What if I told you that the most potent weight-loss elixir on the planet was totally free? You'd probably assume I was crazy or lying to you. But that’s far from the case. You already know that drinking water is vital to your health, but you may not realize the impact it has on your midsection. Yes, that’s right, good ol' H20 can rev your metabolism and help you 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. A second study published in the journal Obesity found that people who sipped 16 ounces of water before a meal consumed 75 to 90 fewer calories than those who didn'tl.
That’s not a ton of water. But it may feel like it is if you’re not partial to the taste. The solution: detox water. Water additions like fruit, veggies, and herbs enhance the flavor of Mother Nature’s drink. They also provide serious slimming and health-boosting benefits. Read on to discover how top celebs flavor their H20. Their delicious waist-whittling ideas may just inspire some of your own unique combos! And if you’re looking for even more delicious ways to get the body you’ve been working for, don’t miss these 55 Best-Ever Ways to Boost Your Metabolism.
Supermodel Heidi Klum is a fan of adding melon or cucumber to her daily H20. If you’re feeling really crazy, add both to the same glass for double the flavor. We also love the idea of mixing mint with cantaloupe.
Jillian Michaels, the former trainer from The Biggest Loser, suggests making detox water with a splash of cranberry juice, fresh lemon juice and organic dandelion root tea ($8 on Vitacost.com). The combination may seem odd, but it’s definitely worth a try. “Dandelion tea may help cleanse the liver, promote healthy digestion and encourage detoxification in the whole body. Some believe it also promotes weight loss,” says Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN.
Beyoncé & Jared Leto
What do Beyoncé and Jared Leto have in common, aside from the fact that they both have gorgeous hair? Both celebs have tried the master cleanse to trim down. The diet requires followers to give up solids and sip water mixed with lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper six times a day. We don’t advise giving up actual food in favor of the elixir, but the drink isn’t half-bad if you’re sipping it in place of things like soda and sugary juice. Just take it easy when you add the maple syrup.
Thanks to a new diet and exercise routine, reality star Khloé Kardashian has shed about 40 pounds in the past year! The best part: she’s been chronicling her snacks and workouts on Instagram. Which means her weight-loss tips are for the taking—including her go-to detox water recipe. To make a pitcher yourself, combine 12 cups of filtered water with organic cucumber and lemon slices and organic mint leaves until the flavors are well infused. For even more ways to trim down like the Kardashian clan, don’t miss these 25 Kardashian Weight Loss Secrets.
When GetTheGloss.com asked Victoria's Secret model Lily Aldridge about her beauty routine, she said that she drinks water "all the time," but adds cucumber or lemon slices to her glass to amp up the flavor. D-limonene, an antioxidant in lemon peel, also helps give sluggish bowels a kick, which can help flush fat from the body and keep the tummy looking toned and tight. For even more foods that can help you look and feel lighter, don’t miss these 40 Best-Ever Fat-Burning Foods.
Twenty-three-year-old country singer Kelsea Ballerini says that in the days leading up to a red-carpet event she adds apple cider vinegar and lemon to her water to help ward off bloat. Although we can’t vouch for the flavor, both lemon peel and ACV have been shown to help battle bloat. Not only that, research published in the journal Bioscience, Biotechnology, Biochemistry found that a small pool of study participants given apple cider vinegar over a 12-week period lost more weight, body fat and inches from their middle than participants that were given a placebo. Although the results weren't particularly dramatic (they only lost about a pound), the participants weren't given an exercise or diet regimen to follow, which would have helped them shed some additional weight.
This reality star turned author/fashion designer recently shared lots of delicious detox water ideas on her blog. Three of our favorite combos: orange with lemon and lime; lemon with raspberry and mint; and blackberry with cherry and lime.
Before sipping her morning protein shake (made with coconut milk, rice protein powder, raw cacao and spirulina), Australian model Miranda Kerr downs a soothing cup of warm water and lemon.
Jennifer Lawrence's trainer, Dalton Wong, encourages the slim and fit star to add salt to her water. But this isn’t something everyone should try. “The idea is that this would increase her electrolyte consumption,” dietitian Melanie McGrice said in an interview. “It’s essentially like having a homemade sports drink. Most people don’t need more salt in their diet, so I wouldn’t recommend it unless someone is doing large amounts of physical activity and sweating a lot.” Replace lost fluids and electrolytes with these 6 Foods More Hydrating Than Gatorade.