The lower belly paunch, which has become an epidemic of sorts plaguing this internet-savvy generations is caused by a myriad of reasons ranging from physiological to genetics to poor posture and lack of physical activity. With the increasing number of hours, spent crouched in front of a computer or stuck in transit and not to mention the traffic jams, residents of the urban areas are more prone to develop a pot-bellied structure as their work banks on them not moving an inch. Not only does this pose a significant threat to your health but your self-confidence also takes a beating. That sexy dress which you have been planning to wear to your friend’s bachelor or bachelorette party no longer fits you; isn’t it every one’s worst nightmare? Don’t fret; we have some refreshing drinks that are going to help you do away with the nagging fat around your tummy. These drinks which are a treat for the taste buds are the best way to begin your mornings (you can use them throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated) and abstain from junk food intake for the best results.
1. Honey Lemon Ginger Tea
This magical concoction has all the right ingredients you need to start your mornings with. The ginger subdues the cravings for carbs by normalizing the blood sugar levels and the lemon aids the liver in better digestion of the fats. The unprocessed sugars in honey act as supplement of natural energy and thus this drink serves as the best way to kick start your day. Just follow the simple recipe provided here to conjure this beneficial liquid refreshment.
2. Organic Apple Carrot Ginger
This super ‘no belly juice’ made from fiber rich apples and carrots keeps you hydrated which is one of the most essential factors leading to weight loss. The hot spicy flavor emanated by ginger is rightly balanced by the apple and carrot juices and can be prepared in a jiffy. Though for a glass full of juice three apples, 2 carrots and a piece of ginger suffices you can even experiment with the quantity of each ingredient to be added into this health potion. Drink your way to a flat belly using this simple recipe.
3. Matcha Mango Pineapple Smoothie
Matcha which is a much preferred green tea from Japan is being hailed as the next superfood for weight loss. With its delectable taste and qualities that boost metabolism, this tea when combined with bromelain rich pineapple and Vitamin C enriched mangoes, help in digestion and lowering the low density lipoprotein in the body, resulting in an energizing and detoxifying drink. Blend in fresh mangoes and pineapples with a tiny scoop of the magical Matcha to prepare your anti-dote to that annoying belly fat. Here’s your gateway to the perfectly flat abs.
4. Iced Peppermint Tea
Peppermint, which was initially cultivated in Europe and Middle East, is a hybrid created from two other mint species, the watermint and spearmint. The herb is useful in weight loss as it helps in quick digestion of the fats thus preventing their accumulation. Ward off the calories garnered from a rich snack with this concoction. Loaded with a generous amount of ice, peppermint tea can also be befitting refreshment for hot sunny days.
5. Banana Coconut Maca Cacao Ginseng Smoothie
The health benefits of cacao (from which cocoa used in chocolates is derived), maca (a root from the radish family) and ginseng leaf, all put together in one drink, creates the perfect elixir to a flat tummy. A teaspoon of cacao which is rich in ant-oxidants is mixed with one-fourth teaspoon of maca and ginseng and blended together with banana and grated coconut (or coconut water) to prepare this miraculous libation. Find the entire recipe and more here.
6. Watermelon Base Smoothie
The lycopene rich watermelon is one’s go to fruit for effective weight loss. Not only does it keep one hydrated, it helps in flushing out the toxins from the body. Give this unassuming fruit a tasty twist by including in it your choice of smoothies. Avoid the use of sugar or any artificial sweeteners if your goal is to achieve that chiseled tummy.
7. Dark Chocolate Shake
Contrary to popular belief, chocolate especially the dark variety can aid in burning those fats. Indulge in sinful pleasure by using dark chocolate as the main ingredient for your power drink. A word of caution for the weight watchers though, the dark chocolate shake can comprise of as many as 400-calories or more. So you would want to use it as a replacement for a full-fledged breakfast. Dish up this power house concoction using the recipe given here.
8. Grapefruit Juice
Tried everything to get rid of the flab around your stomach with little or no results? Maybe it is time to change tactics. According to scientific studies consuming grapefruit juice before meals boosts metabolism and causes a rise in rate of weight loss in comparison to those who consume water before the meals. So include fresh grapefruit juice into your diet along with sprouts and greens for reducing that pot-belly.
9. Pineapple Frappe
Pineapple is a tropical fruit rich in the protein digesting compound bromelain in addition to fat burning components. Bromelain is the magical ingredient in this tropical delicacy which prevents bloating. Devour it as such or make a nourishing frappe with it, to burn those excess fats sitting around your mid-section. Find the full recipe here.
10. Sassy Water / Detox water
The liver is the organ which helps in digesting fats and also in detoxifying the body, so why not make its task a little easier by making this magical infusion using everyday ingredients. Not only does Sassy Water cleanse your system, but is also highly refreshing and thus is a perfect drink to have after a workout session. Kick-start your belly-shrinking regime every morning with this concoction, which you can prepare well in advance and also have it throughout the day. Find the recipe for this power-booster drink here.