The science of how much cucumber you should eat in order to lose weight is hotly debated, but a simple, two-week trial found that eating a little more than two cups a day for six weeks could dramatically reduce the number of calories you consume and help you stay healthy.
The trial, which followed a group of overweight and obese adults, compared eating two cups of cucumber a day with consuming about two cups per day for two weeks.
Those who ate more than six cups of the juice for six days lost more weight than those who ate fewer than six.
The researchers said the results suggested that the added calories were “not enough to reduce the weight of a healthy person.”
The study, published online Thursday in the journal PLOS ONE, is the first to directly link a small amount of cucumbers with weight loss.
Cucumbers are an antioxidant known for their antioxidant properties, but they also have a number of other health benefits, including antioxidant vitamins and fiber.
The results from this trial suggest that eating more than one cup a day could be a healthy way to keep weight off, researchers said.
A person needs between 200 and 300 milligrams of vitamin C a day in order for their body to produce enough of the compound to prevent cancer.
But many people are not getting enough of it.
According to the study authors, the more they ate, the higher the amount of vitamin-C in their diet.
“The amount of [vitamin-C] in the food we eat is not enough,” said lead author Dr. Peter Faraone, a researcher at the University of Washington.
“If we could get more, then we would be doing something very, very good.”
The researchers used a calorie-counting tool to track how many calories each person ate per day.
The participants were asked to record the number they consumed during a six-week period, then tally their calorie intake to see if they were losing weight.
During the six-month trial, the average amount of food each person consumed per day was 846 calories.
During that time, the participants had to keep track of how many cucumber they ate and the amount they ate each day.
They also had to report on any new weight gain and any weight losses.
“This is a very interesting result,” Faraones said.
“It’s very important to get the amount people eat into the equation.
But also the amount that they lose.
It really depends on how much you eat.”
For the study, researchers divided the participants into two groups.
One group had their diet monitored by measuring how many days they ate fewer calories than they should.
The other group ate the same amount but added six cups per week to their diet, which was similar to the amount the study participants were eating.
For six weeks, the study volunteers ate the two-cup daily diet and tracked their weight.
The group with the six cups a week lost about 5 percent of their body weight, while the other group lost about 11 percent.
“We found that when we increased the amount [of cucumber] people were eating, they lost weight,” Falaones said in a news release.
“It is really good news, because it’s so rare to see a result like this in people.
If you are overweight or obese, you can probably lose weight by adding more vegetables to your diet, and this could be very important.”
The new study is one of the few to link a low-calorie, high-nutrient diet with weight control.
But it is important to remember that even a little bit of extra cucumber intake will not be enough to offset weight gain, according to Faraon.
“Cucumber is really not something that we should overeat,” Fariaone said.
“If you eat more than you should, it is not going to do you any good.
And it will also lower your cholesterol, which is a risk factor for heart disease and other diseases.”
The next step is to see how much additional cucumber would help to keep people from gaining weight, the researchers said in the news release, but that research is underway.