Nov. 21, 2013 at 4:04 PM ET
It’s no secret that drinking enough water can help keep your weight in check. But adding one of these three things can boost your metabolism and burn extra calories, without logging any additional hours at the gym.
Adding citrus fruit to your water can speed up the fat burning process and help you feel more energized. Lemons and oranges in particular are a great source of Vitamin C, and assist in fat burning at the cellular level. This is because the metabolic process of transporting fatty acids within the cell and mobilizing them to be used as an energy source requires vitamin C as a co-factor. That means loading up on vitamin c can naturally increase fat burning, so add 3-4 thin slices of lemon or orange to your water to get that boost of Vitamin C and help use fat as energy.
Flush out your system and your metabolism by sipping glasses of cucumber. The natural diuretic effects of this vegetable containing potassium and vitamins A and C, flushes out toxins and revs up your metabolism moving. Add 6-8 slices of cucumber to a pitcher of water a refill you glass for cool, refreshing drink.
While spicy water may not sound tasty, give it chance. Research suggests that the capsaicin found in cayenne pepper can boost your metabolism shortly after ingesting it, and make you fell fuller. Of course cayenne on its own isn't that appealing so try this recipe: Mix slice strawberries, blueberries, and just half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper into your water. You'll have a surprisingly sweet, calorie-torching pick-me-up with just little bit of kick.
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