Munching on berries such as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries instead of sweets can help you lose weight, says a new study by Loughborough University. Researchers claim that this dietary change cuts down calorie intake at the next meal and could make a person lose a pound a month, even if there was no physical exercise done, and nearly a stone in a year.
Dr Lewis James said, "Our findings that berries had number of potential health benefits, however, it was the first time that consuming them as a snack has been shown to reduce how much people eat during the next meal of the day."
During the 4-month trial involving 12 participants, who after a berry snack were told to eat a pasta dinner until they were comfortably full and satisfied. Researchers estimated that people switching from an afternoon confectionery snack to mixed berries might expect to reduce their energy intake by 938 calories a week on average. Given that 1 pound of body fat is equivalent to around 3500 calories, this reduction in daily energy intake would probably produce a loss of approximately 1 pound of body fat a month and nearly a stone in a year.