By now, you've probably heard about how starting your day with a glass of lemon water can help you shed pounds quickly. The truth is, that's far more fiction than fact. Experts say that there is no specific beverage that, by itself, can help you slim down, including lemon water, however tasty it may be!
But some drinks, combined with a healthy lifestyle, can help give your weight-loss program a boost. Here's three of those:
We all know what coffee can do in terms of helping us lift our morning fog. But coffee is nature's ideal energy drink. Studies have shown that drinking coffee before your workout can help you work out longer and harder — which means you'll burn more calories.
But it's important to always drink it black, because dousing it with cream and sugar will undo the natural benefits of caffeine.
Besides turbo-charging your workout, here are some other reasons why your body appreciates caffeine:
- It Improves Your Mood - One study showed that women who drank four 8-ounce cups of coffee per day were 20% less apt to suffer from depression.
- Your Heart Likes It - Consuming 200 to 300 mg of caffeine a day can make your heart perform better, particularly at rest.
- It Helps Your Memory - Consuming two, 8-ounce cups of coffee a day can improve long-term memory, according to one study.
- It Lessens Diabetes Risk - Drinking six, 8-ounce cups of coffee each day can reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Do you want to really make that water work for you? Swap out the lemon for a handful of ice cubes. Cold drinks prompt your body to burn more energy because it's trying to maintain its normal temperature. Downing three 24-ounce servings of ice water a day can help you burn up to 100 extra calories. Doing that every day can help you lose up to 10 extra pounds per year.
What's not to like about green tea? It's calorie-free and can help increase fat burn and weight loss. One study showed that regular green tea drinkers weigh less, have smaller waist sizes, and reap a variety of other benefits, including the fact that they're loaded with antioxidants. Enjoy your green tea hot and fresh with nothing added. Store-bought bottled green teas are often loaded with sugar and have fewer antioxidants than your own home brew.
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