Fat Burning Drinks
Is it possible to drink your way to weight loss? Well no, not completely. Weight loss generally happens when you combine a healthy diet and regular exercise, but you can help stimulate fat burn simply by changing what you drink. There are a lot of choices out there, but which are the best for you? It’s difficult to know. Here are some options that provide good ways to boost metabolism and burn fat while also getting plenty of other healthy benefits.
Just Say No To…
The first thing to do is eliminate sugar-laden sodas and juices. Just dump them like that no-good boyfriend or other significant other.
H2O So Good For You
Yes, the list starts with water. Does this seem like cheating? Well, it’s not. It sounds simple, but water can be your first step to weight loss and reducing belly fat.
Here are a few reasons why water is so good for you:
- Helps break up the stored fat in your body
- Helps flush out toxins
- Keeps you energized so you can get in exercise every day
- Promotes healthier & younger looking skin
- Reduces Hunger – Drinking a glass of water before a meal will help you feel fuller so you eat less
- Often when you feel hungry, you’re actually dehydrated. Drink water and it will reduce your cravings.
- It’s FREE (Yep…water is available right out of the tap. You can buy bottled or use filtered water, but tap water will usually work just as well…and it’s FREE).
Now you can make water work even harder by adding a few simply ingredients to make it a “Detox” drink that will boost your immune system and speed up metabolism. These drinks can flush your system and shrink fat cells in your body without depriving yourself of food.
Note: You don’t have to spend a lot to get good benefits. Be careful of turning to options such as “Fit Tea” that give you the same results for more money.
- Lemons are a zesty citrus fruit that are packed with Vitamin C, which activates a chemical reaction to burn excess fat and convert in into energy. They also hydrate the body and kick-start your digestive system.
- Limes have a multitude of health benefits including weight loss, improved digestion, relief from constipation, treatment of peptic ulcers, treatment of scurvy, respiratory disorders and more.
- Cucumbers are packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin K, potassium, and calcium…all of which can help you become healthier by boosting your immune system, lowering cholesterol, and reducing high blood pressure.
World consumption of tea is enormous and now we know that it’s not just a social drink. Tea also has many health benefits, especially these varieties.
Do a search for “health benefits of green tea” and you will find page after page extolling its wonders. There are so many ways green tea can be good for you, and not just when it comes to losing weight. Studies suggest it may help reduce the risk of heart disease by slowing the build up of plaque in the arteries, increasing HDL “good” cholesterol, and protecting from LDL “bad” cholesterol. Beyond heart health, green tea may also reduce the risk of some cancers.*
As for weight loss
Green tea promotes weight loss by stimulating the body to burn abdominal fat. It contains caffeine, which has been shown to aid in fat burning. It also contains other bioactive substances and antioxidants that can have the same effect. Green tea contains EGCG, which can increase norepinephrine activity to get rid of fatty acids that are stored in your body. It may also increase metabolism.
Here are easy ways to get your green tea fix and start burning fat:
The Fat Burning Drink #1
- 1 tsp. green tea bags, leaves or pearls
- ½ inch stick cinnamon
- ¼ slice lemon with peel
- ½ inch slice ginger
- 1 glass water
- Honey, maple syrup or other natural sweetener to taste
The Fat Burning Drink #2
- ¼ peeled and chopped cucumber
- 1 whole grapefruit peeled & cut into quarters
- 10-20 mint leaves. It’s best to grind the leaves in the bottom of a glass or bowl to increase the flavor.
- 16 oz. green tea
Boil the tea as you slice the cucumber. Next, slice the grapefruit and peel the off the skin before adding it to the mix. Remove from the stove and let it cool for two hours before adding the mint leaves. This concoction guarantees a rapid flush of your system and is an excellent way to kick start your fat burning routine. Each item in this recipe is intended to speed up your digestive tract and flush your body of unwanted fat deposits.
Ginger is an incredibly useful spice you can add to your diet to aid, not just in weigh loss, but your overall health. Ginger has been shown to reduce gastrointestinal irritation, reduce pain and inflammation, stimulate circulation, inhibit the rhinovirus (a cause of colds), inhibit bacteria like Salmonella, and it may prevent stomach ulcers.*
When it comes to weight loss, ginger may shrink belly fat. It increases the pH levels in the stomach and gets digestive enzymes flowing to relieve constipation and bloating. Have ginger tea in the morning to activate the digestive system. Grate ginger in the teakettle and boil for about 3-5 minutes. Add honey to sweeten.
Here’s another, more exotic recipe that combines both green tea and ginger from Caloriebee – Drinks To Burn Fat
Arabian Tea with Ginger, Green Tea, Cumin & Mint
- 1 tsp. green tea leaves
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. chopped, fresh mint
- 1 tsp. chopped, fresh ginger
Mix ingredients with 16 oz. of water. Stir well and boil for 10 minutes. Strain out the loose ingredients. Drink 8 oz. before every meal.
Juice Up the Right Way
There are many ways juices can be powerful fat burners. Just be careful that you don’t pick juices that contain high levels of sugar. Here are some good choices and ideas for getting your juice on.
Cranberries are not just for Thanksgiving. Take the miracle of water, add cranberry juice, and you have a recipe for flushing the fat from your body. These little red gems can enhance and boost metabolism. They also contain organic acids that may help dissolve fatty deposits. Cranberries are also effective as a detox drink. If you buy it, make sure to get 100% cranberry juice with nothing else added.
Try this recipe:
- 1 cup fresh squeezed cranberry juice
- 7 cups water
- 1 cup squeezed lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice has Vitamin C to help naturally detoxify your body. It also helps aid liver function, which has the added effect of stimulating your metabolism. That equals weight loss.
Here is a natural way to melt belly fat and remove toxins:
- 2 Tbsp. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 33 ml water
- ½ inch stick cinnamon
- A pinch of cayenne pepper
- Salt to taste
Ginger has been mentioned as a fat burner. This recipe adds pineapple and citrus to the mix. Pineapple is not just delicious…it is incredibly nutritious. It helps reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration, increases potassium levels, which can lower or help control blood pressure, it contains antioxidants for cancer prevention, controls type 2 diabetes, helps with fertility, and reduces the risk of heart disease.*
Mixing them all together:
- Half of a sliced pineapple
- 1 inch long piece of ginger root
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup grapefruit juice
- Ice cubes
- 1 cup green tea
- 1½ cup chopped pineapple
- 1 tablespoon of Pure Sugar Cane
Combine all ingredients together and drink. However, the longer you allow the pineapple to sit, the more flavorful this drink becomes. This drink not only boosts your immune system but also reduces the risk of macular degeneration that affects the eyes. For more detailed recipe: http://www.aspicyperspective.com
Out of the Box Fat Burning Stimulants
Apple Cider Vinegar
This may sound unusual, but apple cider vinegar boosts and stimulates the metabolism to work properly again. A little research uncovered that it may also help control blood sugar, which can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, and other chronic conditions.*
Here are a couple of ways you can use apple cider vinegar that are delicious, too:
- 1 tsp. organic apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. honey
- 1 glass water
- 1 glass lukewarm water
- 1 Tbsp. organic apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. cinnamon powder
- Honey or maple syrup to taste
Nigella or Black Cumin Seeds
Here is another choice that may not be familiar to you, but it should be. Nigella or Black Cumin seeds promote weight loss in 5 different ways:
- Increase metabolism
- Control carbohydrates
- Break down stored fat
- Reduce bloating
- Reduce water retention
There are other health benefits of Nigella seeds. They can be helpful in treating digestive tract conditions such as gas, diarrhea and constipation. They may also help control respiratory conditions like asthma, allergies, and emphysema. Some studies also suggest the seeds may lower blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as reduce the risks of some cancers.*
Here’s a recipe you can to enjoy the benefits as a delicious drink:
- ½ tsp. nigella seed oil
- 2 tsp. organic honey OR 1 tsp. ginger juice
- 1 cup lukewarm water
*Source: WebMD – Nigella/Black Seeds
Mango Lassi reduces inflammation. Popular in India and Pakistan, it’s made from fermented yogurt, which can help the digestive system and aid gut function. To enjoy combine plain Greek yogurt, 1 Tbsp. sugar, ½ cup frozen or fresh mango chunks, and water to blend.
Chai is a health giant. It aids in fat burning by stabilizing blood sugar. Usually, you find it loaded with sugar and artificial chemicals, but in its natural state it can be one of the healthiest things you can drink. To enjoy boil 1 cup of milk with 1 tsp. each of ground cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, fennel, anise, ginger and nutmeg. Actually, everything in this drink is amazing for you. Cinnamon stabilizes blood sugar and reduces weight gain; cloves are anti-inflammatory; cardamom boosts circulation; and fennel, ginger and nutmeg boost chai’s digestive benefits.
Recipes from Yahoo Health
Aloe Vera Juice
That’s right…the aloe you put on your skin for sunburn may also help with weight loss. Why? It balances the digestive system as well as female hormones, which can be one reason why women gain weight or find it hard to lose it. (It’s also been known to enhance fertility.) Buy a bottle such as Aloe Vera Pulp Drink.
Dark Chocolate Shake
Combine weight loss with chocolate? That should be enough to get you to chug this shake. Listen, it’s not a cheat. Chocolate can be healthy for you in controlled doses. Dark chocolate in particular has antioxidants and oleic acid. It also has stimulants that effect fat burning such as theobromine & caffeine. This shake is a wonderful choice to start your day.
- 1 cup skim or soy milk
- 1 Tbs. dark chocolate chips
- 2 tsp. maple syrup or honey
Mix in a blender until desired thickness.
Recipe from Natural Fit Tips
Heat things up with horseradish
- 4.6 oz. of horseradish
- 3 lemons
- 4 tablespoons of honey
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1 inch of shredded ginger
Simply blend the horseradish and ginger together in a blender. Unpeel the lemons and cut them into quarters. Mix the lemons with the horseradish and ginger. Next, scoop out the mixture into a jar or bowl and stir in the honey and cinnamon. This concoction will be thick and should be stored in the refrigerator. Take a teaspoon of the mix two times a day along with your meals and watch the fat melt off. Recipe: Best Herbal Health
Smooth Your Way To Weight Loss
The Super Green
A powerful detox from Prevention’s Lori Powell. Uses celery and parsley, which are diuretics that rid your body of toxins. It also contains that new super food, kale.
- 1¼ cup chopped kale leaves
- 1¼ cup frozen or fresh mango cubes
- 2 medium ribs celery, chopped
- 1 cup chilled fresh tangerine or orange juice
- ¼ chopped flat-leaf parsley
- ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
Hale to the Kale (from Katrine van Wyk, holistic health and nutrition coach)
- ½ pear
- ½ avocado
- ½ cucumber
- ½ lemon
- Handful of cilantro
- 1 cup kale (packed)
- ½ inch ginger root
- ½ cup coconut water
- 2 scoops protein powder
- Pure water
Blend all ingredients
Losing weight is never easy, but with these choices there are plenty of ways to help burn fat while also enjoying drinks that are delicious and nutritious. Keep in mind that these drinks should not be a substitution for regular meals. There is no reason for you to starve yourself to lose weight. Your body actually needs some degree of fat to help keep your cells healthy. Now…drink up!
Do you have any tips or recipes for fat burning drinks?