Are you looking forward to the bathing suit season? Summer is just around the corner and we bet most of you are already daydreaming about laying on a beach somewhere sipping on a cocktail and, most importantly, looking your best. So we decided to put together a list of drinks for you to get in shape and deal with the rising temperatures at the same time.
Did you know that ice cold beverages can help you lose weight and get the slim shape you’ve always wanted? All you need to do is drink cold liquids and let your body warm them up and burn the unwanted calories.
There’s a catch, though: you need to be careful to stay away from juices with sugar or carbohydrates, or that may have the exact opposite results to what you’re looking for. But no worries, because we have the perfect 5 drinks for you to enjoy this summer.
With no cream or sugar, coffee has next to zero calories and can be the perfect drink to give you a boost of energy during your workout and diminish your appetite when you’re craving that last piece of chocolate cake. Try it after a full meal, but no more than one or two glasses a day. If you’re the kind of person that can’t start a day’s work without a cup of joe, blend it with ice to get refreshed as well. Switch to decaf and enjoy one in the evening, instead of going for dessert or reaching for your junk food stash.
Green tea has so many benefits, you can’t even imagine just by looking at that cup of colored water. I find there is nothing more refreshing than a glass of cold ice tea, but you’ll be loving it even more once you hear all about the upsides. It does wonders in preventing cancer and heart disease, and studies have shown that it also contains antioxidants that get rid of your belly fat. Are you already picturing yourself in that two-piece you saw the other day? Well, go ahead and buy it! Green tea is a must to have around during your workout and it’s just the right dose of caffeine you need to give yourself a kick start in those lazy summer afternoons.
Lose weight in a healthy manner! Crush those vegetables or make a fruit smoothie, add some ice over it and you have the perfect drink to start the day or to give you a boost of energy to survive a really long day at the office. Such a smoothie provides you with the fiber and nutrients your body needs in order to get rid of that extra weight. For better results on the body, get only the low sodium vegetables (such as broccoli, carrots, radish, avocado, celery or cucumber) and fruits (apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, sweet cherries, dates, figs, grapefruit, guava fruits, kiwi fruit, mangoes, nectarines, peaches, pears, strawberries, tangerines or watermelons). Yumm, yumm!
Here’s a great way to kill your appetite without starving! Yogurt is a great source of calcium and protein and it can boost your immune system. Researchers at the University of Tennessee have proven that, when adding yogurt to your diet, you can lose 61% more fat. It’s because of that calcium we talked about earlier, because it burns and limits the fat your body produces. Great news, right? Not to mention how delicious it can be. Try it with a banana and strawberry mix, frozen blueberries or pineapple juice. And, the cherry on top about yogurt based smoothies: they’re great for your skin as well!
Last, but not least, we’re going to tell you something about water. We just couldn’t leave that out: it’s the best source of hydration for your body and the best drink to help you lose those extra pounds. It boosts your metabolism and helps you get rid of all the sodium, so you can look amazing. Stick to the recommended 8 glasses a day, still or sparkling, depending on your preference. If you’re one of the people that think that water is too boring, we recommend you spice it up with some lemon slices, lime, cucumber or strawberries, for a bit of flavor.
Are you already fantasizing about this summer and the drinks that will quench your thirst, and work wonders? Don’t forget to keep a healthy diet and exercise so that your limitless mind will finally be able to fit a healthy rockin’ body. Wishing you a refreshing, fit and amazing summer! Drinks are on us! (figuratively speaking)