PILING ON THE grapes and berries could help you lose weight, says a new study in the International Journal of Obesity. In it, mice that ate the equivalent of 12 ounces of fruit a day (two to three human servings) gained 40% less weight than those that didn’t.
In layman’s terms, it works like this: Resveratrol—an antioxidant found in most fruit—screams “Hurry!” to your body, kicking its ass and telling it to speed up its conversion of white (“bad”) fat into calorie-burning brown (“good”) fat. This then jump-starts the fat-burning process that keeps you from gaining weight.
“The browning of white fat oxidizes fatty acids, generating heat in the cells, which leads to a ‘leaning’ effect in the body,” says researcher Min Du, Ph.D.