What would you say if we told you that one of your most powerful allies when it comes to weight loss isn’t the newest cardio science or a complicated diet, but water? That’s right. Good ol’ H2O can rev your metabolism, help you lose serious weight and maintain that flat belly. According to a study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, drinking 17 ounces of water daily increased the metabolic rate of study participants by 30 percent. Drink 1.5 liters of water a day (about six glasses) and you could burn 17,400 calories each year!
Combine plain water with proven fat-burning superfoods to create a slimming water and you’ll have an elixir that energizes you, fights bloating and helps you achieve your weight loss goals.
Aside from being as refreshingly tart as an Amy Schumer routine, grapefruit has serious health benefits: A study published in the journal Metabolism found that those who ate grapefruit for six weeks lost a full inch off their waistlines. Why? The fruit is rich in phytochemicals, a bioactive compound that burns fat. And mint has been known to suppress appetite. One study published in the Journal of Neurological and Orthopaedic Medicine found that people who sniffed peppermint every two hours lost an average of 5 pounds a month!
Stock up on the last of the summer watermelon while you can: It’s one of the very Best Fruits for Fat Loss, having been shown to improve lipid (fat) profiles and decrease the accumulation of body fat. What’s more, a Spanish study found that athletes who drank watermelon juice post-workout had less muscle soreness.
Orange Lemon Mint
Citrus fruits are classic ingredients: They’re rich in the antioxidant D-limonene, a powerful compound found in the peel that stimulates liver enzymes to help flush toxins from the body and gives sluggish bowels a kick, according to the World Health Organization. Drinking several glasses of citrusy water daily is one of the best ways to lose your belly.
Orange Pomegranate Cinnamon
Cinnamon is a great way to add some sweetness to your drink without the excess calories like other sugary additives would. Pomegranates are also a great addition for an antioxidant boost, and oranges are filled with essential vitamins and minerals to keep your body slim and healthy.
Lemon Celery Cucumber
Add celery to any water and crunch away! It has six calories per stalk and full of vitamins A, C and K, B vitamins, folate and potassium, which diminishes water retention and aids muscle recovery, so you can get back in the gym sooner and burn more calories.
Kiwi Cucumber Mint
This refreshing green spa water contains a secret superhero: Kiwi has been shown to reduce bloating and constipation and improve immunity. Cucumber is not only refreshing, it’s high in vitamins C and K, so eat the veggie once you drain your glass.
Pomegranate Strawberry Mint
Pomegranates are the stuff of ancient legend, and for good reason: The seeds have three kinds of antioxidant polyphenols, including tannins, anthocyanins, and ellagic acid, which all help fight and prevent damage to your body caused by free radicals.
This one’s a great option for detoxing after a gluttonous meal: Persimmons are rich in toxin-mopping vitamins A and C and high in, ahem, elimination-speeding fiber. They also have a small amount of manganese, which is important in the metabolism of fats and protein.
Berry Kiwi Orange
Berries are an excellent addition to your detox drinks since they’re packed with antioxidants. But that’s not the only nutritional star in this detox drink: oranges are filled with vitamin C to give you a boost of energy, and kiwis have tons of nutrients, like potassium, that are beneficial for weight loss.
Dragon fruit is not only tasty, it also contains vital antioxidants and good fatty acids to help keep your body in tip-top shape. Bonus: it also contains a hefty serving of calcium, iron, and lycopene, an inflammation-fighting antioxidant.
On top of being extremely refreshing, watermelon is one of healthiest foods on the planet. That’s because there are science-backed benefits: the University of Kentucky found that this fruit can help lower fat accumulation, and the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena in Spain showed that watermelon actually helps reduce muscle soreness so you can make your gym session last a little longer.
Lime is a soothing, cleansing veteran, but chia seeds are the hot upstarts of detox: They can stabilize blood sugar, boost weight loss, keep your hunger at bay and even help keep your body hydrated throughout the day: They expand to as much as 10 times their size when in liquid, helping you feel full and reducing your appetite!
Kiwi Lemon Pear
We all know that kiwis and limes are great to add into your detox diet, but what about pears? They’re a great choice at only 100 calories and taste refreshing, too. Make sure you eat the pears after you take them out of your water; pears are chock-full of fiber that will keep you feeling fuller, longer.
Strawberry Mint Lemon
This is a spa combo that not only tastes delicious but can also help reduce belly bloat: lemon is a natural diuretic, strawberry has antioxidants, and mint reduces appetite. Take this as a cue to experiment with flavors of your own.
This one’s a powerful bloat-fighter, thanks to fresh ginger. Used for thousands of years to ease queasy tummies and aid digestion, you’ll find mentions of ginger in Chinese medical texts from the fourth century BC! Researchers circa 2014 say ginger acts as a muscle relaxant that allows the body to more easily expel gas. You can get your ginger fix in a variety of forms, though fresh ginger is richest in gingerol—the compound that contributes to many of the spice’s health benefits.
Goji Cucumber Mint
Goji berries add more than a sweet-and-tangy taste to your water: The superfood has a slimming effect! In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, participants were either given a single dose of L. barbarum, the plant from which goji berries are harvested, or a placebo after a meal. The researchers found that one hour after the dose, the goji group was burning calories at a rate 10 percent higher than the placebo group. The effects lasted up to 4 hours!