If all the foods that help you burn fat and slim down were the players on a football team, tart cherry juice would be a linebacker. It’s not scoring the flashy touchdowns, but it’s vital to the team, helps the others plays work more effectively, and it stops the other team from scoring. This sipable slimming aid doesn’t actually fry fat, but it helps you ditch the jiggle and stop new fat from forming all the same by boosting the quality of the hours you log in bed. We’re talking about sleep, people!
Sleep--that huge thing we all like to ignore, the thing that’s the first to go when we’re busy or stressed--is vital to many functions in your body, including weight management and fat loss. But most of us aren’t getting the hours or quality of sleep we need to keep our bodies humming most efficiently. In fact, when dieters got the rest they needed, a full half of the weight they lost was from fat, according to a 2010 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. But when their rest was cut short or interrupted, only one quarter of participants’ weight loss was from fat. Cutting back on sleep slashed fat loss by a jaw-dropping 55 percent!
Unfortunately, it only gets worse for the dieters who dropped sleep from their schedules. In addition to putting a major roadblock in front of their own slim-down effects, these participants also experienced more hunger during the day. That’s due to a pesky hormone called ghrelin, which triggers hunger and can actually slow your fat-burning furnace. Sleep suppresses this annoying hormone so that you’re less hangry--and less likely to turn to your snack drawer--during the day.
That’s where this supplement comes in. Tart Montmorency cherries contain a phytochemical called melatonin that you might have seen in the vitamin and supplement aisle of your grocery store, which helps control the cycle of your sleeping and waking hours. Adding a session sipping on this drink to your daily diet could help you turn into a serious sleeper and, as a result, a serious fat burner.
Study participants whose diets were supplemented with tart cherry juice concentrate saw boosted time in bed, time asleep, and quality of sleep compared to a placebo group not given the fruit-derived supplement, according to a 2012 European Journal of Nutrition study. So say hello to this tart tipple daily and kiss hunger hormones and frustrating fat stores goodbye.
HOW TO ADD IT TO YOUR DIET
Sorry, this one has to be taken as a dietary supplement. It’s tart and all to tempting to sweeten it, but don’t turn to sugar-laden versions that will sabotage your fat loss! If you’re not a fan of the flavor, add it into healthy fruit smoothies for breakfast so that the natural sugar in the other fruits can balance out the tangy tart cherry.