More and more people are using detox drinks to lose weight even though there is a lot of controversy around their use. I think this is mainly because there is confusion about how to use them.
Most dietitians opposing the use of detox drinks to lose weight argue that you shouldn’t go on a liquid fast for a long period of time because your body needs sustenance for optimal functioning and if you are not getting the nutritional elements your body needs, your health will suffer. Not good.
However, these same professionals will agree that if you supplement your diet with detox drinks there is nothing to worry about. In fact, if you use detox drinks as a weight loss supplement there are many health benefits!
My little sinful secret is that I use them not only as supplements, but also as a quick, metabolism-boosting three-day fast before starting a balanced diet to lose weight. I need to see a fast drop in my weight to keep my motivation up. Even though my logical brain understands that most of this first loss is just water, my emotional brain revels in it and can thus more easily visualize the fat coming off. It is this process of visualizing and feeling the results that I pursue with my initial fast.
Why Do Detox Drinks Help You Lose Weight?
If you are careful in selecting the right ingredients, your detox drink will support your weight loss efforts in a major way. Take for example cumin. Research proves that if you add just one teaspoon of cumin powder to your daily detox drink, you will lose 7 pounds within 3 months without dieting at all!
The reason detox drinks are so helpful in your weight loss efforts is because you are using nature’s miracle nutrients with laser sharp focus to attack fat cells stored in your body. You might not normally consume these ingredients in the amounts required in your diet. Even if you could commit to drinking chamomile tea every day, how often can you reasonably use artichoke leaves in your cooking? And honestly with everything else you have to think about on a daily basis, is it even feasible to add this to your list? Use detox drinks though and you don’t have to!
Again the idea is NOT to starve yourself and fast on liquids for a few months. Sure you’ll be thinner, but you will also be weaker, grumpier and suffer from hunger headaches. These are not side effects you want, nor have time for. You want to feel stronger, not just skinnier.
Detox Drink To Lose Weight
The following detox drink recipe targets weights loss and will help you lose weight faster and more effectively. It is also made from natural ingredients so you know what you are putting into your body. Avoid buying off-the-shelf weight loss supplements since those are not regulated and are full of chemicals that are very harmful.
Remember, you do not have to change your calorie intake or diet in any way to see results. As long as you don’t increase the amount of calories you are currently consuming, you will lose weight simply by adding this drink to your daily diet. You will also not have to worry about how to afford your new weight loss supplement. The ingredients required are conveniently located in all grocery stores and are cheap. It doesn’t get any easier than this!
1 tsp Cumin
2 tsps Ginger
1 tsp Dandelion
½ tsp Green tea
½ tsp Saffron
1 tbsp Rosemary
2 tbsp Chamomile
8 Strawberries (fresh or frozen)
2 tbsp Lemon juice
Boil ½ an artichoke and use the boiling artichoke water as the basis for your tea. Then add all ingredients except for the strawberries and lemon juice. Let the tea mixture steep for 10 minutes. Blend 8 strawberries. Strain the tea mixture, add strawberry and lemon juice. Drink warm.
Enjoy this detox drink before lunch and dinner every day and watch the pounds come off!
You will reach your ideal weight in thirty days.
How Do These Detox Drink Ingredients Help You Lose Weight?
Cumin will shed those pounds fast. Ginger suppresses your appetite and boosts your metabolism by raising your body temperature. Lemon juice helps eliminate waste from your body and fights bloating. Dandelion eliminates water retention and makes you urinate more frequently for five hours after consumption. Green tea reduces body fat. Artichokes help detox your body from harmful toxins by improving your digestive system and make it less likely for your body to store new fat. Saffron is the key to avoiding emotional or binge eating. Rosemary prevents absorption of fats. Chamomile stimulates the production of gastric juices and promotes weight loss. Strawberries promote the production of fat burning hormones and boost your metabolism. They are also naturally sweet so you won’t have to use added sweeteners in your drink – let’s face it, even honey has calories. Win-win!
What Other Health Benefits Will You Get From These Ingredients?
Cumin has anti-diabetic properties and is a good source of minerals like iron, copper, zinc and manganese and B-complex vitamins such thiamine, niacin, riboflavin and antioxidant vitamins like A, E and C. Ginger reduces cholesterol and is famous for its antioxidant properties. It also lowers cholesterol, regulates blood sugar and is helpful in fighting nausea. It alleviates cold symptoms, stomach pain and headaches. And most importantly, the anti-carcinogenic potential of ginger is well-documented and it can prevent various cancers. Lemon juice is famous for its anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-microbial and anti-allergy properties. Dandelion reduces cholesterol, decreases inflammation and prevents tumors. The Artichoke regulates blood sugar and reduces cholesterol. Saffron fights cancer, enhances memory and learning, and serves as an antidepressant. Rosemary improves the respiratory system and protects you from cancer. Chamomile also protects against diabetes and helps you sleep better. Strawberries improve liver function and boost your immune system, while green tea protects you from heart disease.
As you can see using detox drinks to lose weight is the healthy choice!
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