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If your resolution is to lose weight, here’s a simple way to kick-start weight loss and keep it going all year long. Simply whip up a nutrient-dense weight-loss smoothie each day. This little habit is easy enough to maintain throughout the year. By adding proven fat-reducing nutrients (found in abundance in smoothies) to your routine, you’ll infuse your body with compounds that improve metabolism, reduce water weight, and increase fat release. Is there a more delicious and satisfying way to support weight loss? I haven't found one. Beyond weight loss, smoothies also provide a little pick-me-up during the day. And by adding extra protein to any recipe, you can enjoy these creamy concoctions in place of a meal. Smoothies are especially effective in the morning, providing a blast of nutrients to help start the day off right. Eating breakfast also helps you to maintain the weight you've lost. Studies have found that those who miss their morning meal are four times more likely to be obese.

thyme, holy basil, and peppermint. These flavorful gems contain rosmarinic acid, a naturally occurring antioxidant that supports metabolism and reduces water weight. Basil, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, and thyme are also rich sources of ursolic acid.

TURMERIC. Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, is an anti-inflammatory agent that helps the body excrete excess water weight. It also adds a tannic flavor that tones down the sweetness of fruit in smoothies.

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production of fat-burning enzymes. For GREEN TEA. The active compound smoothies (and weight loss), avocados, in green tea—epigallocatechin gallate nuts, and seeds are good sources. (EGCG)—supports production of the horLiquid EFA products (fish and flax mone noradrenaline, which increases fatAPPLES. Glutathione—a compound in oils) also work well in smoothies. burning and modulates fat absorpAnd consider adding conjugated apples—was found in studies to increase tion and metabolism. Brew up a Just 1 gram of EFAs per day linoleic acid (CLA) to your levels of antioxidant enzymes in the batch of green tea and keep it in increases the smoothies for its weight-loss blood. These enzymes protect the body the fridge to add to smoothies. production of benefits. This omega-6 fatty from toxins that are linked to obesity. fat-burning enzymes. Apples also contain ursolic acid, which acid has been shown to help PROTEIN. Studies show increases muscle while reducing body fat. reduce fat, particularly around that increasing dietary protein the midsection. Look for products reduces both appetite and sugar that contain Tonalin CLA. HEALTHY FATS. Essential fatty cravings. Protein-packed foods are the best acids (EFAs) are healthful fats that we source of amino acids, which are vital for need for many different processes in the HERBS. The top herbs for trimming metabolic function and weight loss. Three body. Just 1 gram of EFAs per day increases down are rosemary, oregano, sage, options for upping the protein content of any smoothie are hulled hemp seeds, chia seeds, and protein powder. Hemp and chia seeds are also a great source of omega-3 GIVE YOURSELF A (WEIGHT-LOSS) BOOST! fatty acids. Some common ingredients used in smoothies really Popular smoothie ingredients that contain weight-loss-supportive nutrients include:

can help you lose weight. Here are the a few of the best—along with how much to use: ❱ APPLES: ½–1 apple, with skin ❱ AVOCADO: ¼ avocado, peeled and pitted ❱ CULTURED FOODS: ½ cup ❱ CHIA SEEDS: 2 Tbs. ❱ HERBS: ¼ cup fresh leaves ❱ HULLED HEMP SEEDS: 2 Tbs. ❱ NUTS: 1 Tbs.

❱ PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENTS: 1 tsp. powder (or according to label directions) ❱ TURMERIC: ¼–1 tsp. ❱ TONALIN CLA: 2 tsp.

PROBIOTICS. These healthy bacteria in our gut play a significant role in metabolic function, helping enhance digestion and detoxification, and supporting the metabolism of phytochemicals (plant nutrients). Researchers have discovered a correlation between higher levels of probiotics in the digestive tract and successful long-term weight loss. In addition to supplements, probiotics are found in yogurt, kefir, cultured coconut milk, and other fermented and cultured foods.

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