You can lose ‘3st in one year’ with berries that ‘mimic the effects of exercise’

The common fruit helps burn stubborn fat within days and without stepping foot in the gym, researchers from the University of Chichester have discovered

Your weight loss journey could be boosted by munching on berries(Getty Images)

Experts say you can help shift three stone in just a year with berries that burn so much fat it seems like you’re exercising.

Mark Willems lead the research and he found that New Zealand blackcurrant extract can mimic the effects of a good run to increase fat-burning rates at rest to more than 60 per cent. Mark, who professor in exercise physiology at the University of Chichester, says adults can say goodbye to excess weight without even getting the trainers on.

He feels adults could shake a huge amount of fat over a 12 month period without breaking into a sweat. In the study, researchers tested 16 healthy and physically active males at rest after 14 days’ intake of 600mg of the berry extract. Blackcurrants specifically from the country are considered a superfood with higher levels of anthocyanins.

You don’t even need to step foot in the gym to shift the weight, the expert says (Getty Images)

It discovered that the average fat burning increase was 21% with one individual response of 61%. Three out of four people also improved fat burning capacity during the study. The anthocyanins found in blackcurrants have been found to be good at enhancing blood flow and, in turn, fat burning.

Mr Willems said in the papers: “This is extraordinary data. If you’re trying to increase all your healthy habits and using diet and exercise to lose weight, it can be a significant tool for those seeking fat loss, without doing anything extra. We can seriously start to think that a blackcurrant extract is a very useful supplement for bodyweight management, when used with exercise and a restricted diet.

“These latest results provide yet more evidence that New Zealand blackcurrant extract can deliver greater benefit to people who carry extra weight – particularly in the legs. You don’t have to go to the gym or undertake strenuous exercise for hours at a time – you can enjoy meaningful improvements during normal activities across the course of the day.

“This could be walking to the shop, gardening, or doing housework – any low-to-moderate intensity activity will fall into this category. Most of us do this for a few hours a day naturally – without breaking a sweat. “Even people who make all the correct dietary choices by eating lots of fruit and vegetables will still receive benefit from using this blackcurrant extract.”

Weight loss can be achieved in many ways, whether it’s through a balanced diet or consistent exercise regime. So are you looking for more tips? Previously, a fitness social media star revealed 10 ways to lose weight without ditching food. Lizzy High, 22, is known for sharing fitness advice online.


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