Belly fat, the uninvited guest that overstays its welcome, becomes the target of our disdain as we strive for a flatter tummy and a more slim waistline. If you’re like me and want to truly say goodbye to stubborn belly fat, it’s crucial to add fat-burning items to your diet. Here are five drinks designed to burn fat and promote hydration. Combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, you can melt belly fat, and say goodbye to your old friend for good.
Start your day with a glass of warm water mixed with freshly squeezed lemon juice. Scientific studies propose that adequate hydration plays a role in improving mitochondrial function, the energy-generating organelles within cells. The combination of lemon’s natural detoxifying properties and the hydration benefits of water may support the body’s metabolic processes, aid in digestion, and potentially enhance weight loss efforts.
A 2018 study revealed that participants who consumed water prior to a test meal consumed fewer calories compared to those who did not “pre-load” with water. Surprisingly, even though they ate less, the participants still felt equally satisfied after drinking water beforehand.
Tip: Add a bit of fresh mint and cucumber to the water. It adds a yummy flavor, and the cucumber adds water and soluble fiber.
Apple Cider Vinegar Drink
I like to do this in the morning after my lemon water. Mix one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a glass of water. Apple cider vinegar has been associated with appetite control, improved digestion, and potential fat-burning effects. Not only is this drink a diuretic, but it can also help reduce your appetite. And as an added bonus, it makes your skin glow!
Tip: Apple cider vinegar can also be used as a facial toner. Mix it with distilled water (use the ratio that is best for your skin type) and then apply it to the face.
Green Tea and Ginger Infusion
Brew a cup of green tea and add freshly grated ginger. Green tea contains catechins (polyphenols that act as antioxidants) that can boost metabolism, while ginger has thermogenic properties that cut down on fermentation, constipation and other causes of bloating. The less bloated, the flatter the tummy.
Cayenne Pepper and Water
Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to a glass of water. Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, which gives the cayenne pepper its kick. Research has shown capsaicin improves inflammation and promotes fat oxidation, or the vital metabolic process where the body breaks down fats (triglycerides) into smaller molecules like free fatty acids and glycerol. Occurring primarily in the mitochondria of cells, this process serves as a key component of the body’s energy metabolism.
Pineapple, Ginger, Cucumber, and Lemon Drink
This is my favorite fat-burning drink. Pineapple, cucumber, lemon, and ginger are 4 fat-burning ingredients that can help you lose belly fat. Pineapples are low in calories and aid in digestion, detoxification, and inflammation. As said above, cucumbers are low in calories and contain a good amount of water and soluble fiber, promoting hydration. Lemons have natural detoxifying properties, and ginger cuts down on fermentation, constipation, and other causes of bloating.
In a blender, combine 1 cup of pineapple, 1/4 cup of cucumber, 1 inch of ginger, and the juice of 1 lemon. Drink this mix 30 minutes before each meal, and let it work its magic.
As someone who suffers from fibroids, drinking this helps with my stomach bloating.