We often wonder if there is a magic bullet for weight loss. The short answer is no. I posted about this on my personal Facebook yesterday, and lost some "friends" over it. However, research is discovering some fascinating pieces of information and one food that may help is kimchi.
My weightloss journey of over 70lbs was certainly not an easy one, or a quick fix. You see, I lost some weight and then everything started to fall apart.
I was never taught how to eat, meaning nutritious foods. I was taught "a point is a point" so I could have Chocolate Cake for dinner if it fit into my points for that day.
While I did lose some weight following that said program, I ended up with more horrible digestive issues, even worse than before!
I spent over 20 years of my life with digestive issues, and counting points did not help those issues. Let me say it was a bandaid solution to what was really going on.
But through many years of trial and error and Studying Nutrition, I have learned the true way to permanent weightloss and a healthy gut! So 70lbs lighter I'm here to help you!
So let's get to the Kimchi shall we?
So, what happens when they study kimchi? A recent study featured 22 obese participants. The study divided them into two groups with each eating either fresh kimchi or fermented kimchi added to their diet for two weeks and then switching with a two-week washout period in between.
The fermented group showed a significant decrease in hip-to-waist ratio and percentage of body fat as well as significant improvements in symptoms of metabolic syndrome such as fasting blood glucose, blood pressure and total cholesterol.
What is most interesting is that both groups lost weight and saw improvements. So, the ingredients in kimchi were playing a role. It was just more significant when they consumed the fermented kimchi, meaning the process of fermentation turned good foods into super foods.
Just one more reason to consume kimchi on a regular basis. However, if you are trying to lose weight you may want to add it to your regimen everyday to help you reach your goal.
Remember that kimchi is also good for gut health and optimal gut health has also been shown to aid weight loss and decrease cravings. If the flavour of kimchi is too strong for you, then consume it will something bland like rice.
Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish of fermented vegetables, the most common of which are napa cabbage and daikon radish. In addition to being served as banchan, Korean side dishes presented as part of a meal, it can also be used in a variety of cooked dishes. Try it as a sauce for Brussels sprouts or braised with short ribs. The versatility of kimchi makes it great to use in everyday cooking.
Game plan: Kimchi needs time to ferment, so we recommend starting a batch about a week before you plan to use it.
Original Kimchi Recipe From Chowhound
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