Belly fat, belly fat, what are they feeding you?
We know the answer. Saturated fats and loads of it. Our stomachs know no other love than the comfort from unhealthy fats.
There’s no problem having tummy rolls. Everybody has them. But excess fat around the tummy has been linked to type II diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and metabolic issues.
Say goodbye to your wobbly bits, here are six killer drinks to lose your belly fat.
1. Cups and cups of green tea
You’ve probably heard it a dozen times already. There’s no denying the fact that green tea is one of the healthiest drinks for your body. It helps to increase your metabolic rate, promotes weight loss, reduces the chance of getting cancer (thank you, antioxidants), lowers risk of infection, type II diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. If none of this convinces you, drink it for it’s ability to trim the flabby friend around your waist.
There are several studies that claim drinking green tea regularly helps to get rid of belly fat.1 One study claims that coupling green tea with adequate exercises helped to burn 17% more fat than people who solely relied on exercises.2 Get with the program.
2. Cold water makes things better
Who would’ve thought something as simple as drinking a glass of cold water could set your body into a fat-burning mode? Could life really be that simple? One study claims so.3 While drinking 8 glasses of water daily does rev up your metabolic rate, cold water has a tiny advantage over regular room temperature ones. This is because the body builds up energy just to warm up cold water.
While the energy raised to do this, and the resulting burned calories are minuscule, cold water has other advantages as well. People tend to drink more of something cooler and refreshing. Those 8 glasses of water don’t seem too difficult now, do they?
3. Get your pom pom on
Pomegranate juice is high in antioxidants. In one study, participants who drank pomegranate juice for a month reduced their chances of developing fatty acid cells around the abdomen.4 It was also found that they had lower amounts of fatty acid cells in the blood, aka nonesterified fatty acid or NEFA. This is important because people who scored a high NEFA level had a greater amount of belly fat.
4. Lean, mean green smoothie
Not a fan of leafy greens? If you can’t eat it, the next best thing is to make a smoothie out of it. Green smoothies are packed with vitamins and fiber. In fact, smoothies are a great way to get the recommended 4.5 cups intake of fruits and vegetables for a day. It’s a no fuss, easy, and fun way to get greens into your system.
Dark leafy vegetables have immense abilities to get fat knocked off the tummy. They are low in calorie, high in fiber, and act as powerhouses for vitamins, while removing toxins from the body.
Get a handful of powerful greens like kale, spinach, and celery. Blend it all together, and marvel your creation.
5. Refresh yourself with ginger lemon water
Lemons are rich in vitamin C, high in antioxidants, and let’s not forget that a squeeze of lemon to any drink, makes things better. It’s a burst of freshness. Also, when your body has adequate levels of good ol’ vitamin C, you tend to burn more 30% fat from exercising when compared to people low on the vitamin.
Ginger is another stomach-friendly food, and helps to kickstart your metabolism. It increases your overall body temperature, resulting in burning more fat more.
Begin your day with a glass of fresh ginger lemon warm water. This will set your digestive system to a great start.
6. Go ultimate with cucumber, mint, ginger lemonade
Take belly-burning up a notch by adding cucumber and mint to ginger lemonade. Cucumbers are low in calories and high in nutrients. They help to keep you full for longer, reducing your desire to binge later. Mint is another ingredient that helps to curb you from binge eating, and it soothes your abdomen.
7. Go big on watermelon juice
Watermelons are 91% water. While you get all the juicy nutrients like vitamins C, B6, B1, and A, magnesium, and potassium, you are also munching on a source of water. Also, a study conducted by the University of Kentucky found that drinking two glasses of watermelon juice daily for eight weeks helped people lose weight — especially belly fat.
Whenever you feel the urge to quench your thirst with soda, or alcohol, stay strong. Avoid sugary drinks and alcohol like the plague. Reach out to one of the six drinks mentioned here to combat cravings.
|↑1||Maki, Kevin C., Matthew S. Reeves, Mildred Farmer, Koichi Yasunaga, Noboru Matsuo, Yoshihisa Katsuragi, Masanori Komikado et al. “Green tea catechin consumption enhances exercise-induced abdominal fat loss in overweight and obese adults.” The Journal of nutrition 139, no. 2 (2009): 264-270.|
|↑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||Boschmann, Michael, Jochen Steiniger, Uta Hille, Jens Tank, Frauke Adams, Arya M. Sharma, Susanne Klaus, Friedrich C. Luft, and Jens Jordan. “Water-induced thermogenesis.” The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (2013).|
|↑4||Tsang, Catherine, Nacer F. Smail, Suzana Almoosawi, Isobel Davidson, and Emad AS Al-Dujaili. “Intake of polyphenol-rich pomegranate pure juice influences urinary glucocorticoids, blood pressure and homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance in human volunteers.” Journal of nutritional science 1 (2012): e9.|