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With the new year coming, it’s a sure bet that plenty of people will be diving head first into ambitious weight-loss plans. Some will hit the gym and others will strive to eat healthier foods, but many will simply attempt to “cut calories”. As you might expect, not all weight loss strategies are equal. Counting calories is, ultimately, an ineffective weight loss technique. Limiting caloric intake may help shed a few quick pounds, but long-term it is unhealthy (if not done carefully) and could actually lead to weight gain! Counting calories is a poor weight loss strategy largely due to the misconception that “a calorie is a calorie”. In reality, the quality of calories varies greatly from food to food. Calories from nutrient-dense foods such as broccoli, nuts, eggs, and chicken provide long-lasting energy while helping the body produce fat-burning hormones. On the other hand, calories from processed foods with…

From childhood, we’re told to eat more “leafy greens” and that when it comes to vegetables, “the darker the better!” It is important to include leafy greens in our diets because they are low in fat, high in fiber, include abundant vitamins, and are rich in folic acid. But that’s not all! There is one more little-recognized element found exclusively in green fruits and vegetables. That element is Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the pigment that makes plants green. It is found in kale, spinach, apples, kiwi, green beans and more. Studies have shown that a diet rich in chlorophyll provides many health benefits. Here are just three to get your started: Chlorophyll helps curb hunger and limit those pesky cravings. In addition to suppressing hunger, chlorophyll promotes the secretion of a hormone called CCK, which assists in metabolizing fat and protein. This makes intentional consumption of chlorophyll a natural and healthy…