Weight loss can be a daunting process; it requires time, patience and whole lot of dedication. The road to a fitter body needs sacrifice cause let’s face it; belly fat can be sometimes be too stubborn to deal with especially for those who lack discipline.
Sadly, there are no ‘cheats’ per say to help speed up weight loss. But eating and drink smarting can help you burn calories. Many people don’t know about this but there are some special combinations of foods that work wonders when it comes to fighting fat.
Try these 5 unusual fat burning drinks, if you want to lose weight in the easiest way possible! The key is to have them before bed to see the magic.
1. Chamomile Tea
This tea is mildly bitter due to its sesquiterpene lactone content, which helps the liver prime its detoxification pathways. Chamomile is also considered to have a nervine action on the body meaning that it is used to calm the nerves to help us wind down and fall asleep.
Finally, this herb has anti-inflammatory effects which further aid the body in dealing with intermediates of detoxification which can cause higher than normal levels of inflammation in the body.
2. A Glass of Milk
A glass of milk (warm or not) can help you sleep more soundly, thanks to a healthy dose of tryptophan and calcium, says Murphy. And more sleep means less next-day cravings getting in the way of your pounds-dropping goals. For women hitting the gym (i.e. you!), milk’s casein protein is slow to digest, which could help you build muscle all night long, per Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise research. The result: a faster metabolism and easier weight loss, says Murphy.
3. Green Power Drink
Well this wonder drink doesn’t really have a name but it works like a charm. The ingredients for the drink are either antioxidants as they help flush out the impurities out of your system. Here’s all that you need to make this refreshing green drink.
4. Grape Juice
We don’t recommend drinking fruit juice very often around here, but a small glass of 100 percent grape juice before bed may help you sleep and burn fat as you dream, says Murphy. Research published in Cell Reports suggests that insulin secretion at night (caused by consumption of simple carbs, like juice) regulates the body’s circadian rhythms. And a 2015 International Journal of Obesity study found that resveratrol, an antioxidant contained in grapes, converts calorie-storing white fat into calorie-burning brown fat. It’s a one-two punch.
6. Lemon Water
This is one of the drinks I routinely recommend to patients to drink throughout the day made by either squeezing fresh lemon in water or by slicing lemons and adding them to a jar of water. If using lemon slices with the peel, ensure you are using organic lemons to avoid pesticide exposure. At night lemon water helps purge toxins out of your blood.
Lemon water works best when it is warm, as cold drinks can cause a shock to the body and take heat from your digestive system to warm up. So help your body in advance by drinking warm fluids.
7. Lotus Seed
This is another TCM herb (Lian Zi is the Chinese name) which can be beneficial to make as a nighttime tea. This herb is useful if stress, anxiety and racing thoughts keep you up at night. It helps calm the mind and can even help if you’re having heart palpitations.
Lavender can also be added to this tea to further cut down the anxiety and calm the nerves.