How Phytochemicals Promote Weight Loss


Many Americans make losing weight their No. 1 New Year's resolution, but they often find it hard to succeed. As a clinical nutritionist, I can tell you that this is an attainable goal if you address the biochemical imbalances that affect body fat.

Green tea, for example, contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a polyphenol that increases the production of the weight-loss hormone noradrenaline. This hormone increases fat burning and metabolism. You can boost this endocrine-supportive compound in your diet by adding green tea or green-tea ice cubes to smoothies.

Another favorite, nutrient-rich ingredient is frozen wild blueberries, which provide twice the antioxidants of common blueberries. Studies have found that people who eat wild blueberries daily tend to gain less weight and have a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. Wild blueberries have also been shown to improve symptoms associated with insulin resistance.

Your body is in a constant state of cell turnover, hormone production, and fat development. Eating foods rich in phytochemicals-frequently-helps to support your body in this continual process of fat loss.

You will find more recipes and information about phytochemical rich foods at

Green Tea and Chia

Recipe from 365 Skinny Smoothies: Delicious Recipes to Help You Get Slim and Stay Healthy Every Day of the Year. By Daniella Chace (Harlequin 2014)

Serves 2

This refreshing smoothie tastes a little bit like a slightly sweetened iced tea.

1 cup brewed green tea
1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries
1/2 cup unfiltered apple juice
1/2 cup ice
2 Tbs. chia seed

Combine all ingredients in a high-power blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Drink immediately.

Per serving: 116 cal; 3g pro; 5g total fat; 13g carb; 8g fiber

Culinary Tip: Use purified water to make ice cubes and use silicone ice cube trays, which are nontoxic.



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