Here are 20 powerful fat burning drinks to help you lose weight fast at home. People who want to lose weight are quick to ask about the best fat burning foods but rarely do they ask about the importance of hydration and beverages in weight loss.
So: how important are ‘fat burning drinks’ when it comes to losing weight? The answer: VERY! Our body is made of 60-70% water and even a fluid loss of 1% can hamper one’s ability to work out and train. We do not even feel thirsty until we have lost about 2% of our body fluids and by this point, one could lose their physical performance and even the normal metabolic rate.
20 Powerful Fat Burning Drinks to Help You Lose Weight Fast
According to author Mark Ukra of The Tea Diet, you can burn fat and lose the kilograms fast with any kind of tea. I will be talking about Green, Kombucha and Matcha teas later and we all know how powerful all these fat loss drinks are as far as weight loss is concerned.
Both regular and decaffeinated teas are very rich in flavonoids. These compounds affect early each and every cell of our body to improve health outcomes. You can consume any tea you like: green, black or white and oolong.
Additionally, the catechins in tea provide modest shifts in metabolism to promote weight loss and weight maintenance. In a 12 week Japanese study, the catechins in tea led to a reduction in cholesterol and body fat. The authors of the study concluded that green and black tea catechins were responsible for weight loss. You can drink tea hot or cold.
2. Black Coffee
Any weight loss formulas and supplements available commercially contain caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant, so it enhances fat metabolism and encourages weight loss. The main factor why coffee can be included in our list of fat best fat burning drinks is that caffeine is a diuretic.
This results in water loss which could explain the weight loss with caffeine. However, one needs to be very careful when using coffee as a fat burning detox drink. This is because; caffeine has many adverse effects like accelerated heart rate and elevated cortisol levels. This could lead to appetite stimulation.
So, instead of regular black coffee, I recommend Green Coffee. Green coffee beans contain several compounds which are destroyed in the regular black coffee beans during the roasting process.
3. Green Tea
The EpiGalloCatechin Gallate (EGCG) catechins in Green tea are thermogenic which means they bring about energy expenditure and calorie burning. Green tea works better for weight loss than many weight loss pills available in the market. Every cup of this wonderful fat burning drink enables your body to boost its metabolism and burn fat.
A study was conducted on the fat burning properties of green tea on moderately obese individuals. At the end of it, scientists concluded that 60 mg of green tea extracts taken over a period of 3 months brought 4.6% reduction in body weight and participants also noticed that their waists were smaller by 4.48%.
Green tea works in the following ways for weight reduction:
- It curbs appetite by triggering the neurotransmitter Norepinephrine to establish the feeling of satiety.
- Green tea also lessens fat digestion and extracts of green tea containing 25% catechins reduce the gastric lipase breakdown of fats by 96%.
4. Matcha Green Tea
Matcha is a special, ground green tea made in Japan. It is now being included in the list of superfoods from all around the world. Health experts place matcha as high up in the list of superfoods as acai berry, pomegranates, walnuts, dark leafy greens and others in the category.
In fact; if statistics are to be believed, matcha tea has 10 times the nutrients as found in the superfoods listed above.
Matcha tea has 140x the EpiGalloCatechin Gallate (EGCG) catechins as regular green tea.
The polysaccharides in Matcha stabilize blood sugar to prevent insulin spikes. Thus, it can be used to manage diabetes and also curb appetite.
People who drink 2-3 cups of Matcha report having fewer hunger pangs which result in fat burning and weight loss. You can use Matcha green tea in numerous ways as a fat burning drink.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Water
Apple cider vinegar has been used since centuries to aid in liver detox. It helps in digesting fatty and greasy food and also alkalizes the body. Organic apple cider vinegar balances the ph of the body and helps the breakdown of proteins, fats, and minerals. Once these foods breakdown, the body is better able to assimilate the nutrients from them.
The mechanism why apple cider vinegar helps weight loss is unclear but many experts believe that it enhances the natural metabolism and that helps the body burn more fat. It is no wonder that this fat burning drink has withstood the test of time and has helped countless people achieve their ideal weight.
6. Lemon Water
The high pectin content of lemons balances the blood sugar, boosts metabolisms and burns fat. This is why many people drink lemon juice mixed with warm water and honey first thing upon waking up.
Lemon juice gently jump starts the digestion and encourages bowel movement. It can aid in reducing constipation and detoxifies the body. The acidic lemon juice surprisingly alkalizes the body to prevent inflammation. Drinking lemon water every day is really good for your health.
Here is a wonderful post-meal fat burning homemade detox drink recipe
- 1 glass of cool fresh water
- Juice of half a lemon
- Sugar/honey to taste
- A pinch of salt
- Dash of pepper
- A handful of crushed mint leaves
- A teaspoonful of crushed fennel seeds
- Enjoy the drink after mixing all ingredients.
Drinking tons of water can actually help you lose weight. A study was conducted on obese women and it was noted that those who drank more water were also more successful in weight loss combined with a healthy diet and exercise as well.
Water helps you stay fuller so you consume fewer calories. It also helps you flush out toxins and speeds up metabolism. I would not recommend anything as extreme as the water diet where you only drink 2-3 liters of water per day and not eat anything.
Instead, I recommend eating low carb, moderate protein diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables with lean meat.
Do not eat bread, pasta, or sugary foods. Start each meal with 1-2 glasses of water. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and sugary drinks. Choose only water or fruit infused detox waters. Cut your salt intake. Do such water detox for 2-3 days to flush out all toxic waste and kick start sluggish metabolism.
8. Cinnamon and Honey Lemon Drink
Cinnamon is a powerful antioxidant that regulates sugar levels and prevents insulin spikes in the blood. It is believed to aid weight loss. Honey and lemon especially raw, organic honey with warm water and lemon juice are also known to boost weight loss by preventing fat accumulation.
Drink the following cinnamon, honey and lemon juice drink daily on empty stomach to prevent weight gain:
- ½ tsp powdered organic cinnamon
- 1 tsp organic raw unprocessed honey
- A glass of warm water
- Juice of half a lemon
Mix all the above ingredients. Drink in between meals, during and after a workout, before breakfast on an empty stomach and at bedtime.
9. Detox Teas
Detox tea or tea tox is a wonderful and delicious way to slim down. Good quality detox tea contains herbs and natural ingredients like Goji berries, Japanese sencha tea, nettle, dandelion and other herbs that are proven to be natural detox and weight loss aiding ingredients.
Look for following ingredients in your tea tox or slimming detox teas: lemongrass, mate leaves, birch leaves, ginger root, horsetail, goldenrod, lemon balm leaves, rooibos, hibiscus flowers, yarrow, peppermint leaves, elderflower etc.
These herbs reactivate slow metabolism, flush out toxic waste, burn fat, lower hunger pangs, increase energy levels, stimulate healthy digestion, reduce bloating and also promote a healthy complexion. I have written on detox teas here.
10. Vegetable Juices
There are many ways to lose weight and what works for one may or may not work for another. Juicing is a popular way to get skinny and more and more celebs are promoting green juices for maintaining their weight for the red carpet.
Vegetable juices are a delicious and healthy way to weight loss as it does not sacrifice nutrition and you get tons of benefits from them. Fresh juices provide the body with all the vitamins and minerals in a convenient way. Veggies are loaded with fiber, so a glass full of juice will keep you full for hours.
Vegetable juices containing green leafy vegetables, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber etc help reduce hunger pangs. Juices with celery and cucumbers are ideal diuretics which flush out the water retained due to years of junk food consumption.
You can always enhance your vegetable juices with spices like ginger, cinnamon, garlic and cayenne peppers which are powerful antioxidants and fat burners. Do experiment with carrots, red and green apples, assorted berries, parsley, coriander or cilantro, watercress, alfalfa, sprouts etc in your vegetable juices to get complete nutrition.
Drinking fresh homemade vegetable juices is one of the best ways to lose weight naturally.
11. Ginger Tea
Ginger root aids in digestion and speeds up metabolism. It contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory gingerol resins that create a favorable environment for weight loss. Ginger tea is readily available in the form of tea bags but you can easily make it at home. Here is a wonderful fat burning recipe:
- 8 oz of water
- ½ an inch of fresh ginger root peeled and grated.
- You can also use ginger root powder (1/4 to ½ tsp)
Boil the water and add ginger to it. Turn off the heat, cover and let it steep for 3-5 minutes. Strain the mixture. Add honey and lemon juice or drink it as is. You can sip on this tea throughout the day to prevent snacking.
12. Carrot Juice with Celery and Ginger
Carrots and celery are both low in fats and calories. Both are also rich in vitamins which break down glucose to boost metabolism. Ginger is anti-inflammatory and aids in digestion.
Here is a simple recipe which you can drink prior to meals to curb appetite and lose weight in the process.
- 4 large carrots
- ½ an inch of ginger root, peeled and grated
- ½ lemon
- 1 tsp honey
- 1-2 stalks of celery cleaned and cubed
Juice all of the above. You can add a bit of water to it. It is best to keep the pulp intact and drink it as well; this will give you tons of fiber to prevent constipation.
13. Dandelion Tea
Because of its diuretic effects, dandelion is an important herb in detox teas. Dandelion greens are a wonderful addition to salads and they help curb appetite. Tests conducted on lab rats have shown dandelion to be even more effective than other weight loss herbs like equisetum and juniper berry for weight loss.
This wonderful herb lowers bad cholesterol, stabilizes blood sugar levels, promotes digestion and intestinal health, promotes liver detoxification, and alleviates bloating. Dandelion tea is readily available in the market but you can also make it at home using dandelion roots.
Here is a simple recipe:
- 2 tbsp dandelion roots
- 1.5 liters of water
Simmer the roots in water until the quantity is reduced to half (about 20 minutes). Strain and enjoy with some honey or lemon juice. This recipe yields 4 cups.
14. Mint and Citrus Infused Water
Like lemon water, mint water is a wonderful and refreshing drink. It is a zero-calorie, zero-carb alternative to plain water. If you are like thousands of people who hate drinking water, then this wonderful drink can come in handy. Citrusy fruits like lemon are rich in vitamin C and phytonutrients.
The use of mint or peppermint as a medicinal herb dates back to the early 79 AD when Greeks and Romans used it for flavoring wines and dishes as well as for curing minor ailments. Spearmint and Peppermint leaves, as well as essential oils, are used for detox, infertility, soothing digestive issues, alleviating headaches and colds, for dandruff and hair loss and literally thousands of ailments.
Even sniffing peppermint oil can curb appetite and prevent binge eating. Here is a wonderful recipe:
- 2 fresh lemons or limes, slices
- 4-5 fresh mint leaves crushed lightly
- 24 ounces of fresh, cool water
In a mason jar, combine all ingredients. Place the jar in the refrigerator for 5-7 hours. Enjoy chilled!
15. Ginger Lime Fat Burning Water
Looking for fat loss drinks at home? This is an easy fat burning drinks recipe that is simple and effective. Ginger, as stated above, is anti-inflammatory and digestive aid that can prevent nausea, vomiting, belching and gas.
Animal studies have also proven Ginger’s weight reducing and anti-obesity properties. A study in Iran showed that tests subjects who ate 2 grams of Ginger powder per day for 12 weeks had significant appetite suppression. This test also resulted in a significant reduction in waist and hip circumferences in obese women.
The theory behind ginger’s powerful weight loss is the activation of Brown Adipose Tissue that increases calorie expenditure and increases metabolic rate.
Here is a wonderful fat burning drink recipe:
- 12 oz glass of water at room temperature
- Juice of 1 lime
- ½ inch ginger root
Grate the ginger using a fine grater and add that with the lime juice to the glass of water. Sip this fat burning drink recipe 3-4 times a day before or after meals.
16. Turmeric Tonic
Turmeric is a popular spice in Indian cooking. It is rich in antioxidant curcumin and has a long-standing history of medicinal usage through the centuries. One of the main causes of excess weight gain is stress and inflammation.
Turmeric helps fight both and as a result, is one of the most important ingredients for weight loss. Curcumin in turmeric induces the expression of adiponectin fat burning hormone and regular intake of this herb can even prevent the adverse effects of obesity.
- 2 cups of coconut water
- Half an inch of dried turmeric root or 1 tsp organic turmeric powder
- ½ inch fresh grated ginger
- 1 tsp organic raw honey
- Juice of 1 lemon or lime
Mix all ingredients and strain the liquid to remove the dried ginger root pieces. Drink before mealtimes to burn fat and suppress appetite.
17. Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea
I love hot beverages on cold afternoons so this warm tea is one of favorite hot fat burning drink recipes when I am looking for an afternoon pick-me-up.
- 2 cups of water, boiled.
- 1 tsp each freshly grated Ginger root and freshly grated turmeric root or you can use ½ tsp of their organic powders.
- Juice of ½ lemon/lime
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp raw organic Manuka honey (or use local organic honey. Manuka honey is much more medicinal than regular honey).
Boil the water and add all other ingredients except for honey and lemon juice. Remove from heat and steep the tea for 3-5 minutes covered. You can strain the mixture if you are using the roots. Add the honey and lime juice. Enjoy hot!
18. Red Wine
Red wine is becomingly increasingly popular for its numerous health benefits thanks to its high anthocyanin/polyphenol content. The best one among these is resveratrol and a vast number of studies have demonstrated its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Resveratrol has also been shown to “brown” the white adipose tissue and its thermogenic (fat burning properties) in humans are being studied today. It must be noted that drinking wine in excess can actually trigger the formation of pro-inflammatory molecules.
Therefore, men may drink up to 2 glasses a day of red wine while women must limit intake to 1 glass per day.
Kefir is a probiotic, fermented drink made from cow or goat’s milk (for vegans, there is also coconut or soy Kefir).
A study has been published on Kefir‘s fat burning properties in the Journal of Nutrition in Europe. This study was conducted by Iranian researchers who wanted to ascertain the weight loss effects of this wonderful fermented drink.
The study involved obese women who were all placed on the same diet for 8 weeks. One group was additionally given Kefir daily.
By the end of 8 weeks, the group drinking kefir lost a significant amount of weight from their waist compared to the control group. Kefir is readily available in the market. You can also make your own but you will need its starter culture.
20. Kombucha Tea
Kombucha is fermented black tea which is rich in B vitamins, enzymes, amino acids. A study was conducted on obese rats divided into two groups. One group was given a normal diet with kombucha extracts while the other group was given a placebo.
The group on Kombucha tea showed protective effects against weight gain as well as a reduction in triglycerides. Kombucha drinks also enhance energy, memory, and concentration. They are readily available in the market or you can make your own provided you have the starter culture.
Buttermilk per se will not make you lose weight but it can be used as a part of your healthy diet to shed those extra kilos. This cooling refreshing drink is often prescribed by Ayurveda specialists for obesity.
Buttermilk makes for a delicious alternative to snacking and increases the water content in the body. It is an ideal drink for hot summer days. Buttermilk is rich in calcium, protein, magnesium, and vitamins and is also calorie-dense.
Drinking a single glass before meals can help you eat less which can contribute to weight loss. You can use buttermilk in place of yogurt to make delicious healthy smoothies.
Here is a delicious buttermilk recipe:
- 1 glass of buttermilk chilled
- 1/2 tsp honey/stevia (optional)
- A pinch of salt and pepper
- Crushed mint leaves and cilantro leaves
- A pinch of crushed cumin seed powder (optional)
¼ tsp ginger powder
Mix all the ingredients and blend until frothy. Enjoy chilled with ice cubes.
22. Protein Drinks/ Shakes and Smoothies
Protein is one of the main ingredients for promoting weight loss, improving satiety, enhancing overall performance and bringing about appetite control. Protein drinks and smoothies are the best fat loss drinks which:
Accelerate fat loss and spare lean body mass when combined with exercise and overall healthy diet Contribute to long term weight management, Boost metabolic rate, Increase satiety and improve appetite control.
Here is a wonderful breakfast protein shake recipe:
- 2-3 scoops of chocolate flavored protein supplement powder
- 1 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk
- A tbsp of coconut oil
- 1 cup of baby spinach
- 1 tsp almond extract
- Stevia to taste – optional
- Ice cubes
Blend all ingredients. Enjoy fresh!
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