The next time you’re thirsty, instead of reaching for a bottle of water, try one of these refreshing drinks instead. Apart from hydrating your body, they will keep you energized and help shrink your belly. So are you ready to adopt this revolutionary method to shrink your belly and keep fat at bay?
Ice Peppermint Tea
This is a highly refreshing drink that will have you asking for more. The peppermint in the tea aids your stomach in processing fat much faster. So even if you eat highly fatty food, it will be digested relatively quickly, thus keeping your stomach from bloating up.
This is a no brainer. We all know that green tea is full of antioxidants that help flush out toxins from our body. Another thing that antioxidants and other compounds in green tea are effective at is in burning fat. So regular consumption of green tea can actually help reduce belly fat. Just try to get your hands on some organic green tea if you can.
Having green tea before you workout will help you burn more calories during your workout.
Have a tall glass of watermelon juice, sans sugar or other sweeteners of course. As you already know watermelon is very hydrating as it has a very high water content. But what you probably don’t know is that watermelons contain a cancer-fighting compound called Lycopene and an amino acid called Arginine, apart from a host of other nutrients. Now Arginine has been found to be highly effective in burning body fat and increasing muscle mass. So load up on those watermelon coolers to keep you refreshed and fit.
Watermelon is also great at soothing sore muscles post workout. So try having a glass of watermelon juice after your workout and you will find that your muscles are less sore than usual.
Whip up a tasty pineapple smoothie to act as an instant pick-me-up booster. Pineapple contains bromelain which aids digestion, breaks down protein, and helps fight bloating. Do you need any more reasons to make this your favourite drink to quench your thirst?
Dark Chocolate Shake
Yeah you read it right. A dark chocolate shake could actually help you lose weight. How? Well, dark chocolate contains antioxidants and a dark chocolate shake is quite filling. So you can skip a meal, have a shake and feel full for longer. This way you won’t be tempted to have unhealthy snacks and fast food as the shake not only fills you up but also tastes really yummy, thereby satisfying your taste buds as well. More often than not, women snack not because they’re hungry but because they crave something sweet. This shake addresses that craving. Since it does have a high caloric content, you must make the shake your entire meal instead of having it between meals.
Just keeping your body well hydrated with water will help reduce bloating. When you do not drink enough water, there will be water retention in your body. Drinking plenty of water helps get rid of this problem. Also, when you drink a lot of water, you feel full and are less likely to snack. You can even flavour your water with mint leaves, basil, or a squeeze of lemon if you want. Sip it throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated.
Whichever drink you opt for just remember to skip the sugar, because adding sugar to your health drink will just end up making it an empty calorie laden drink that does you little good. If you find that you need a little sweetness, add a spoon of organic honey instead of sugar.