Many companies claim to offer the miracle weight loss drink that can burn all that tummy fat you’ve desperately been trying to lose. Is that even possible? Wouldn’t it be great if we could just drink a tasty beverage and lose 10 pounds? Unfortunately, there is no weight loss drink that can provoke such results.
However, there are certain types of beverages that are proven to be healthy and really help with weight loss. And they are not made of rare indigenous ingredients that you must purchase through a suspicious website, and then realize that someone has been loading your credit card with electronics in the Philippines.
No, these weight loss drinks are easy to make, because you probably already have all the ingredients in your home. So drink up!
Weight loss drink #1 – Water
Water plays many important roles in the human body. More than half of our body’s weight is made up of water. Every chemical reaction in our body happens with the help of water. It is needed to regulate our body temperature and to protect our tissues, organs and joints. We need water to transport nutrients, oxygen, hormones and antibodies.
Drinking water allows digestion to function efficiently. Without a sufficient daily intake of water, the removal of toxins becomes more difficult and can create health problems like kidney stones and weight gain.
Water is a great weight loss drink. Unlike sodas, milk or juices, water is calorie free. You can not gain weight when you consume water. On the contrary, studies show that drinking an insufficient amount of water can allow fat to accumulate in the body rather than being burnt for energy.
Water is also a good weight loss drink because it can suppress your appetite. Drinking before your meal can allow you to eat smaller portions. Water can make you feel full faster, with less calorie intake.
We should drink at least 60 ounces of water daily, spread evenly throughout the day. If you feel thirsty, it means that you are already dehydrated. You should have a bottle of water with you at all times. On hot summer days, you should drink more than that to avoid dehydration. You should also increase your intake of water if you exercise.
Weight loss drink #2 – Detox water
Detox water is a very popular weight loss drink these days. We can see an abundance of beautiful pictures everywhere on Instagram and Pinterest. Detox water is usually prepared with fresh fruits and herbs, infused overnight in the refrigerator.
Detox water is a great substitute for people who have a hard time drinking enough water because they think plain water is boring. Apart from enhancing the flavour, adding slices of fruits to your filtered water provides essential nutrients to your body.
Fruits contain vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that contribute to health and weight loss. For example, adding slices of lemon to your water offers many benefits. Lemons are known to help alleviate constipation, which clears the bowels and helps with weight loss.
The phytonutrients (“phyto” means “plant”) that lemons contain offer antioxidant, antibiotic, anti-viral and anti-obesity effects. Lemons also contain pectin, a dietary fiber known to support digestion and produce a greater feeling of fullness after a meal. This can reduce food portions and help with weight loss.
Lemons are also loaded with vitamin C, which boosts the immune system and protects against toxins. Having a strong immunity usually results in having more energy to exercise and lose weight.
Lemons are not the only fruits you can add to your detox water. Blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, pineapple, watermelon, grapefruit, oranges, kiwi, limes and pears are good examples of delicious fruits that will enhance the taste of your water, while providing you with nutrients.
Use herbs and flowers for your infusions like mint, basil, rosemary, lavender, hibiscus and butterfly pea. Try different combinations and see what you like.
Weight loss drink #3 – Green tea
It seems that green tea is an effective weight loss drink. The ingredient in the tea that would help us lose weight is named EGCG. Some research has shown that this compound can help increasing metabolism, stimulating the oxidation of fat and its excretion.
Some studies also suggest that drinking green tea for weight loss could help prevent the development of fat cells. Green tea leaves contain antioxidants called catechins, which are known to help our body burn fat.
Green tea is not only a helpful weight loss drink. It offers other amazing health benefits. Drinking green tea boosts the antioxidant properties of our bloodstream within minutes of consumption. It also decreases the DNA damage that is caused by free radicals. Green tea may be protective against certain types of cancers such as oral cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer and cervical cancer.
Weight loss drink #4 – Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a calorie-free way of flavouring foods like salads and sauces. It is also used as a weight loss drink by many people. But does it work?
A study conducted on obese Japanese people has shown that consuming apple vinegar daily was able to reduce body weight without any dietary changes or physical activity. After drinking 2 tablespoons of vinegar daily during 3 months, the subjects were able to lose 5 pounds and 1 inch of waist, suggesting that they lost abdominal fat.
It appears that this study was founded by a company who sells vinegar. So how do we know that these results are real and were not manipulated for their desired outcome? We can’t know for sure. At least we know that when companies are funding research on healthy foods, they will not end up killing us like coca cola or the dairy industry. Even if these results were trafficked, consuming apple cider vinegar will not lead us to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
So now I turn to you…
What is your favourite weight loss drink? Let me know how you manage your weight with food, drinks and exercise.
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