Sometimes keeping your metabolism ticking over enough to keep you slim can be just a few dietary tweaks away. These easy weight loss and metabolism boosting drinks could be all it takes to keep your body in fat burning mode, which will mean of course, less fretting about the occasional indulgence of your favorite treats.
Often we will find, when trying to obtain the body we desire, that it’s hard to actually do what it takes and cut out our favorite comfort foods. Not only is it hard, but it can make your life an absolute misery with the constant calorie and fat counting – life’s just too short for this, and there surely must be easier ways huh?
Finding that ‘happy medium’
Now I’m not saying you should just gorge on everything you like, or do no exercise and expect to not gain weight…of course not; but once you can get the balance right with healthy eating, exercise, PLUS still enjoying your life and food, then you will be happy and contented.
This is where it helps to incorporate into your life daily, specific fat burning foods and some easy to prepare weight loss drinks. These will help keep your metabolism firing on all cylinders and your body in negative calorie equity.
Many of these drinks can be made cheaply, simply, and out of some of your food cupboard staples – which is great news as no special shop is required! Always remember to drink at least 1.5-2 liters of fluids a day: more during the summer OR during intense exercise.
Proper hydration in itself can help keep you full, stop sugar cravings, and ultimately keep your weight stable.
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. 2-3 cups/shots of coffee before a gym workout (or any other kind of exercise for that matter) can give you the stamina 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 anxiety:
If you can tolerate caffeine, then being able to do longer, 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, as this will help negate any negative effects such as palpitations and anxiety.
Remember to take the coffee black without sugar, or use a healthier sweetener alternative if you can, because the fat and proteins in milk before a workout will not be beneficial to your training, and ma counteract what you are trying to achieve.
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 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 up’s 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 it’s actually not. Cold drinks push the body into burning more calories in a bid to maintain its core temperature of 98.6 degrees. Having just 3 glasses a day can boost your body into burning an extra 100 CALORIES a day. That’s 700 a week and 2,800 a month…you get the idea.
BUT, even though your body will react this way to all cold beverages, it really is best to stick to just water here. Obviously, if you decide to have a coke with ice 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 drinks, as all those chemical sweeteners have been shown to promote weight gain in the long term.
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 meal. This has been shown in studies to cause you to consume between 200-275 calories LESS over the rest of the day.
Find out more about the weight loss benefits and other awesome benefits of apple cider vinegar in this post ‘The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet’.
Adding lemon is also cleansing for the liver, which in turn also helps with the detoxification process; and raw honey is believed to have the ability to mobilise stored fat which can then be burnt off as energy.
5. RAW HONEY, AND LEMON
Being as lemon is so cleansing for the liver it will boost detoxification, and keeping the body detoxified is highly effective for weight management. Couple this with a little raw honey with its fat mobilising effects and you have a great weight loss drink.
Have a warm lemon and honey drink first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and it will get straight into your system, getting 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 an antioxidant that is unique to green tea which 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 remember that both of these teas contain caffeine (though not as much as regular tea and coffee) so are probably not ideal before bedtime.
7. TURMERIC MILK
As a powerful anti inflammatory turmeric has 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 help 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 method:
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).
Homemade Turmeric Paste:
Turmeric is now known to have so many health benefits, weight loss being just a small part of the story. Its powerful anti inflammatory properties make it fantastic for arthritic pain, anti aging, skin problems, degenerative brain disease, and immunity.
If you would like to find out more and get this fantastic and easy to prepare recipe then please visit this page ‘Homemade Turmeric Paste’.
I have my whole family on this stuff no and it has helped my Mum and Dad with their memory, my sister with her back pain, and my brother with his stomach issues.
8. GREEN SUPER FOOD POWDERS
Green super food powders are great metabolism boosting foods for weight loss, and they are my personal favorite as they also do SO MUCH MORE. They are an easy, drinkable way to up your quota of the green vegetables, which we should be eating every day, but don’t always have time to.
Super food 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 pollution and are anti aging for both your body and mind.
Keeping your body detoxified is crucial for weight loss!
Keeping your body in a high state of detoxification is the key to a slim 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 do contribute to obesity as those cells have to keep swelling to accommodate these toxins.
This is why it is just so 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 and other specific detoxifcation foods.
Green super food powders are also high in fiber, which is ANOTHER reason 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 energy, AND some serious anti aging benefits. Your skin, and you, will literally be glowing from the inside out when you start using concentrated super food powders every day.
Choosing the right super food powder:
There are many to choose from, such as wheatgrass, barleygrass, spirulina, moringa, chlorella, blue green algae’s. It is much better to choose a blend so you get the best of all worlds. Some good brands are ‘Udo’s Choice Beyond Greens’, OR my favorite by far, especially for glowing skin is ‘Dr. Schulze’s Superfood Powder’. (With this one, you don’t need the amounts it says on the jar,unless you are sick – I just take 2 teaspoons a day and it works perfectly well).
Cinnamon has long been used for its ability to control blood sugar (especially in diabetics). But keeping blood sugar stable is vital to keep weight down, and cinnamon helps to keep off belly fat specifically!
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 are in the form of fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, proteins and healthy fats.
To make a 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 much 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 delicious. You can reuse 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 the list. Please feel free to share below. Thanks for reading!