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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

4 Drinks That Shrink Your Belly

Cool off with refreshing sips that help keep your abs flat too

Flat Belly Drink: Watermelon Smoothie
As long as they’re made without sugary mixers like sherbet, smoothies are a guilt-free way to hydrate—and watermelon is a terrific, low-cal smoothie base. Not only is it a natural hydrator because of its water content, watermelon is also loaded with nutrients, including cancer-fighting lycopene, as well as an amino acid known as arginine.

A study in the Journal of Nutrition found that arginine can decrease body fat and increase lean muscle mass, so whip up this 56-calorie metabolism booster and sip away!

Flat Belly Drink: Dark Chocolate Shake
Really? Yes, really. Chocolate—especially the dark kind—helps you slim you down because it decreases appetite and lessens food cravings overall.

However, at nearly 400 calories, this shake is more of a meal than a snack. Try it for a quick breakfast to keep your appetite tamed for hours.

Flat Belly Drink: Flavored Water
Staying hydrated is important when you’re trying to trim down. Drinking plenty of water helps your body maintain proper fluid balance, stops water retention (a big cause of bloated bellies), and even increases the feeling of fullness so you eat less overall.

But if plain water bores you, spruce it up with fresh herbs, citrus fruits, and other low-cal flavour enhancers (sliced cucumbers work well too).

Flat Belly Drink: Pineapple Frappe
This blended pineapple drink tastes like a beach holiday in a glass—and it packs in two belly-flattening ingredients. A tablespoon of flaxseed oil adds mono-unsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), proven belly flatteners, and pineapple itself contains bromelain, an enzyme that helps break down protein, ease digestion, and banish bloat.

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