Weight Loss Tips, from a bunny?
5 weight loss tips ... from a bunny!
“Eating rabbit food” is a common phrase associated with a weight loss diet plan. The assumption that only eating lettuce and carrots in order to lose weight is a popular, albeit it incorrect, myth. The actual thought of lettuce and carrots being the staple of a rabbit’s diet is also a popular incorrect myth, so let’s set the record straight this Easter season and learn how taking weight loss tips from a true rabbit is actually an ideal weight loss diet plan in itself.
Weight loss tip #1: Drink lots of water! The first staple of a rabbit’s diet is water. Pet rabbits need access to fresh water 24/7. We can all take a pointer from our long-eared friends and increase our own water consumption. Water sustains our bodies, and without it our bodies (and our metabolisms!) slow down. In fact, our own hydration levels have a direct effect on our metabolisms, as a recent study showed that our metabolisms increase directly after drinking water! Keeping ourselves fully hydrated is a simple task that can actually help us lose weight!
“Only 500 ml water increased energy expenditure by 24% over the course of 60 min after ingestion.” -Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Weight loss tip #2: Choose whole grains. All rabbits need hay and fresh grass, as this constitutes the majority of their diet. Hay provides fiber and protein, as well as a large amount of antioxidants. We can think of hay as the rabbit’s version of whole grains. Oats, quinoa, and beans are all excellent sources of fiber, and most whole grains contain protein to varying degrees. They are also very filling, like hay, and keep us feeling full and satisfied to resist overeating. These whole grains are also quite low in calories, aiding our weight loss diet plan efforts.
Weight loss tip #3: Consume a lot of dark leafy vegetables. Rabbits eat large amounts of dark green leafy vegetables. Escarole, kale, spinach, bok choy, and swiss chard are all great choices for both rabbits and ourselves because they are rich in fiber and the vitamins and minerals that our bodies need. They also contain very little calories, allowing us to eat them in virtually unlimited quantities while still supporting our weight loss diet plans. Vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower are also included in this category, and any other root vegetables can be eaten in moderation for rabbits. We can eat more of these root vegetables as they’re perfect sources of complex carbohydrates like sweet potatoes, carrots, turnip and parsnips. These carbohydrates take longer to be broken down in our bodies, which keeps our blood sugar levels stable, keeping us satisfied and helping us to lose weight by avoiding that 3pm junk food temptation.
Weight loss tip #4: Eat plenty of healthy fats and proteins. The next staple of a pet rabbit’s diet is pellets. Rabbit pellets are full of protein and healthy fats, and contribute the most calories to the rabbit’s diet. We can compare rabbit pellets to meats and oils in our own diets, as they contain proteins and healthy fats that our bodies need, but are also the highest in caloric content. Lean meats like chicken and fish provide our bodies with the protein we need with the lowest amounts of saturated fats while olive oil and other healthy oils provide our bodies with the healthy fats we need for cardiovascular health. Healthy oils also make our hair strong and shiny, much like a rabbit’s fur coat!
Weight loss tip #5: Limit refined simple sugars. Pet rabbits eat fruit, but only as treats. For a rabbit, fruits are a source of high concentrations of sugars in comparison to the rest of their diet, and thus are eaten only in moderation. For us, we can group fruits with the other vegetables in the “leafy green vegetables” diet category, as fruits are nutritional powerhouses for antioxidants and other disease-fighting phytonutrients. Instead, think about this “treat” category of the rabbit’s diet as refined sugars in our own diets. Cakes, cookies and other sweets all taste really good (just like strawberries do to rabbits), but they’re high in calories and processed sugars which can contribute to diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Treats are great, but must be kept in moderation for the sake of both our weight loss diet plan and our overall health.
The above weight loss tips are a sure way to keep you on your weight loss goals. When in doubt think like a bunny!
After studying what a rabbit's diet is really composed of, it’s easy to see that it’s very close to the ideal weight loss diet plan for humans. So take a few pointers from our furry friends this Easter season, and aim to consume a well-balanced diet built on the foundation of unprocessed, whole foods. Following the weight loss tips from a real rabbit’s diet is an excellent way to lose weight and to keep ourselves, and Peter Cottontail, happy and healthy.