Both diet and daily physical activity play a vital role in your weight loss regime. It is essential to make minor moderations in your lifestyle to lose weight successfully, which includes having drinks on an empty stomach. Drinks that aid detoxing, can be very effective in an individual's weight loss journey. They help in promoting the digestion process and flushing out toxins from your body. If consumed on an empty stomach, drinks such as lemon water can keep you hydrated and help you lose weight. OnlyMyHealth editorial team spoke to Dr. Anjali Phatak, Director Nutripulse and Senior Clinical Nutritionist, Nutripulse, Jaipur, to know about the drinks to have on an empty stomach for weight loss.
Empty stomach drinks for weight loss
According to Dr. Phatak, here is a list of six drinks to have on an empty stomach for weight loss:
1. Apple cider vinegar
According to a study, published in the National Library Of Medicine, vinegar intake reduces body weight, body fat mass, and serum triglyceride levels in obese people. Most experts suggest that apple cider vinegar should be consumed on an empty stomach to lose weight effectively. Dr. Anjali said, "The quantity of apple cider vinegar matters a lot when it comes to weight loss. You can add 5ml-10ml ACV in 200ml water. Have it first thing in the morning to reduce belly fat." However, if you have gastric issues, consult a doctor before consuming acid on an empty stomach.
2. Methi seeds water
Fenugreek or methi seed-soaked water can contribute significantly towards weight loss. Saponins and fibre are present in rich amounts in fenugreek seeds and are responsible for most of its potential health benefits. To consume methi seeds water for weight loss, soak these seeds overnight and drink the drained water early in the morning on an empty stomach. You can add half a teaspoon of honey to enrich the flavour and taste.
3. Jeera and saunf water
Jeera is an extremely beneficial Indian spice, which works well in boosting the metabolism. In addition, it secretes enzymes that aid with digestion as well as weight loss. On the other hand, saunf fennel seeds help in better absorption of nutrients from food, thus less hunger cravings and weight loss. You can soak both jeera and saunf in water overnight and drink the water in the morning on an empty stomach after draining the seeds.
4. Triphala water
Triphala is a great herbal remedy that is made up of Haritaki, Bibhitaki, and Amla. It is used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine to protect you from certain diseases and treat many symptoms, including constipation and inflammation. Triphala is loaded with antioxidants. According to a study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, antioxidants can improve fat burning and boost metabolism by helping flush out toxins produced by your fat cells. Put two teaspoons of Triphala powder in a glass of water overnight. Then, drink the concoction first thing in the morning on an empty stomach for weight loss.
5. Green juice
Green leafy vegetables, including spinach, cucumber, kale, and celery can be combined to make green juice at home. You can add some salt, pepper, and lime juice for added taste. It is also recommended to wait for at least 30 to 40 minutes before having anything else. The micro and macro nutrients in your green juice will help in better functioning of the organs of your body. It gets easily absorbed in your digestive system when your stomach is empty. Green juice is made up of vegetables, and thus, helps in weight loss with adding more nutrients and less calories to your diet.
6. Cinnamon water
Cinnamon helps in the reduction of visceral fat and contains antiparasitic properties, making it one of the healthiest spices. A tablespoon of honey can be added to your glass of cinnamon water for an effective weight loss journey. Honey can help in burning more calories in the early hours of sleep and waking up, by having it right before and after bedtime. Moreover, honey contains important hormones that contribute towards weight loss appetite suppression.
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