According to Kathy Freston at the Huffington Post, “An Apple a Day Melts the Pounds Away!”
Here’s her explanation:
Here’s the secret to weight loss: It’s all about crowding out, not cutting out. Crowding out is a term used in nutritional circles to describe how to eat in a healthy way so that you never even have the chance to feel hungry. You literally crowd out the junk you think you want to eat by choosing to eat key foods throughout the day so that you’re always satisfied. Isn’t that preferable to depriving yourself of foods and white-knuckling it all the way?
When you gradually add in nutrient-dense, fiber-rich foods, you simply stop feeling cravings. You run out of space in your belly for the old junk. Instead of craving, you feel full, fulfilled, and content…
She gives some fascinating specifics. Here are her conclusions:
How do apples do what they do?
There are three stages of tumor formation. Carcinogens cause the initial DNA mutations (the initiation stage), and then oxidation, inflammation, and hormones cause it to grow (the promotion stage); finally, metastasis occurs, in which the cancer spreads throughout the body. Which steps have apples been found to block? All of them. Apples not only have antimutagenic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory effects, but they may even enhance our immune systems to help clear out any budding tumors before they get their start.
So if you’re rooting around for something to eat, grab an apple while you’re looking, and usually by the time you’re finished eating it, your hunger will have been sidelined; it’s crowding out at its best! Have it in the midmorning, in the afternoon, or before a meal; it’s entirely up to you. But before the day’s end, do eat an apple. Not apple juice or applesauce (and certainly not apple pie or an apple muffin!). Just a good ol’ whole apple. Any kind will do. You might just be pleasantly surprised at how the weight starts coming off and your health begins to soar!
There’s a lot more in-between. Actually, this is a very well written article. And I’m glad she got specific and included so much about how the chemicals and antioxidants in apples can slow–or even eliminate–tumors before they can get take hold.
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Thanks, Kathy! Feel good, keep smiling and don’t forget those apples! Pat