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How to Lose Weight With Sauerkraut

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As a bachelor's-prepared registered nurse with more than 15 years of diversified experience, Juliet Wilkinson innerves our health-conscious population through expert articles. She is a motivated professional who believes that preventive care is the first step towards health and well-being.
How to Lose Weight With Sauerkraut
A large bowl of freshly prepared sauerkraut. Photo Credit ChamilleWhite/iStock/Getty Images

Steer clear of fad diets and consider using practical advice for healthy eating and weight loss -- eat your vegetables. Sauerkraut is a low-calorie food that may complement your weight-loss plan. With 15 calories in two-thirds of a cup, this fermented cabbage does not have to be paired with fatty foods to add taste and nutrition to your diet.

Step 1

Make important nutritional considerations when choosing your sauerkraut, such as sodium content, calories and size of serving. You can be creative and purchase heads of cabbage fresh and make your own sauerkraut.

Step 2

Eat a serving of sauerkraut when you are hungry between meals. Sauerkraut is what the Mayo Clinic refers to as a low-energy density food -- significant food mass containing few overall calories. Place a serving of sauerkraut in a microwavable bowl and heat it for about 40 seconds.

Step 3

Add sauerkraut to lunch and dinner meals. It pairs with almost any protein, including sausage, chicken and lean cuts of beef. Adding sauerkraut to your meals will increase overall fiber content, with each 2/3-cup serving providing 3.1 g of fiber. Dietary fiber will fill you up quickly and suppress hunger pangs.

Step 4

Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily. Sauerkraut is made by fermenting the cabbage in a brine solution for weeks. The residual brine on the cabbage tends to pack a punch of sodium in each serving. Flush the excess sodium out of your body by staying hydrated.

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