Is the secret to faster fat loss and better health eating more decadent dark chocolate, sipping a glass of rich red wine, and saying “Yes!” to dessert piled high with berries?
These yummy indulgences probably don’t come to mind when you think of diet food…
But a mountain of research suggests eating more of them is an effective way to shed pounds and improve health.
Because these mouth-watering treats are a top source of powerful plant-based chemicals known as polyphenols. (1)
Are you tired of starving yourself only to lose a few measly pounds; or, feeling guilty because you can’t stick with a diet long term?
Would you like to discover how to lose pounds and inches all over your body by eating MORE (not less) delicious foods?
In this article you’ll see how adding more polyphenol-rich foods to your diet is a fast and effective way to slim that’s working right now for millions of men and women.
The Food Lover’s Secret To Slim
What you eat has a greater influence on how you look and feel than just about anything else.
But, contrary to what you may think, you don’t have to get by on water and rice cakes to speed up slimming. You can — and should! — eat a variety of flavorful, delicious foods to lose weight.
And some of the very best foods you can eat for weight loss — like blueberries, raspberries, coffee, and cocoa — all have polyphenols in common.
Before we look at specific slimming superfoods you should add to your diet, let’s get to know polyphenols a little better.
What’s So Great About Polyphenols?
When you sit down to a meal chances are you don’t think, “Gee, I sure hope these foods are chock full of polyphenols!”
You think about how the food will taste, how it will make you feel and what it’s going to do to your waistline.
The great thing about polyphenols is that they’re found in some of your favorite foods and they do wonders for your health. So what exactly are polyphenols?
Here’s your one-minute chemistry lesson. There won’t be a quiz later, but pay attention — this is important!
Polyphenols are a group of plant-based chemicals that have a unique molecular structure that makes them powerful agents for burning fat and improving health. (2)
Polyphenols fall into two broad groups. The first group are what we call phenolic acids and include red fruits, black radishes, onions, coffee, spices and certain cereals.
The second group are are the flavonoids, and these include soy, broccoli, tomatoes, oranges, grapefruit, and herbs like sage, rosemary, and thyme.
Finally, there’s a third group of “renegade” polyphenols that don’t fit into the first two groups and include resveratrol and stilbenes found in wine and nuts, curcumin in spices, and lignans in flaxseeds.
4 Ways Polyphenols Improve Your Health
In just a moment we’ll look at how polyphenols can supercharge your weight loss success.
But shedding pounds is just one of the reasons to add more polyphenol-rich foods to your diet.
Here are four ways polyphenols improve your overall health:
1. Reduce Your Risk Of Heart Disease:
The heart-healthy benefits of polyphenols has been shown in hundreds of studies.
In one gold-standard study published in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Disease, consuming more polyphenols was was associated with a 46 percent reduction of heart disease risk over 4 years.
2. Improve Artery (Endothelial) Function:
You need healthy, flexible arteries to deliver life-giving blood to every part of your body.
A recent study of 557 Europeans found those subjects who ate a diet of polyphenol-rich raw vegetables and also cut back on high-fat dairy products had healthier arteries than folks who didn’t eat as many veggies.
3. Cool Chronic Inflammation:
Chronic inflammation is believed to be behind everything from obesity to Alzheimer’s disease as well as poor digestive health, arthritis, diabetes and many of the chronic illnesses that plague our modern world.
Italian researchers found that women who nibbled on 3 squares of polyphenol-rich dark chocolate daily saw a 33 percent drop in levels of key inflammatory markers.
4. Longer Lifespan:
Finally, a diet rich in polyphenols — especially of stilbenes from grapes and nuts and lignans from flax — has been associated with a longer lifespan.
In a 2014 study, researchers concluded that polyphenols may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases thanks to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties — as well as reduce the risk of all-cause mortality.
Pretty exciting health benefits, wouldn’t you agree? And we’re just getting warmed up!
How Polyphenols Help You Shed Pounds, Effortlessly!
When you’re filling your tummy with yummy, polyphenol-rich foods you’ll find that weight loss is much easier.
You won’t feel hungry all the time, you won’t be at the mercy of out-of-control cravings and you’ll actually look forward to stepping on the scale because the needle will be steadily moving down!
So how do polyphenols specifically help you melt away unwanted pounds?
There are three main ways:
1. Shut Down Fat Storage:
Polyphenols can shut down fat storage by activating genes that block the formation of new cells and destroy existing fat cells.
With less space available in the body to store fat, muscles spring into action and begin burning fat as fuel. This fat-blocking effect has been shown in a recent animal study:
In this study, mice were placed on a high-calorie diet specifically designed to cause weight gain. But the mice who were also given polyphenols daily gained weight 45 percent more slowly than the mice that didn’t consume polyphenols. (3)
2. Boost Metabolism:
A strong metabolism means more energy and a body that’s optimized to burn fat.
In an animal study published in the journal BMC Physiology, researchers found that a daily dose of the polyphenol resveratrol (found in red wine, berries, radishes and onions) can raise resting metabolic rate 29 percent in just 4 weeks.
3. Rebalance Your Gut Bacteria:
Your gut microbiome is home to trillions of bacteria — some good, others bad — that impact everything from your blood sugar balance, appetite, immune response and even your mood!
Turns out polyphenols are one of your “good” bacteria’s favorite foods. In fact, European researchers found that eating more polyphenols promotes the growth of good bacteria and reduces levels of bad bacteria in your gut. (4)
When your gut microbiome is healthy your body does a better job of digesting the foods you eat which in turn gives your more energy, a revved-up metabolism and faster weight loss.
Watch: Do you show these symptoms of poor digestive health?
Can you see why polyphenol-rich foods are a no-brainer if you’re trying to lose weight and feel great?
So what are the best, most delicious polyphenol-rich foods?
Let’s have a look:
Fill Your Plate With These Polyphenol-Rich Foods
The Top 100 polyphenol-rich foods are covered in this list, but here are some of my absolute favorites:
Enjoying a cup of java can slash blood-sugar spikes and spare you from afternoon cravings. Thanks goes to coffee’s chlorogenic acid, a polyphenol shown to increase cells’ sensitivity to insulin, a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar. (5)
Consumed as decadent dark chocolate, cocoa is a delicious way to slim your waistline.
That’s because cocoa contains a polyphenol that slows down the digestion of fats and carbs, preventing these calories from being absorbed and stored as jiggly belly fat. (6)
Matcha Green Tea
Made from finely ground green tea leaves, matcha is packed with concentrated doses of a type of polyphenol called catechins.
According to the University of Maryland, catechins in green tea can neutralize dangerous free radicals and protect the liver from toxic substances such as alcohol. (7)
This tart-and-tangy treat is bursting with anthocyanins, a polyphenol that may reduce the production of pro-inflammatory compounds that trigger joint pain.
In one study, anthocyanins found in cherries, cranberries, blackberries and mulberries helped to soothe creaking joints and eased age-related pain. (8)
A true superfood, the curcumin in turmeric is a mood-elevating polyphenol that can give you a brighter, sunnier outlook on life.
Ongoing studies suggest that turmeric may be as effective as Prozac at helping people conquer depression — without any of Prozac’s risky side effects. (9)
For a spicy way to speed up weight loss, at a dash of cayenne pepper to your favorite dishes.
The capsaicin that gives cayenne its kick slows down the production of “hunger hormones” while making you feel fuller at the same time. Just a ½ tsp. of cayenne daily can help manage appetite and burn more calories after meals. (10)
Food is life.
Make sure you’re fueling your life with health-boosting, fat-burning foods rich in polyphenols.
And if you’re serious about using food to look and feel your best, there’s something else you need to know:
An alarming number of foods at your local grocery store are marketed to you as healthy choices — but that’s simply not true.
Discover five so-called health foods (you’ll be surprised how many you have in your cupboard right now) that sneak pounds of jiggly fat onto your belly, backside and thighs.
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