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Smoothie Additions That Help You Lose Weight

Cherry-SmoothieIf you are interested in trimming the excess weight around your middle, smoothies are a great way to make your diet healthier. Smoothies contain fruits and vegetables that are essential to a balanced diet and that provide the body with nutrients that it needs to remain in good health. They also help you limit the amount of calories that you consume in a day. To make your smoothies into even more powerful weight loss aids, you can add some of the following ingredients:

Blueberries

According to a new study, blueberries contain bioactive ingredients that increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin. Too much insulin encourages your body to store unused glucose as fat. Insulin also blocks the use of stored fat as an energy source. A daily dose of blueberries may reduce your insulin levels and may reduce the risk of developing diabetes. In the study, obese, non-diabetic and insulin-resistant participants who consumed a blueberry smoothie daily for 6 weeks experienced a 22 percent change in insulin sensitivity, while participants in the placebo group only saw a change of 4.9 percent.

Tart Cherries

Researchers have found that, in animal models, tart cherries have significant health benefits. One of those health benefits appears to be a reduction in the amount of belly fat carried by the animals. According to the results of the study, rats that received whole tart cherry powder mixed into a high-fat diet didn’t gain as much weight or build up as much body fat as rats that didn’t receive cherries. The molecules that indicate the type of inflammation that is associated with heart disease and diabetes appeared in much lower levels in their blood. Cherries are also high in melatonin and can help improve your nightly slumber.

Vitamin D

You can also add vitamin boosters, such as Vitamin D, to your smoothies. Vitamin D can boost your hormones and help you trim your midriff. An increase in the amount of vitamin D provided to your body results in greater insulin resistance and less glucose turning into fat around your middle. Vitamin D can also be obtained from exposure to natural sunlight, so take your smoothie outside and drink it in the sun to considerably increase the amount of vitamin D in your body.

Cherry Blueberry Smoothie

3 ice cubes
1/2 cup blueberries, frozen
1/2 cup frozen cherries
1/2 banana
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
1/2 cup water

If making in a personal blender, put frozen ingredients first, then add banana, sugar and water. Reverse for standard blender. Mix on low for 30 seconds until mixed, then on high for a minute or so until smooth.

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