If you are overweight, or obese, like most you are probably very aware that a healthy diet goes a long way towards preventing any number of diseases. Indeed, what you eat, or even what you fail to eat can have a marked affect on your overall health and your blood pressure in particular. Similarly, should you lose or gain weight that change will have a great deal to do with your blood pressure. Here is how adding fruit smoothies to your diet can help both your weight and your blood pressure.
Many people who have not been able to successfully lose weight and have tried the fad commercial diets only to fail again and again almost always underestimate the number of calories they consume on a daily basis. This is a problem because you can not start to lose weight until your body starts to burn more calories than it takes in. Knowing how many calories you eat each day is a vital first step in any weight loss program. Adding fruit smoothies to your daily meal plans can significantly decrease the number of calories you consume.
The most effective way to keep track of calories is to keep track of everything you eat each day in a food diary. If you are accurate about recording everything you eat or drink you will begin to see the real story about how much you eat. Once you have a better understanding of how much you eat each day you can begin to put methods in place, such as adding fruit smoothies to your diet, to help you begin to reduce. You might well find out all that’s required is to make some dietary substitutions and portion control to begin to lose weight and bring your blood pressure numbers under control.
Almost all of the food choices we make affect health and blood pressure in one way or another. Salt, for instance, is very bad for some people but not so for others. The difficulty with salt is that no one can tell how it really affects you until you begin to have heart problems. It is a very good idea to limit your salt intake all the time.
To effectively limit your salt intake avoid canned foods as they often use sodium as a preservative. Lunch meats and processed foods are also good to avoid as well as all fast foods. Other choices are very good for your heart and general health. Substances such as potassium and magnesium are very good for your heart and blood pressure. The same goes for dietary fiber found in fruits and vegetables.
Some of the vegetable and fruits that are rich in dietary fiber, potassium and magnesium are apples, bananas, broccoli, carrots, grapefruit, grapes, Lima beans, spinach, apricots, green beans, tomatoes, strawberries, and many others. It is no coincidence that most, if not all of these healthy ingredients can be successfully used in vegetable and fruit smoothies.
One of the most repeated excused people give to researchers about why they don’t eat more fruits and vegetables is that they are difficult and take to long to prepare. Vegetable and fruit smoothies answer that objection by being every easy to prepare without a lot of fuss and bother. All that is required is a decent blender and your will to make it happen.
Because vegetable and fruit smoothies can be made with just about any fruit or vegetable, there is an almost infinite variety of recipes available for you to choose from. That wide selection means changing your diet to keep a healthy balance between cholesterol and diet does not have to be that difficult as you are certain to find many recipes you enjoy.