Losing unwanted fat around your waist, thighs or anywhere is not an exact science. We know that eating fewer calories can force your body to burn more of its own fat but so can intense exercise, or a combination of the two.
Thermogenic drinks may be another effective way, boosting your metabolism and helping you burn fat. The science isn’t completely worked out yet but a handful of fat-burning drinks do seem to hold some promise. (Remember to ask your family doctor or a dietician for suggestions on the best ways for you to lose weight and get fit.)
- Coffee: High-fat, sugary lattes don’t have the best reputation when it comes to weight loss but coffee beans themselves are quite healthy and packed with antioxidants. More importantly, in terms of weight loss, the caffeine found in coffee is believed to temporarily boost metabolism by up to 11% and increase fat burning by up to 29%.
- Green tea: Like coffee, tea contains caffeine, which can increase your body’s metabolism and increase fat burning. More importantly, green tea is rich in an antioxidant called EGCG, which appears to play a role in releasing stored fat.
- Apple cider vinegar: Associated with a variety of health benefits, vinegar doesn’t exactly burn fat but it does seem to make you feel full when you drink it with a high-carb meal. And that can help you eat less and lose weight. One study showed that 1-2 tablespoons a day helps reduce belly fat.
- Water: Maybe you’ve heard of it? While two-thirds of our body mass is made up of water, we still need to drink a lot of it to stay healthy and, it turns out, lose weight. Drinking 0.5L of water before meals may help people on a diet lose up to 44% more weight.
And, if none of these do the trick for you, be patient because Swiss scientists are reportedly developing a drink that may boost your metabolism to replicate the way exercise burns fat. “Gym in a can,” it’s being called. We’ll believe it when we see it and taste it.
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