Have you ever heard of the cherry diet?
No, it’s not a new fad diet.
There is only one rule to this diet – to eat cherries every day and/or to drink fresh cherry juice. Although they are more popular for their taste, researchers are now seeing that cherries are actually extremely healthy as well. The bioactive components and nutrients found in this fruit are linked to the prevention of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, inflammatory diseases, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.
However, not only will they protect you from various health conditions, but cherries will also make it easier for you to accomplish your weight loss goals. Cherries were found to help promote weight loss as well lead to a more well rounded, healthy diet.
Cherries don’t contain a lot of calories (the average cherry contains a whole 5 calories). Although a lot of other fruits contain fewer calories, it’s worth noting that cherries aren’t considered to be high-calorie foods. To put it in perspective, the average calories per a single banana is roughly 100. You can easily satisfy your hunger with a dozen cherries, which roughly amounts to only 60 calories.
These luscious bits of healthy goodness also do a good job of satisfying your hunger because they are rich in fiber. All weight-loss diets suggest that you should consume more fiber. The great thing about fiber is that consuming it will help you feel full for an extended time period. This means that it will actually help prevent you from overeating on other foods that are potentially high in calories.
Dark cherries also contain compounds known as anthocyanins, which will help you reduce belly fat. Back in 2008, the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry published a study, which showed just how powerful these compounds are when it comes to reduced belly fat (http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Anthocyanins-show-potent-anti-obesity-potential-study).
Anthocyanins are flavonoid pigments that are found in a lot of different fruits and vegetables. Although there is still a lot of research to be done on the way anthocyanins are absorbed and distributed in the tissues of our bodies, researchers generally agree that these compounds can be a powerful tool for weight loss.
Although cherries definitely can help you reduce belly fat, simply adding them to your existing diet won’t do the trick. There are no magical foods that you will help you shed those extra pounds simply by consuming them, while still overeating.
Cherries will help you reach your weight loss goals, but you will also need to make sure that your diet is filled with other fresh produce. On top of that, you should avoid eating junk food and you should exercise regularly if you want to shed those extra pounds. If you need help building a healthy weight loss plan, I can help.
With everything we know about Cherries you should definitely include them in your diet. They make a great snack and are amazing in smoothies. I suggest you keep your fridge stocked with washed cherries, you will always have a healthy snack close on hand.
Remember to consume a variety of fruit and vegetables and soon you will see a healthier you!
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