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How Berries Speed Weight Loss

Powerful flavonoids in these fruity slimmers help you trim inches and melt stubborn pounds fast.

Boost metabolism

  Berries owe theirstriking hue to anthocyanins, plant pigments that activate an enzyme (called AMPK) that prompts muscle cells to burn fat for energy. The payoff: According to a study in the journal Obesity, this effect helped women who consumed berries daily burn three times more fat.

Turn off fat storage

  Enjoying a berry-spiked sip can keep indulgencesfrom going to yourwaistline.Credit goesto the anthocyanins,which block the formation of newfat cells and prevent the growth of existing ones.In one study,subjectswho ate 1 ⁄2 cup of blueberries daily gained 33% lessweight on a high-fat diet than berry skippers.

Nix inflammation

  The high levels of anthocyaninsin these sweet bites also reduce the output of a proinflammatory compound (called prostaglandin E2) by 70%, according to Brazilian scientists. This dials down the body-wide cellular inflammation that causesweight gain, diabetes and heart disease.

berry smoothies

Blueberry Blast-Off

1 cup frozen blueberries.

1 cup grape juice 1 ⁄ 2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt Fresh blueberries and mint leaves (optional).

Puree first 3 ingredients until almost smooth. If desired, top with fresh blueberries and mint leaves.

Makes 2 servings

Per serving:

Cal. 167 Pro. 2g Carb. 40g Fiber 2g Sug. 30g Chol. 2mg Sod. 40mg

Total fat: 0g Sat. 0g Trans. 0g.

Bonus! Yogurt brims with probiotics that ease belly bloat by47%.

Strawberry Contentment

2 cups frozen strawberries.

1 cup plain yogurt.

1 Tbs. raw honey.

In blender, puree all ingredients; garnish as desired.

Makes 2 servings

Per serving:

Cal. 159 Pro. 5g Carb. 28g Fiber 3g Sug. 21g Chol. 16mg Sod. 60mg

Total fat: 4g Sat. 3g Trans. 0g.

Bonus! Enzymes in raw honey strengthen the immune system.

Double-Cherry Refresher

1 cup frozen cherries.

1 cup cherry juice 1 ⁄ 2 peeled banana 1 ⁄ 2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt.

2 Tbs. halved, pitted fresh cherries Fresh mint (optional).

Puree first 4 ingredients. Top with fresh cherries and, if desired, mint sprigs.

Makes 2 servings

Per serving:

Cal. 176 Pro. 7g Carb. 37g Fiber 2g Sug. 28g Chol. 3mg Sod. 31mg

Total fat: 0g Sat. 0g Trans. 0g.

Bonus! Bananas deliver mood-boosting tryptophan.

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