Time to see blueberries as your weight-loss BFF. Generally speaking, berries are packed with something called polyphenols, which are powerful natural chemicals that can help you lose weight and even stop fat from forming. But research on rats from University of Michigan suggests that blueberries have the added benefit of reducing belly fat. In the 90-day study, rats who had blueberry powder mixed into their meals had less abdominal fat at the end of the 90-day study than rats on a berry-free diet.
Taub-Dix suggests replacing snacks like popcorn and M&M’s with blueberries, which are similar in shape and (almost) as sweet. “And, you can eat quite a few (18) in a single serving,” she says.