12 Drinks Essential for Weight Loss

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

There has to be a million essential drinks on the market today that claim they will help you lose weight. But how many of these claims are true and will really help you to lose weight? How to tell a gimmick from the real thing? We know that everyone wants to lose weight the quickest, easiest way possible. We also don’t want to spend millions of dollars on weight loss drinks just to have them turn out to be duds. Is there really any drinks that will really work to help us lose weight? Yes, there is because there is too many legitimate drinks out there that will really work. There is a lot of testimonies from people who have lost weight from liquid diets. Let’ look at some?

1. Lemon Juice and Ginger Juice What an odd Combination

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of Lemon Juice
  • 2 tablespoons of Ginger Juice
  • 2 tablespoons of honey

Instructions:

Stir these ingredients into a mixture and drink. It is advised that you drink two glasses daily of this weight loss/detox drink for best results.

Why

This odd combination works because the benefits of honey will help you lose weight fast because it cuts out extra fats in the body. Lemon has extraordinary effects on weight loss, supercharges with vitality, and tears off excess pounds and gives your skin a vital glow. Ginger burns calories and sends those pounds packing in a hurry. It helps the metabolism as well. Ginger warms the body temperature and greatly stimulates the body’s fat burning mechanisms.

2. Organic Raw Honey, Hot Water

Organic Raw Honey, Hot Water

Ingredients:

  • One or two tablespoons of raw honey
  • One cup of hot water

Instructions:

Mix the honey and hot water and drink before bedtime.

Why

Honey and weight loss are synonymous with one another. Supposedly, studies say that you could drop a dress size by consuming a spoonful of honey for three weeks. This is how powerful honey is that if you just consume it alone you could drop a dress size. You can consume it either as a warm drink or eat it straight out of the jar. Out of the jar wouldn’t dilute any of the honey. Again drink this at bedtime. There is a recent theory called the hibernation-theory which links fructose-rich honey to weight loss. Mike McInnes, founder of honey diet, discovered that athletes who ate foods rich in fructose, like honey, burned many more fats, and they had elevated levels of stamina as well. Honey acts as a natural fuel source for liver to manufacture glucose. This glucose keeps the brain sugar levels high which forces the brain to release fat burning hormones.

If the honey diet is to work for you replace your sugar intake with honey throughout the day. Another plus to this diet unlike most diets you can eat delicious family meals, snacks, treats,puddings, breads, muffins, and even biscuits. As long as these foods are made with honey and not sugar. It is not a guarantee these foods will taste good when cooked with honey.   

There will be no calorie counting, no pricey diet foods, and no draconian starvation plan and may lose 3lbs a week on the diet. Combine this diet with exercising 3 times a week and you will notice a sizeable weight loss.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon Juice and Honey

Ingredients:

  • One teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar
  • One teaspoon lemon juice
  • One teaspoon of honey in a cup of water

Instructions:

Drink before every meal and be sure you ix all the ingredients up before drinking.

Why

The water will keep you hydrated and the apple cider vinegar will work to boost the metabolism. Once the body’s metabolisms works properly your body will start working to lose weight. The lemon juice will make the apple cider vinegar  a little more palatable. Organic apple cider vinegar is a known agent for losing weight. Many diet specialists advise to drink apple cider vinegar for weight loss.

4. Lemon, Cayenne Pepper, and Honey

Notice a trend here it looks like lemon and honey are appearing in every weight loss drink.

Ingredients:

  • Two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • ⅛ cayenne  pepper powder
  • Two tablespoons of honey in a 10 oz. glass of water

Instructions:

Mix the ingredients together and drink three times a day.

Why  

This homemade detox drink will help your body flush out toxins and start the desired weight loss process with the help of capsaicin (a compound that is responsible for the pungency of capsicums.) from the peppers which gives your metabolism an instant boost. Honey helps with dissolving fat while vitamin C in lemon juice helps to flush out fat from the body. This detox drink will help you to lose weight fast. You need to sip on this drink all day for the best results.

5. Cucumber, Lemon, Black Pepper, and Cumin

Cucumber, Lemon, Black Pepper, and Cumin

Ingredients:

  • One medium cucumber
  • Cucumber sliced into pieces
  • Half a lemon
  • Glass of water
  • Pinch of salt, black pepper, roasted cumin powder

Instructions:

Blend the pieces of cucumber with half a lemon until smooth. Filter and transfer to glass then add a pinch of salt, black pepper and roasted cumin powders and stir to enhance the taste of the drink. Consume the drink twice a day for best weight loss results.

Why

The effects of this unusual combination on weight loss were tested and proved by professional nutritionists and found to be a very effective detox and weight loss drink. This detox drink boosts the metabolism which is critical for weight loss to occur quickly. Did you know that cucumber has 95% water content that is more nutritious than plain water? It will help you keep hydrated and flush out the toxins from your body.

6. Ginger, Honey, Cayenne or Black Pepper

Black pepper is showing up a lot in these weight loss drinks.

Ingredients:

  • Two tablespoons of ginger juice
  • Two tablespoons of honey
  • ⅛ tablespoon of cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon of black powdered black pepper
  • One glass of lukewarm water

Instructions:

Mix all the ingredients in the cup of water

Why

Gingers and peppers are thermogenic; (means tending to produce heat, and the term is commonly applied to drugs which increase heat through metabolic stimulation, or to microorganisms which create heat within organic waste.) they increased the metabolic rate while honey dissolving dissolving the fat and soothing abdomen. Ginger also helps calm the GI tract and you have a very good detox. Black pepper contains piperine, a compound that stops your body from creating new fat cells. Cayenne also shrinks fat cells and lowers blood fat levels.

7. Pineapple, Pimentos, or Paprika

Pineapple, Pimentos, or Paprika

Ingredients:

  • Five Large  slices of pineapple
  • Two slices of hot peppers
  • Pimentos
  • Or Paprika
  • Juice

Instructions:    

Mix all the ingredients into the juice. Drink the juice once a day.

Why

A compound in hot peppers called dihydrocapsiate has been shown to increase the body’s ability to burn fat when eaten three times a day. Capsaicin, the active ingredient in all peppers, greatly enhances fat burning. Peppers also boost energy levels, they help to speed up your metabolism so you can lose weight. The compound contained in pineapple speeds up the digestion process which greatly boosts the metabolism process. The relatively low calorie content and low energy density of the pineapple will help you fill up while you stay within your daily recommended calorie goals for weight loss.

8. Cabbage, Carrot, and Pear Juices

This weight loss drink will help you lose weight but you don’t be drinking it for the taste. This is an extremely strange combination for a weight loss drink.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of cabbage
  • 1/2 cup of pear slices
  • ¼ cup of chopped carrot
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Pinch of  roasted cumin powder

Instructions:

Blend the pears, carrots and cabbage together until it is a smooth drink. Pour into a glass then add salt, black pepper, and roasted cumin powder. Drink this detox drink at least twice a day. It may be refreshing but it probably will not taste very good.

Why

Cabbage Juice is best for cleansing the liver. Which results in cleansing the body. This is critical for substantial weight loss. So they say this is key. Pears help you to lose weight by adding pectin to your diet. Pectin restricts cells from taking in fat and helps cells absorb water. But if cells absorb water will the body accumulate water weight? The high pectin (natural fruit sugars) that is contained in pears makes its juicy fruit a strong diuretic and helps the body to digest properly and inhibits water retention.

9. Cinnamon, Honey, and Water

Ingredients:

  • One inch cinnamon piece or ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • Two teaspoons of honey
  • Cup of water

Instructions:

Add the cinnamon to a cup of boiling water and then let the water cool down. Once the water is cool enough to drink add two teaspoons of honey or keep adding honey until you have the right taste. Drink ½ of the cup before you go to bed. Drink the other half when you get up in the morning on an empty stomach. Don’t re-heat the solution. Drink this mixture every morning and night for a week.

Why

Cinnamon is a super spice because it helps to regulate sugar levels, it increases the peptide levels that helps to delay the emptying of the stomach. Logically, if you have a full stomach you will eat less. Cinnamon may help to boost the metabolism which helps the body digest carbohydrates more effectively. This in turn will burn more calories which will expedite the weight loss. Cinnamon also contains calcium which inhibits weight gain by increasing the amount of burned fat and reducing the fat stored by the body. Honey helps the body to lose weight and it fuels the liver. It also accelerates the fat burning metabolism process in the body. It will ease the stress hormones which will always activate weight gain by making you eat more because of high levels of stress. The mixture also helps in controlling blood glucose and cholesterol levels; it is also an excellent thermogenic fat burner.    

10. Grapefruit Juice, Apple Vinegar, and of course Honey

Ingredients:

  • One tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • One teaspoon of organic honey
  • One cup of grapefruit/citron juice

Instructions:

Mix the ingredients into a balanced blend in the juice. Drink this concoction before each meal It is supposed to help you lose weight quickly by breaking down fat cells.

Why

Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice is very healthy for the body. Grapefruits contain high amounts of vitamin C which helps the body to detoxify naturally. This drink may help your liver do what it is supposed to do and that is to detoxify and metabolize the body. Grapefruit juice is not the best tasting juice out there but it is rich in fiber, nutrients, and low in calories and fat. So, if you drink a cup of grapefruit/citron juice at each meal it will help you lose weight. Drinking apple cider vinegar is a very effective way to cleanse the body.

11. Pineapple, Ginger, Mint, Lemon not a Good Mix  

Gingermint Anti-nausea blend

You need to be careful with this combination it sounds like it could surely upset your stomach and really make you sick. You may want to avoid this drink combination.

Ingredients:

  • One half of a sliced pineapple
  • One inch long piece of ginger root
  • Some mint leaves
  • Glass of water
  • One teaspoon of fresh lemon juice

Instructions:

Blend the ginger root, mint leaves, and pineapple together into the water. Filter the mixture then add the lemon juice and drink it for a full body cleanse and detox. It is easy to make and will help you lose weight. Be careful drinking this explosive combination because it may cleanse and detox your body in unexpected ways that may not be pleasant.

Why    

Really this is a good question. Why would you want to drink this type of drink. The combinations may make you sick to your stomach. You may vomit and have diarrhea. Ginger helps to elevate your body temperature which in turn helps to burn calories. The mint and lemon both help to optimize the digestion and helps you to burn more calories. Pineapple contains bromelain which is an enzyme. It has anti-inflammatory properties that helps to shrink belly fat, eases bloating, settles the stomach, and relieves heartburn. It is high in fructose or natural fruit sugars which could inhibit those unhealthy cravings.

12. Other Weight loss Drink Options

Lemonade

Ingredients:        

  • Two tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 300 ml of filtered water
  • ½ stick of cinnamon
  • Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
  • Honey to Enhance Taste

Instructions:

Mix all of the above ingredients together and start drinking

Why

Detox lemonade is a very effective way to melt the fat away fast. It also removes toxins and helps you to reach your weight loss goals in a relatively short time. Lemons are rich in vitamin C and lemon juice is a digestive aid and cleanses the liver. Cayenne contains the compound capsaicin which gives peppers their hot flavoring. It also raises body temperature which accelerates calorie burning in the body. Cinnamon is an extremely versatile spice for weight loss because it stabilizes blood sugar levels and lowers bad cholesterol levels. It will help to boost the body’s metabolism and will help with digestion. It helps to process carbohydrates quicker because it can control insulin levels which prevents the body from storing extra fat. Which leads to the desired result-weight loss.

Psyllium Husk, Lime Juice, and Honey

Ingredients:

  • One teaspoon of uncolored psyllium husk (Ispaghula ka chilka)
  • One tablespoon of lime juice
  • One teaspoon of very old raw honey (Is this a healthy ingredient?)     
  • One glass of lukewarm water

Instructions:

Mix the ingredients into the water and drink the concoction everyday on an empty stomach. This combination may make you sick to your stomach if you drink it on an empty stomach. It may not be advisable to drink this on an empty stomach.

Why  

Supposedly, natural psyllium (Ispaghula) acts like a safe weight loss agent. This substance has never been heard of for weight loss application. Does it really work? Psyllium is said to reduce blood sugar and lipid levels. If these levels increased you will gain body fat. The citric acid lime is an excellent fat burning agent and it has plenty of antioxidants. The antioxidants will fight free radical activity as an added bonus. Honey’s unique combination of natural sugars is said to make it a near perfect weight loss agent. Honey is a natural sweetener that contains 22 amino acids and several minerals which are essential for the body’s metabolism which will in turn help you to lose weight.

The Conclusion    

Most of the drink combinations are effective weight loss agents

In this article we have taken a pretty in-depth look at some drinks that will help you to lose weight. Most of the drink combinations are effective weight loss agents but there are a couple listed that may help you to lose weight but it may do so by making you ill in the process. These types of weight loss drinks should not be consumed. They will work but the results may not be worth the effort of consuming them. But keep in mind everyone is different and what may make one person sick from drinking these drink combinations may have no ill effect on another person. So, pick your drink and start losing those unwanted pounds.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.