Weight loss

3 Belly-Flattening Berry Smoothies

Summery sips to help you slim down — fast.

Powerful flavonoids in these fruity slimmers help you trim inches and melt stubborn pounds fast. Here’s how berries help you slim down.

They boost your metabolism.

Berries owe their striking 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 indulgences from
going to your waistline. Credit goes to the anthocyanins, which
block the formation of new fat cells and prevent the growth of
existing ones. In one study, subjects who ate 1⁄2 cup of blueberries daily gained 33 percent less weight on a high-fat diet than berry skippers.

Nix inflammation.

The high levels of anthocyanins in these sweet bites also reduce the output of a pro-inflammatory compound (called prostaglandin E2) by 70 percent, according to Brazilian scientists. This dials down the body-wide cellular inflammation that causes weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease.

Berry Smoothie Recipes to Help You Slim Down

Strawberry Contentment — Blend 2 cups frozen strawberries, 1 cup plain yogurt, and 1 Tbs. raw honey. Makes 2 servings

Blueberry Blast-Off — Blend 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 cup grape juice, and 1⁄ 2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt. If desired, top with fresh mint leaves and blueberries.

Double Cherry Refresher — Blend 1 cup frozen cherries, 1 cup cherry juice, 1⁄2 peeled banana, 1⁄2 cup plain nonfat, Greek yogurt. Top with 2 Tbs. halved, pitted fresh cherries, and fresh mint (optional).

This article originally appeared in our print magazine.

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