For many, losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a dream. And to achieve that people spend heavy amount of money on their diets, beverages and towards gym that ultimately leaves a hole in their pocket. Spending hours every day working out in gym may not be as effective as following a healthy diet regime which includes various types of drinks.
Below are some drinks that can help you make phenomenal changes in the body especially by reducing belly fat:
GINGER TEA: While many people are obsessed with conventional milk tea, most of us are unaware of the benefits of ginger tea. A study found that ginger tea helps in reducing appetite and increasing calorie expenditure in humans.
Also, the ginger tea improves the thermic effect of food (the number of calories needed to digest and absorb food). It may not be a huge reduction in calories but ginger tea could become an effective method to enhance weight loss.
VEGETABLE JUICE: Consumption of at least one glass of low sodium vegetable juice daily can help reduce a lot of body weight, claims a study. Especially, the people in obese category with metabolic syndrome, which is defined by multiple risk factors including excess body fat, will be benefitted.
Consuming whole vegetables may be the best choice for health as high amount of fiber is lost in the juicing process. However, intake of a low-calorie vegetable juice can increase vegetable intake and may even help lose weight significantly.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR DRINKS: This drink is known to be one of the best when it comes to shedding weight. As one of the traditional condiments, vinegar is used as a flavouring agent and food preservative across the world. Cider vinegar is made out of apple juice or concentrate by fermentation process and is used widely in several countries.
The demand for apple cider vinegar has grown manifold in the past few years due to its medicinal properties and its role in curing various ailments like high cholesterol, arthritis, asthma, coughs, high blood sugar and high cholesterol.
HIGH PROTEIN DRINKS: The drinks which are rich in protein can curb hunger and decrease appetite playing an instrumental role for those trying to shed excess weight. There are many protein powders which can be prepared quickly and can be consumed as a healthy snack or during meal.
COFFEE: Consumption of coffee may stimulate the body’s own fat-fighting defenses, which could be the key in tackling diabetes and obesity, according to study. The study is one of the first to be carried out in humans to find key components which may have a direct effect on ‘brown fat’ functions, which plays an important role in how quickly we can burn calories as energy. Its main function is to generate body heat by burning calories, opposed to white fat, which is a result of excess calories stored in the body.
GREEN TEA: This can reduce the risk of obesity and a number of inflammatory biomarkers linked with poor health, suggests a study on mice. Mice fed two per cent green tea extract fared far better than those that ate a diet without it, the study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry claimed. The finding has led to an upcoming study of green tea’s potential benefits in people at high risk of diabetes and heart disease.
BLACK TEA: When it comes to losing weight, caffeine has always been considered a significant drink which boosts metabolism. A team of experts from the University of California – Los Angeles had found that chemicals called polyphenols that are abundantly present in black tea may help in changing energy metabolism in the liver by altering gut metabolites.
COCONUT MINT PINE PINA COLADA: All you need to make this cool drink that helps in reducing bad cholesterol is fresh coconut water, two slices of pineapple and few leaves of mint which need to be blended. It makes for a clean drink which is packed with minerals, good for digestion and is rich in enzyme Bromelain which is known to boost weight loss.
BANANA SHAKE: This drink is a rich source of energy, potassium and calcium and it is considered good for weight loss as it doesn’t contain milk which otherwise makes the drink heavy. The drink is prepared by blending one ripe banana, few ice cubes, half cup of water till its frothy.
WATER: Water is considered to be one of the most effective ways of losing weight. Water may be the potential secret weapon to get a healthier weight, a study suggests. People who are obese and have a higher body mass index (BMI) are more likely to be inadequately hydrated, researchers have said. The study suggests that people with higher BMIs, who are expected to have higher water needs, may also show behaviours that lead to inadequate hydration.
However, healthy foods rich in water content such as fruits and vegetables can improve hydration status though more studies are needed to know whether hydration status can influence weight.