Most of us want to eat healthy. We want to look good and feel healthy inside.
But the force might not be so strong with us.
It’s difficult to get past a plate of vegetables.
Well, if you can’t eat it, then drink it.
Put your plate aside, and drink up. Here are a few science-backed drinks that would help burn fat.
1. Sip cups of green tea
Green tea has gained a huge fan base over the years. Thanks to the truckload of benefits. Especially for us weight-conscious people.
Green tea helps to increase metabolic rate. It helps to reduce body fat, especially in the abdominal area. There have been studies that prove consuming the super drink helps to burn fat.1 This is due to the high presence of an antioxidant known as catechin. These guys are the reason why our body turns into a fat-burning gear.
An interesting study revealed that people who exercised and had green tea tend to burn more fat when compared to people who exercised without green tea.2
Fortunately, the benefits of green tea don’t end with weight loss. Having 3-4 cups of green tea a day, improves blood circulation, brain functions, and lowers the risk of type II diabetes. So, take that tea break. Just make sure it’s green.
2. Go green with juices
Green juices are an easier way to get leafy veggies into our diet. While it takes away the fiber content, these juices do give a wide variety of vitamins and minerals.
Make green juices with fat-burning foods like collard, kale, and spinach. These dark leafy veggies boost the vitamin D in your body, an important compound for fat burning. Another advantage is that it keeps your tummy full for a few hours. But do keep in mind, it’s not a substitute for a meal. It should be sipped along with your meal.
A few pointers:
- The vegetable percent should be higher than fruits in the green juice.
- Don’t add sugar to sweeten it. Rely on natural sugar from fruits like apples and bananas.
3. Soothe your system with lemon water
Do you start your morning with warm lemon water? If so, then you’re on the right track. There are certain components in lemons that stimulate the liver to burn fat. Even the high content of vitamin C helps to get your body to burn fat.
A study tells that a good intake of vitamin C especially coupled with exercise burned 30% more fat.3
4. Grab that cup of coffee
Good news for coffee drinkers. Turns out having a cup of coffee is just what our body needs to burn fat.
A research published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness claims that people who consumed a cup of caffeine goodness were more active during workout.4 Coffee-drinkers had better endurance than people who didn’t have coffee before starting the workout.
The trick is to have it black and not add sugar, cream, or other sweeteners to it. This would dilute the benefits of coffee.
5. Rely on water
Water is an excellent source of burning fat. When you’re dehydrated, your liver works harder to breakdown fat. This slows down metabolism. Always keep yourself hydrated.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism tells that drinking 17 ounces of water a day, helped to shoot up the metabolism rate by 30%. The spike was noticed within 10 minutes after consuming water.
When you’re thirsty, it already means your body water level is down, and it makes it difficult for your body to function properly.
Also, water comes with a long term commitment in maintaining a healthy weight.
Here’s a tip: Have a glass of water before you start a meal. This helps to fill up your tummy, and stops you from over-eating.
Drinking these super drinks should be a part of your daily health regime. To reap the maximum benefits of these drinks, get your body moving.
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|1.||↑||Nagao, Tomonori, Yumiko Komine, Satoko Soga, Shinichi Meguro, Tadashi Hase, Yukitaka Tanaka, and Ichiro Tokimitsu. “Ingestion of a tea rich in catechins leads to a reduction in body fat and malondialdehyde-modified LDL in men.” The American journal of clinical nutrition 81, no. 1 (2005): 122-129.|
|2.||↑||Venables, Michelle C., Carl J. Hulston, Hannah R. Cox, and Asker E. Jeukendrup. “Green tea extract ingestion, fat oxidation, and glucose tolerance in healthy humans.” The American journal of clinical nutrition 87, no. 3 (2008): 778-784.|
|3.||↑||Johnston, Carol S. “Strategies for healthy weight loss: from vitamin C to the glycemic response.” Journal of the American College of Nutrition 24, no. 3 (2005): 158-165.|
|4.||↑||Goldstein, Erica R., Tim Ziegenfuss, Doug Kalman, Richard Kreider, Bill Campbell, Colin Wilborn, Lem Taylor et al. “International society of sports nutrition position stand: caffeine and performance.” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 7, no. 1 (2010): 1.|