It’s age-old advice: drink lots of water. But did you know that drinking enough water can raise your metabolism, curb hunger, and accelerate your weight loss? These infused water recipes water are indeed one of the simplest, cheapest and most powerful weight loss tools you can employ.
Several studies have shown that among people on weight loss plans, those who drink plenty of water usually lose more weight than those who do not.
However, most people have a problem getting enough water because, well, it’s boring. When we are bombarded with energy drinks, soda, and sports drinks, water can look pretty plain and even unappealing.
To address this issue and help you utilize the most effective tool in your weight loss plan, here are some delicious, and healthy infused water recipes. Some of these ingredients also help you shed those pounds!
1. Apple Cinnamon Infused Water Recipe
- 1 apple (Can be anything, but the best are Granny Smith or Fuji)
- 1 cinnamon stick
Juice your apple. Place the juice in an 8-cup pitcher. Stir, then place your cinnamon stick in the water. Chill for at least 1 hour before drinking.
2. Cucumber Lemon Infused Water Recipe
- 1 medium-sized cucumber
- 1 lemon
Juice the lemon and cucumber. Mix with 6-8 cups of water. You can drink this minutes after making, (which is best since lemon looses much of its power within 15 minutes) or store it in the fridge for days!
3. Strawberry Ginger Infused Water Recipe
- 16 strawberries
- 1 inch chunk of ginger
Juice the strawberry and ginger. Mix with 6-8 cups of water. You can drink this minutes after making, or store it in the fridge for days!
4. Pineapple Coconut Infused Water Recipe
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 2 cups coconut water
Juice the pineapple until you get about 1 cup of juice. Mix pineapple juice and coconut water with about 6 cups of water. You can also forego regular water altogether and just add 1 cup of pineapple juice for every two cups of coconut water.
*This hydrates and replaces electrolytes – great for an after-workout recovery drink.
5. Raspberry, Lime, & Mint Infused Water Recipe
- 10 – 12 raspberries
- 2 tablespoons mint leaves
- 1 lime
Juice the raspberries, mint, and lime. Mix the juice with 8 cups of water. You can also use sparkling water for a more bubbly drink.
The ingredients explained:
Apple – Apple can aid in digestion and regulate bowel movements, an overlooked but essential component of weight loss.
Cinnamon – This versatile spice can improve your sensitivity to insulin, regulating your blood sugar and curbing those cravings and crashes!
Cucumber – Cucumbers are rich in multiple B vitamins, which provide energy and mitigate some of the damaging effects of stress (a huge enemy in any weight loss plan.)
Lemon – Lemon is often used as a blood purifier, helps regulate blood pressure, and wards off dietary issues like heartburn and indigestion.
Strawberry – This superfood can help boost your immunity, which can be in flux when you first start a rigorous weight loss plan. Strawberries are also high in antioxidants and reduce inflammation (great for the increase in your daily activity!)
Ginger – Ginger is one of the best superfoods for your daily health, let alone any weight loss plan. It reduces inflammation, eases digestion issues, and boosts circulation and your immune system.
Pineapple – Pineapple can help regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels, support heart health, and increase your cell absorption of water.
Coconut Water – Rich in vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes, this amazing drink will replace (and outperform) most sports drinks. It is also much lower in sugar and fat, so you are able to consume more of it without adverse weight gain. Use it after a workout for a great recovery drink!
Raspberry – Raspberries are another great detox and digestion ingredient, with more research coming out that shows the possible metabolism-boosting properties of raspberry ketone.
Mint – This herb is one of the best ingredients for curbing appetite and cravings. Got a sweet tooth? Try chewing on some mint leaves or making some iced mint tea. Bonus: your breath will be fresh all day!
Lime – Lime is yet another ingredient that helps digestion, by helping your body break down and absorb the macro-nutrients in your food. It is also a recognized “diabetes superfood” and helps regulate blood sugar, and the citric acid is an excellent fat burner.
By combining fresh ingredients and juices to your water, you can make it delicious for a fraction of the cost of those sugary, over-preserved drinks, boost your health, and lose weight faster. What a great way to start off the summer!