink away to a lean muscular physique as a size zero would be!



Check: Also check that you are not lactose intolerant before you drink milk.


Fish
Strictly for non-vegetarians!
Who would have thought that our smelly friends from the sea could prove to be one of the most beneficial foods in the world? When we were younger, fish was inexplicably considered 'brain food'.

Studies in later years concluded that the omega 3 fatty acids were what actually made fish brain food, as well as making it one of the most beneficial foods as far as heart health, lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels and treating psychiatric illnesses, like depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, were considered. Recent studies have also shown benefits of omega 3 fatty acids for people suffering from arthritis and other joint conditions.

Let us not forget the protein punch that fish provides us with, as well as delicious taste whether we decide to order it soaked in butter and garlic or whether we decide to go healthy and have it steamed or grilled.


As every fish has its own unique taste and beneficial characteristics, mackerel and salmon tops, as far as omega 3 fatty acid content goes.

For Vegetarians - People don't have to eat fish to be healthy. Meatless diets should contain omega-3 rich plant foods that balance foods high in omega-6. Foods that contain appreciable amounts of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the vegetarian omega-3, includes,

  • English walnuts

  • Olive oil

  • Leafy green vegetables

  • Pumpkin seeds

  • Soybeans/ Soybean oil