Women's Health (South Africa) - - BEST BODY -

Drinks alone aren’t go­ing to get you to your weight-loss goals and if you aren’t up for swal­low­ing some acid, try adding the fol­low­ing to your hy­dra­tion ro­ta­tion. They can def­i­nitely help up your weight-loss po­ten­tial


Sure, wa­ter may be kinda meh, but it re­ally is your best bet, says di­eti­cian Jes­sica Cord­ing. At a very ba­sic level, your cells need wa­ter to do their job – and be­ing well hy­drated can help your body work more ef­fi­ciently. Other weight-loss ben­e­fits of wa­ter: it helps ex­pand the fi­bre you eat to make you feel full. It takes up vol­ume in your stom­ach and makes you feel more sa­ti­ated with­out adding ex­tra kilo­joules. Since it’s easy to mis­take thirst cues for hunger, drink­ing enough H2O helps en­sure that you’re not eat­ing when you’re not ac­tu­ally that hun­gry.


Drink­ing a daily cup of cof­fee or two alone isn’t mag­i­cally go­ing to make you drop a few sizes, but it might help a lit­tle. The caf­feine in cof­fee in­creases your body’s en­ergy use, even when you’re sit­ting on your bum, so you end up burn­ing more kilo­joules af­ter drink­ing it, the Mayo Clinic points out. The caf­feine may also help you feel less hun­gry, low­er­ing the odds you’ll overeat, the or­gan­i­sa­tion says. That doesn’t mean you should take up a cof­fee habit if you don’t al­ready have one. “It’s a mild stim­u­lant and too much can cause jit­ters and heart pal­pi­ta­tions,” Cord­ing points out. You want to hit that sweet spot (which trans­lates to about four 240ml cups of cof­fee) to see results.


Some celebri­ties swear by lemon wa­ter and there’s some­thing to it, Cord­ing says. Not only does it pri­mar­ily con­sist of wa­ter, but the lemon can help get your di­ges­tion mov­ing and, well, help you poo, she says. It’s part of why cit­rus can help you de-bloat, she ex­plains.

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