Lose Weight With Soy!
The humble soybean boasts some extraordinary benefits. This
nutritional powerhouse has stayed under wraps for too long.
Apart from being the only vegetable protein with all 22
amino acids essential for our health and well being, the
soybean has many other virtues...including an
excellent foundation for fast, safe weight loss program.
to Dr David Heber in "The LA Shape Diet" women who are on a
weight loss program, need about 100 grams of protein per day
to fight against hunger and to build their best personal
lean muscle shape whilst still losing weight. Without the
appropriate level of proteins in a low calorie diet, people
and women in particular, risk losing 1 pound of muscle for
every 4 pounds of weight.
Heber recommends soy-protein shakes or soy-protein fruit
smoothies as a safe and healthy way to achieve fast and
permanent weight loss. Apart from the wonderful health
advantages of soy, this is a safe protein source without the
unwanted cholesterol and saturated fats that accompany
animal protein sources and sabotage low calorie weight loss
programs. Read on to discover some other wonderful benefits
of this incredible this food source.
1. Soy contains health enhancing isoflavones.
Isoflavones are compounds found only in plants which have strong antioxidant
properties. These compounds repair, and help prevent damage to cells caused by
pollution, sunlight, and normal body processes. Free radicals can easily cause
harm to the immune system, whose cells divide often. They may also be
responsible for some of the changes of aging.
2. Soy may reduce risk of heart disease.
Soy's protein and isoflavones lower LDL cholesterol and
decrease blood clotting, which reduces the risk of heart
attack and stroke. In
study, people who drank a "milk shake" containing 25g of soy
protein for nine weeks experienced, on average, a 5%
reduction in LDL cholesterol. And people with the highest
LDL levels experienced a 11% drop. (For each 10% to 15% drop
in the LDL level, the risk of a heart attack decreases 20%
3. Soy may protection against cancer.
Soy's soluble fiber protects the body from many digestive related cancers, such
as colon and rectal cancer. While its isoflavones may protect the body from many
hormone related cancers, like breast, endometrial (uterine) and prostate cancer.
Isoflavones act against cancer cells in a way similar to many common
4. Soy to counter the effects of endometriosis.
The isoflavones in soy products may help to offset the
action of the body's natural estrogen, which is often
responsible for instigating the monthly pain, heavy bleeding
and other symptoms of endometriosis.
5. Soy against prostate problems.
Eating soy products may protect against enlargement of the
male prostate gland. The size of the prostate gland tends to
increase with age, causing various types of urinary
difficulties, including frequent night-time awakenings.
6. Guard against osteoporosis.
Soy's protein enhances the body's ability to retain and
in the bones, while its isoflavones slow bone loss and
inhibit bone breakdown, which helps prevent osteoporosis.
There is evidence to suggest that isoflavones may also
assist in creating new bone.
7. Control symptoms of menopause and perimenopause.
Soy's isoflavones help the body regulate estrogen when this
hormone is declining or fluctuating, which helps alleviate
many menopausal and PMS symptoms. Research has shown that
soy isoflavones can reduce menopausal hot flushes in women.
8. Help control diabetic conditions and kidney disease.
Soy's protein and soluble fibre help regulate glucose levels
and kidney filtration, which helps control diabetic
conditions and kidney disease.
What an incredible little bean!
Source: Weight Loss Health Editorial Team