If you are still searching for a diet to lose those extra pounds you put on during Christmas, then search no more. A new study has shown that a diet rich in flavonoids can help you lose weight.
Flavonoids can be found in plants and they are natural compounds. The flavonoids help the communication between the plant cells and they also create an attractive color for the plant, in order to better attract birds, butterflies and bees that do the pollination. Apparently, the flavonoids stop people from putting on weight.
The team of researchers analyzed data from approximately 120,000 people, who were either middle aged or older. The researchers discovered that the people who had diets rich in flavonoids not only maintained their weight, but they even lost weight. They had better results even than the people who quit smoking and did exercise.
If you still don’t know which products contain flavonoids here are some of the most accessible to you: prunes, pears, bananas, onions, peppers, strawberries, parsley, green tea and grapes. High quantities of flavonoids can also be found in red wine and chocolate. Even though there are a lot of foods that contain flavonoids, the researchers discovered that there are some flavonoids that help you lose weight better than others. They are called anthocyanins and they can be found in cherries, blackberries, grapes, strawberries, blackcurrants and radishes. The flavonoids contained by green tea, apples and onions are also very beneficial for weight loss. The flavonoids can also give you a lot of energy, they have anti-inflammatory properties, they can lower the fat absorption and they can work as antioxidants.
‘According to one of the authors of the study, Monica Bertoia from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, maintaining your weight or even better, losing weight can majorly improve your health so she recommends that you find your favorite berry and eat it in big quantities. If you don’t like berry, remember that there are still a lot of options, red wine included. According to previous researches, most of the Americans eat very low portions of vegetables(less than two cups per day) and fruits(less than one cup).
In the United States, most of the adults with ages between 18 and 49 put on one or two pounds each year. According to the scientists, as people get older their hormones change, a lot of muscle mass is lost and the metabolism slows down. So if you continue to eat like when you were younger, then you will start to gain weight. If you are no longer 18, then a diet rich in flavonoids can help you lose the weight you have slowly started to gain.
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