Article Posted by Sherri Sacconaghi, June 17th, 2013
Flush The Fat
It is easy to put on a few pounds during the winter months (It is amazing what a comfy fleece pullover can hide). Now it is time to whip out the shorts and swimsuit, and those don’t lie.
For the next few weeks I am going to pass along easy steps you can take to get your body in tip top shape for summer. Starting with the easiest of all.
Drink Water. Wait! Not just any water. Fat flushing water. (Now I bet I have your attention). You already know, drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your body. Keeping your body hydrated keeps your metabolism cruising at optimum levels. If you love plain water go for it. If you want to kick it up a notch try this.
I stumbled upon this recipe when I was looking for ways to help my water resistant clients to get hydrated. Created by The Biggest Loser trainer, Kim Lyons, this blend has it all. Besides water it has has grapefruit, which is loaded with Vitamin C. Vitamin C is used in the metabolism of fatty tissue. Without proper vitamin C, your body has difficulty burning fat efficiently. The grapefruit, along with the orange or tangerine, helps stabilize your blood sugar and stimulate those fat burning genes to get to work. Now throw is some cucumber and this water will help you feel full. It acts as a natural diuretic which means less bloating and water retention (good news ladies right?) My favorite ingredient is the peppermint leaves. Peppermint helps promote digestion and keeps your stomach nice and calm. I have tried making this without the peppermint and it is not the same. A must have.
Make a big old pitcher of this and drink 8oz in the morning and before every meal. The longer it sits, the better it tastes.
Fat Flush Water
This is for 8 oz. so if you are making a pitcher, add accordingly.
(I usually just throw a bunch of it in a big pitcher without worrying about quantities).
1 slice grapefruit
1 slice orange/tangerine
2 peppermint leaves
Not only does this water help your body burn fat, it is a great sweet tooth killer. Before you reach for that mid day sweet treat, drink a glass of this water and wait 20 minutes. Do you still really crave the candy? This is so refreshing on those warm days too. I am hooked on the stuff. So stop fighting and start flushing!
Sherri Sacconaghi, AADP, NASM-CPT
Certified Health Coach
"Inspiring you Towards a Healthy Body and a Joyful Life".