These delicious fruits may seem like a dessert, but they really are belly-busting!
That’s because they contain anthocyanins, phytonutrients that have an effect on the genes that regulate fat and glucose metabolism. These phytonutrients also reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome, a condition which makes you prone to energy shortages and increased body fat.
In fact, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor studied the effects of blueberries on rats. In the 90-day study, obesity-prone rats followed either a high-fat diet or low-fat diet supplemented with blueberry powder. Both groups lost abdominal fat, though the fat loss was greater in rats on the low-fat diet.
Tart cherry juice improved melatonin production in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. All subjects given the juice reported increases in time in bed and total sleep time as well as improved sleep efficiency.
By improving sleep quality, tart cherries help your body use energy more effectively instead of storing it as fat. For best results, drink pure tart cherry juice (with no added sugars) 1-2 hours before bed.
Pro tip: combine yogurt, blueberries, and cherries to make a delicious, fat-blasting powerful antioxidant smoothie. Follow the link here and mix things up with some of our favorite smoothie recipes.
Beans, beans the magical fruit, the more you eat…the leaner you’ll be!
These low-calorie protein-rich pulses contain resistant fiber, which helps clean your colon and slow digestion. Multiple studies have found that pulses like chickpeas, red beans, and whole peas have a positive effect on weight loss, blood sugar levels, satiety, and belly fat reduction.
Enrich your fat-melting diet by taking at least 3 cups of pulses a week.
They make a great addition to salads, soups, casseroles, baked goods (try pea flour), or even spreads, like hummus!