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 whilst still keeping 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 aptly named 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 that, 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 these delicious fat burning drinks.
Finding a happy medium in life
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 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 these specific weight loss foods as these 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 the good stuff instead of the bad.
Many of these drinks can be made really inexpensively 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.
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) has been proven in studies to 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!
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 weight loss and diet pills; however, sometimes the effects can be short lived as your body becomes more and more tolerant to it 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; plus 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 daily 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 day’s worth of food! And we’re talking the loss of stomach fat specifically here, which is the dangerous kind that may significantly up 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, 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 instead of your usual high sugar 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. And 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’.
Be sure to buy a good quality apple cider vinegar with the mother if you want the best weight loss effects, plus all the other amazing health benefits of this super healthy vinegar.
5. RAW HONEY AND LEMON
As lemon is just so cleansing for the liver means this drink will also help boost detoxification. Keeping the body detoxified is highly effective for weight management, and can also be a big part of the weight loss process. Couple this with a little raw honey and 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. Not only that, but it will totally 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.
However, unlike green tea the white doesn’t contain the the catechin EGCG, which is the antioxidant unique only to the green version that is said to have many healthful benefits.
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 are 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 may 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 can also help you sleep, and is a delicious and comforting way to end the day.
How to make warm Turmeric milk
- 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.
- You can also add cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon sticks if you want it to taste more like a Chai
8. GREEN SUPER FOOD POWDERS
Green super food powders are great metabolism boosting foods; but they are also my personal favorite as they just do so much more than just that. They are an easy, drinkable way to up your quota of those green vegetables we know we should all be eating every day, but don’t always have the time or inclination to.
Superfoods also contain very high amounts of free-radical scavenging antioxidants that help mop up the damage caused by toxins from junk foods, chemicals, alcohol, sun, cigarette smoke, and environmental pollution; plus they are also anti aging for both your body and brain.
Detoxification and weight loss
Keeping your body detoxifying as best as it possibly can is your number one key to a slimmer you. This is because harmful toxins that can’t be broken down and eliminated are often stored away in your fat cells for safe keeping; but they can actually contribute to obesity due to the fact that those fat cells have to keep swelling in order to accommodate these 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, which should include lots of leafy green foods such as superfood powders, plus other specific detoxifcation foods such as coriander, lemon, apples, psyllium husk and flax seeds .
Green powder supplements are also high in fiber, which is another of the reasons as to why they boost weight loss. Your body needs lots of fiber to keep your metabolism fired up and working hard to break it all down. Plus, superfood powders have the added benefit of giving you a big energy boost FAST; plus some amazing anti aging benefits to boot! Your skin, and YOU will literally be glowing from the inside out when you start using these concentrated powders every day.
The best Superfood Powders
There are so many different types of superfood powders to choose from that you may feel overwhelmed at first, but let me explain it 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 other good brands are Udo’s Choice’s 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 clear glowing skin that EVERYBODY commented on!
Cinnamon has long been used for its ability to help 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; but more to the point, it 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 eating in the form of fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, proteins and healthy fats will boost your metabolism and will turn your body into a fat burning machine.
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 if possible) 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, and it tastes absolutely divine!
TOP TIP – You can re-use the cinnamon sticks a couple of times to save wastage.
Thanks for taking the time to read this post! If you know of any other weight loss tips or other drinks that you have already had success with, then I would love to add them to this list. Please feel free to share them in the comments section.
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