Let's find out some of the most useful tips for losing weight and regaining well-being
Spring has finally arrived: the days are getting longer and the temperatures are getting warmer. Many of us, during the long winter, find themselves with a few extra pounds which, in view of the summer, they are determined to eliminate. But what are the best foods to bring to the table, to lose weight easily and stay healthy?
Any self-respecting diet includes large portions of vegetables, even better if they are in season. In spring, you can fill up on asparagus: rich in substances important for our well-being, they are also a particularly suitable ingredient for the Easter menu. Their diuretic action is very useful for keeping the kidneys active and for reducing water retention, while the presence of numerous flavonoids guarantees excellent antioxidant efficacy – essential for fighting cellular aging and for preventing various diseases such as cancer and heart attack.
Asparagus is also an important source of vitamins and minerals, as well as folic acid. The latter substance plays a fundamental role in pregnancy, contributing to the development of the fetal nervous system. While the detox effect due to the presence of water and fiber makes them excellent allies for those who follow a slimming diet. There are several varieties of asparagus, each of which lends itself to a multitude of delicious recipes. All you have to do is choose your favorite and prepare a special dish.
Proper nutrition absolutely does not disregard the specific needs of each of us – which is why it is not easy to find a diet that can be universally suitable. For example, in women over 40 it is necessary to pay particular attention to the nutrients to be introduced, so as to achieve the right balance to regain well-being. You cannot totally give up carbohydrates, because these are our first "fuel" and provide our body with the energy it needs to keep going.
Rather, those to be reduced are simple sugars (such as white sugar) which are found in many foods, even in packaged ones. Did you know instead that fats are particularly useful for keeping our skin beautiful? Dr. Erica Cassani, surgeon specialist in Food Science in Milan and Legnano (Mi) and member of the ENGP scientific committee, explained to us how important it is to take good quantities of omega-3 fatty acids to counteract the aging of skin.
If, on the other hand, our goal is to combat inflammation in the body, the Zone Diet could have particularly interesting implications. Dr. Barry Sears, president of the Inflammation Research Foundation and pioneer of anti-inflammatory nutritional strategy, has published the book Zone of Resolution to explain how the damage caused by inflammation can be reduced through nutrition.
The most important nutrients include omega-3 fatty acids and polyphenols. The former in fact favor the synthesis of hormones essential for their anti-inflammatory role, and can be found above all in fatty fish. Polyphenols, on the other hand, of which fruits and vegetables are rich, repair damaged tissues and thus slow down cellular aging.