Gardening can help gear you up for weight loss

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Not only does gardening provide the health benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables, a recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health revealed that people who participated in community gardening were less likely to be overweight or obese and had significantly lower body mass indexes (BMIs) than their neighbors who did not participate in the program.
Calorie Burn
The American Council on Exercise says that gardening can burn about 300 calories per hour. Wow! This calorie-incinerating activity is a great way to get cardiovascular activity. Gardening also helps you build strong muscles, improve your joint strength and gain flexibility. This occurs because when you garden you're using all of your body's major muscle groups at once--your legs, buttocks, back, arms, shoulders, neck and abdomen.
Watering lawn/garden with hose: 61 calories
Weeding garden: 182 calories
Digging, tilling, using spade: 202 calories
Laying sod: 202 calories
Clearing land: 202 calories
Chopping wood: 243 calories
Mowing lawn with push mower: 243 calories


The 3 Best Foods for Your Belly

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These foods can help you beat inflammation and imbalanced gut flora, so you can soothe and shrink your stomach at the same time. Our 21-Day Tummy eating plan incorporates many of these delicious options in its recipes.
High-Fiber and Antioxidant-Rich Vegetables
All veggies are good for you. They are high in vitamins, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and fiber and are generally low in calories and low in fat. But certain varieties do contain FODMAPs, or rapidly fermentable carbohydrates that can aggravate your gut, that are difficult for some people to digest. Our plan focuses only on low-FODMAP veggies, especially those rich in anti- inflammatory magnesium and other important minerals. Found in: leafy green veggies (kale, Swiss chard, spinach), bell peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes.
Tummy-Trimming Fruits
Many sweet fruits have a balanced glucose-to-fructose ratio, which may be easier on your gut than those with more fructose. Found in: bananas and blueberries, cantaloupe and honeydew, grapes, oranges, pineapple, papaya, strawberries, raspberries.
Carb-light Grains
Almost all grains are carb-dense and therefore may be bad for your tummy. Many, like wheat, are also high in FODMAPs. But since grains are such powerful (and delicious) sources of fiber, we included those that are high-fiber, low-FODMAP, and relatively carb-light. Found in: quinoa, oats, brown rice.