Specialists are still arguing whether pumpkin is a fruit or vegetable. No matter which group of foods we include it in, it is certainly a plant with valuable dietary and nutritional qualities. It is poor in fat, at the same time about 80% water, which means that it is close to the cucumber by this indicator.
In terms of calorie content, there are about 55 kcal in 100 g. Pumpkin seeds contain 40% fat and 30% protein. For this reason, pumpkin is very suitable for diets for permanent weight loss.
Due to the presence of low calories and fibers, it is involved in various diets with constant success.
In addition to pumpkin, the body receives support for the metabolism, slowing the aging of cells, cleansing toxins from the body and retaining the process of accumulation of adipose tissue.
Pumpkin oil has a positive effect on the way the intestinal tract and internal organs function. The presence of zinc in pumpkin is more than in all vegetables. The benefits to the liver are expressed in the proper removal of bile juice and it also has a urinary effect. All this facilitates the body working properly during weight loss diets.
When following pumpkin diet it is good to know that food should not exceed 1500 kcal per day. This way, in 3 weeks, they can be lost to 8 kilograms as long as the meal hours are followed.
How to lose weight with pumpkin
Breakfast can consist of pumpkin salad with lemon juice or pumpkin porridge. Pineapple or carrot can be added to the salad. Tea is suitable for drinking.
For lunch, pumpkin soup with croutons or blanched or stewed pumpkin is a suitable menu and for the ones who love pumpkin porridge, it is also an option. The menu can be varied with vegetable soup in which pumpkin is present.
Pumpkin for dinner can be served as pumpkin ragout, roasted pumpkin, along with other baked fruit - apples, prunes and more. Pumpkin pancakes can also be made.
There are many opportunities for preparing a pumpkin and anyone can find their recipes when you decide to lose weight with pumpkin.
The duration of the pumpkin diet is 3 weeks and after the diet is over, you should not immediately switch to high calorie nutrition. For starters, dairy products and vegetables and fruit will successfully replace pumpkin.