Let’s return to the vitamin C component that is another key in the weight loss equation. On the Feed Muscle, Shrink Fat plan, you will consume vitamin C mostly from vegetables and fruit. The fruits and veggies with the least calories and the most vitamin C include tomatoes, salsa, grapefruit, and asparagus, which I use often in my recipes. These all have levels of vitamin C greater than your daily need, which is 75 milligrams. Salsa in particular not only adds vitamin C but is also a low-fat, low-calorie alternative to sour cream, margarine, or butter. It even counts as an extra vegetable. Although supplementing your diet with vitamin C pills can be helpful, nothing beats getting your vitamins mostly from real foods.
What else does vitamin C do? It is needed for the growth and repair of tissues in the body. It plays a role in your immunity as well as your metabolism. It is necessary to form collagen, which is used to make skin, scar tissue, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. It is also essential for wound healing and for the repair and maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth. What’s more, it’s a potent antioxidant.
Excellent Sources of Vitamin C:
- Green bell peppers
- Brussels sprouts
- Leafy greens
- Winter squash