Improve Your Weight Loss Results With Easy Juice & Smoothie Tricks!

Compounds in Certain Fresh Foods Have Been Proven to Help You Lose Weight

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Here are 4 simple and easy strategies anyone can add to any weight loss plan to improve your results based on exciting new discoveries in the world of nutritional science.

Studies show that certain compounds found in fresh foods really do help you lose weight. So forget all the pills and fads and gimmicks and start losing weight in a healthy, natural, sensible and truly effective way.

Here you'll learn about these natural compounds, what fruits and veggies have the highest concentrations, and juice and smoothie recipes which deliver the most potent mix.

The Secret

Diets highest in fruits and vegetables such as the Mediterranean Diet have been proven again and again not only to be the healthiest but also highly effective at weight loss.

But not all fruits and veggies are good for weight loss. Avoid starchy vegetables such as corn, peas and potatoes, and the sweetest fruits such as oranges, bananas, apricots, cherries, grapes, mangoes, pineapple and pears.

Fruits and veggies that are best for weight loss are those that are low on the glycemic index and high in fiber such as soy, berries, apples, cruciferous veggies (cauliflower, kale, cabbage and broccoli)  and peppers.

What Compounds

Four nutrients found in certain foods have been linked to weight loss.

The first is an enzyme known as AMPK. We find the highest levels of this compound in blueberries, grapefruit, green tea and cayenne pepper. AMPK boosts your metabolism which results in more calories burned and more weight loss.

The second compound is resveratrol which is found in the skin of blueberries and red grapes. Resveratrol is the focus of a great deal of research. In animal studies this compound has been found to decreases the development of fat tissue.

Another is nootkatone.This compound has the highest levels in grapefruit. It has been found to increase the action of the fat burning enzyme AMPK mentioned above, and like resveratrol reduces fat tissue in rat studies.

Finally, capsaicin, which is found in cayenne pepper, has been proven to increase the breakdown of fat, and may also stimulate AMPK.

The Fiber Connection

Fiber is a key ingredient in any weight loss effort because it makes us feel full and assists the digestive system by cleansing it and reducing constipation.

Grapefruit, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, apples and bell peppers are all very high in fiber, topping the list of fiber-rich foods.

Best Recipes

Here are my favorite combinations of these weight loss fruits and vegetables in delicious juice and smoothie recipes without any added

"Apple Spice"

  • 2 Apples
  • 1/4 Grapefruit
  • 2-3 leaves Kale
  • Dash of Cayenne Pepper
  • For a great-tasting smoothie add 1-2 cups of Soy Milk

"Blueberry Delight"

  • 1 cup Blueberries
  • 1 Apple
  • 1 Bell Pepper
  • Dash of Cayenne pepper
  • For a delicious smoothie add 1-2 cups of Soy Milk

Create your own recipes with combinations of these potent weight loss ingredients.

Remember that healthy and effective weight loss is not just about food - include proper exercise and sleep for success.