We all want to enjoy our favourite foods whilst still staying in shape right? Well fortunately, with these easy weight loss and metabolism boosting drinks, keeping your body in fat burning mode can be just just a few easy to prepare beverages away. This means you CAN indulge in the occasional treat and still keep your metabolism firing on all cylinders.
It’s often hard, when trying to obtain the body you desire, to actually do what it takes to achieve this, such as cutting out those tasty comfort foods that aren’t always great for the waistline. Not only is it hard, but it can make your life an absolute misery what with the constant calorie and fat counting – life’s just too short for this malarkey, and besides there are much easier ways to stay trim. Read on and find out just how you can achieve this with the addition of fat burning drinks.
Finding that happy medium:-
Now, I’m not saying you can just gorge on everything you like, or do no exercise and expect to not gain weight, of course not. But once you get the balance right with healthy eating, exercise, plus still enjoying your life AND food, then you will be happy and contented… and best of all slim!
As well as using these specific drinks to help speed up your metabolism, you should also incorporate into your diet specific fat burning foods that will help to keep your body in negative calorie equity too. The more fat blasting foods and drinks you can add into your diet, the better, plus they help towards filling you up on good stuff instead of the bad.
Many of these drinks can be made really inexpensively and easily out of your store cupboard staples, which is great as no shopping is required. Always remember to drink at least 1.5-2 liters of fluids per day, and more in the summer OR during intense exercise.
Proper hydration in itself can not only help keep you full, but also stop sugar cravings, and ultimately keep your weight stable so never underestimate this fact.
Top 8 Easy Weight Loss And Metabolism Boosting Drinks:
Yep, coffee be it good or bad, is actually a fantastic and proven energy drink AND metabolism booster rolled into one, and a couple of cups of coffee before a gym workout (or any other kind of exercise for that matter) can give you the stamina you need to go at it for harder and longer periods.
A study conducted by the ‘Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness’ discovered that after a couple of cups of black coffee, weight trainers could do nearly 20% more repetitions on the leg press machine than without it.
Don’t go overboard on caffeine – especially if you suffer from anxiety:
If you can tolerate caffeine (some people can’t), then being able to do longer and harder periods of exercise will mean extra weight loss. But I would only recommend having this much caffeine if you are actually going to burn it off immediately, otherwise you may end up with possible negative side effects, such as palpitations and anxiety.
Caffeine has long been proven to boost metabolism, which is the reason why it is in so many natural weight loss supplements. However, sometimes the effects can be short lived as your body becomes more and more tolerant to with continual use. So bear in mind that you may not get the same effects forever, and also think about taking breaks to reset your caffeine tolerance.
Remember to take the coffee black and without sugar, or at least use a healthier sweetener alternative if you can. This is because the fat and proteins in milk before a workout will not be beneficial to your training, and may even counteract what you are trying to achieve, and refined sugars are just not good full stop.
2. GREEN TEA
Fantastic for fat burning and ultimately weight loss, green tea contains catechins and antioxidants that can help increase metabolism by up to 4% over a 24-hour period. This may not seem like much, but think of how it will add up over time if you decide to swap your regular tea for the potent green stuff.
In fact, 4 cups a day can help you to burn up to 70 CALORIES extra a day, which works out 490 a week, and 1,960 every month. That’s a whole days worth of food! And we’re talking the loss of stomach fat specifically here, which is the dangerous kind that significantly ups your chances of type 2 diabetes, heat disease, and metabolic syndrome.
3. SIMPLE WATER WITH ICE
Sounds too good to be true I know, but true it is! Cold drinks push the body into burning more calories in a frantic bid to maintain its core temperature of 98.6 degrees. Drinking just 3 glasses a day can boost your body into burning an extra 100 CALORIES. That’s 700 a week, and 2,800 a month… you get the idea.
Even though your body will actually react this way to all cold beverages, it really is best to stick to just water as anything else will just mean extra calories, or the addition of nasty artificial sweeteners. For instance, if you decide to have a coke with ice instead of water, then the benefits will be lost because of the high amounts of sugar and calories.
Same goes for anything else you may add – especially don’t try to swap to 3 glasses of diet soft drinks as all those chemical sweeteners have been shown to promote weight gain in the long term, and could also have lots of other unwanted side effects.
4. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, RAW HONEY, AND LEMON
The compound acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar can help increase energy expenditure and suppress body fat mass. At 1-2 tablespoons a day it can boost feelings of fullness, lower blood sugar, AND suppress appetite.
Amazingly, 30ml of apple cider vinegar before a high carbohydrate meal can make you feel highly satiated due to the fact that it lowers the GI (glycemic index) of your entire meal. This has been shown in studies to cause you to consume between 200-275 calories LESS over the rest of the day.
Adding lemon to this drink is also cleansing for the liver, which in turn helps with the detoxification process. Also, raw honey is believed to have the ability to actually mobilise stored fat to then be burnt off as energy, but don’t go overboard with honey as it is still classed a ‘free sugar‘.
5. RAW HONEY, AND LEMON
As lemon is just so cleansing for the liver, it will also boost detoxification, and keeping the body detoxified is highly effective for weight management and can be a big part of the weight loss process. Couple this with a little raw honey with its fat mobilising effects, and you have a great weight loss drink.
Having your warm lemon and honey drink first thing in the morning, and on an empty stomach, is the best way to get this detoxifying drink straight into your system to get you going and glowing for the day.
6. WHITE TEA
White tea is a source of powerful antioxidants, and contains up to 3 times more polyphenols than green tea. A study conducted by ‘Nutrition and Metabolism‘ discovered that white tea can boost the breakdown of fat and actually block the formation of fat cells.
It doesn’t however, contain the the catechin EGCG, which is in fact an antioxidant unique only to green tea that is said to have many healthful benefits, including being anti inflammatory, anti cancer, and good for cardiovascular health.
You could alternate between green and white tea to reap the benefits of both, but do remember that both of these teas contain caffeine (though not as much as regular tea and coffee), and therefore probably not ideal before bedtime.
7. TURMERIC MILK
As a powerful anti inflammatory and antioxidant, turmeric truly is a superfood with many health benefits, and helping to lower the inflammation associated with obesity is one of them. Its active anti inflammatory compound called curcumin is responsible for this, and can actually help to curb insulin resistance, lower blood sugar, lower high cholesterol, and help with the other metabolic conditions resulting from obesity.
Making a warm turmeric milk before bed will also help you sleep, and is a delicious and comforting way to end the day.
Warm turmeric milk preparation:-
Warm some sugar free nut milk, either in the microwave or on the stove (coconut seems to taste the best, but any will work just as well), add half a teaspoon of turmeric powder, and maybe a small amount of raw honey as a sweetener and your’e good to go.
This drink tastes delicious with both cinnamon and ginger powder added too (both of which are also fat burners – bosh, a tripple whammy fat burning drink!
Homemade Turmeric Paste:-
Turmeric is known to have many health benefits, weight loss being just a small part of the equation. Its powerful anti inflammatory properties make it fantastic for arthritic pain, anti aging, skin problems, degenerative brain disease, and immunity.
If you’d like to find out more, and also get the exact recipe I use for this fantastic and easy to prepare paste, then please check out here my homemade turmeric paste. I now have my whole family on this stuff, and it has not only helped my aging parents with their memory, aches and pains, and many other niggling health issues, but it has also eased my sisters back pain, and helped my brother with his stomach issues.
8. GREEN SUPER FOOD POWDERS
Green super food powders are great metabolism boosting foods, and they are also my personal favorite as they do SO MUCH MORE than just that. They are an easy, drinkable, way to up your quota of those green vegetables we should all be eating every day, but don’t always get time to.
Superfood powders also contain very high amounts of free radical scavenging antioxidants. These mop up a lot of the damage caused by toxins from junk foods, chemicals, alcohol, sun, cigarette smoke, and environmental pollution, and they are also anti aging for both your body and brain.
Keeping your body detoxified is crucial for weight loss
Keeping your body detoxifying the best it possibly can is your number one key to a slimmer body. This is because many harmful toxins are actually stored away in your fat cells supposedly to keep them from doing harm in the body, but they can actually contribute to obesity. This is due to the fact that those fat cells have to keep swelling in order to accommodate the continual assault of toxins, and here’s the kicker, the more they swell the bigger you get – yikes, right?
This is why it’s so very important to keep the body in high detoxification mode by eating a healthy diet of at least 7-10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. For best results this should include lots of green foods such as green superfood powders, plus other specific detoxifcation foods.
These green powders are also high in fiber, which is another reason why they boost weight loss. Your body need lots of fiber to keep your metabolism fired up and working hard to break it down. Plus, super food has the added side effect of giving you a big energy boost fast, AND some great anti aging benefits to boot. Your skin, and YOU, will literally be glowing from the inside out when you start using these concentrated superfood powders every day.
Choosing the best superfood powder:-
There are so many different green powders to choose from that you may feel overwhelmed at first, but let me explain all to you. Firstly, you have the single powders such as wheatgrass, barleygrass, spirulina, moringa, chlorella, and other blue green algaes. These are all great, but it is much better to choose a blend so you get the best nutrients from all of them. Some good brands are Udo’s Choice Beyond Greens, OR my favorite by far, especially in the glowing skin stakes is Dr. Schulze’s Superfood Blend. I love this stuff, and it was a game changer for me in terms of detoxification, immunity, and completely clear, glowing, beautiful skin.
I also have for you a list of other trusty green superfood powder brands that I have reviewed, and I have sourced out the best available at the lowest prices. They all have different qualities so you should read through and pick one that suits your individual needs. Please check out this list here.
Cinnamon has long been used for its ability to control blood sugar (especially in diabetics). Keeping blood sugar stable is vital to keeping weight down, and cinnamon just happens to be great for just this – and it helps to keep off belly fat specifically, which makes it even better.
That is why it is also important to eat low GI foods – to avoid the sugar crashes that promote weight gain. Low GI foods that boost metabolism come in the form of fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, proteins and healthy fats.
Cinnamon hot toddy:-
To make this hot drink, you can use cinnamon sticks (make sure they are the flaky variety, and NOT the hard rolls – see pic) as this type is healthier. You can infuse them in hot water with some raw honey, lemon juice, cloves and ginger slices.
All of these work together to boost metabolism, plus it tastes absolutely divine. You can re-use the cinnamon sticks a couple of times to save wastage.
If you know of any other weight loss tips or drinks that you have already had success with then I would love to add them to this list. Please feel free to share below. Thanks for reading!