There are many diet plans available in the market that will help you cut the calories and lose weight. However, whether the diet plan makes you healthier at the end of the program is questionable. New research indicates that the best way to lose weight is to consume foods that have high levels of antioxidants. This new diet plan is based on a scale called the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) scale. This scale represents numbers/points that correspond to the different antioxidant levels that foods represent.
Antioxidants scavenge the free radicals generated in the body due to various stress factors including oxidation, pollutants, disease, etc. Free radicals are instrumental in the onset and progress of degenerative diseases such as cancer and heart disease and are known to accelerate aging of the human body. Whereas a normal diet would provide up to ORAC 3000 points, a heavy antioxidant diet with 30,000 points is more fruitful in helping an individual to lose weight than burning calories, according to nutritionist Keri Glassman, a proponent of the ORAC scale diet. Having foods that contain high levels of antioxidants ensures that the right amount of nutrients is absorbed by the body which actually makes one lose weight without trying too hard.
Given below is a list of 13 healthiest foods that have high levels of antioxidants and are low on calories which are guaranteed to leave you healthy at the end of the diet plan:
# 1: Artichokes are loaded with phytonutrients that lower cholesterol. They are high on the ORAC scale with 7900 points.
# 2: Adding just an ounce of lemon juice to the eight glasses of water can take up the ORAC numbers by 3200. Pectin is a soluble fiber that aids weight loss and is found in lemon peel.
# 3: Consuming half a grapefruit (the red variety) containing lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, adds 1900 ORAC points to the diet.
# 4: Figs are a great way to slow down the aging of your body and even a few figs will load the blood with antioxidants for more than 4 hours. The ORAC points contained in two small figs equal 2700.
# 5: Half a cup of red bell peppers make up about 600 ORAC points in addition to containing large amounts of vitamins A, C, and E.
# 6: Your fruit diet can be made of half a cup of diced watermelon that will add 200 ORAC points and also has loads of the antioxidant lycopene.
# 7: beans contain phytonutrients such as saponins that are helpful in preventing cancer and half a cup of beans contains as much as 7800 ORAC points.
# 8: Rich in Vitamin K and the mineral boron, just 3 numbers of prunes contain 1900 ORAC points.
# 9: Dark cherries contain anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants. They are known to reduce belly fat, and lower sugar and cholesterol. The ORAC count in one serving of cherries in the diet is 3500 points.
# 10: Dark chocolate contains flavonoid antioxidants, adds to heart health and an ounce of dark chocolate provides up to 5900 ORAC points.
# 11: Blueberries are anti-inflammatory and are known to improve brain functions. One cup serving can provide 9700 ORAC points.
# 12: Cinnamon is also believed to improve neurotransmitter function. Adding a mere teaspoon of cinnamon powder to the diet can provide as much as 7000 ORAC points.
# 13: Plums act as antidepressants and addition of one plum to the diet can add up to 4100 ORAC points.