You’re Not Pairing Water with Lemon

You’re Not Pairing Water with Lemon

Not only does throwing in a couple slices of lemon to your water add some zing to your bland beverage, it may also help you lose weight. D-limonene, a powerful antioxidant found in lemon peels, stimulates liver enzymes to help flush toxins from the body, according to the World Health Organization. Not only does the lemon peel help rid your body of inflammatory toxins, but the extra bit of vitamin C from the juices that seep into the water will help your body curb cortisol levels; and that’s good news since cortisol is the stress hormone that tells your body to store fat.

7 You Forget to Grab A Glass Upon Waking
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If you aren’t drinking water in the morning, your metabolism is likely taking a hit. According to dietician Lisa Jubilee, MS, CDN, one of the easiest and cheapest ways to give your metabolism a jolt is to drink 20 to 32 ounces of water (2-3 cups) shortly after waking. Why? During sleep, your body’s metabolic function slows, and your body just went around eight hours without fluids—which are essential to hundreds of metabolic processes. Jubilee suggests rehydrating before stressing your body with any other food or drink: “My clients who have implemented this report less bloating, more energy, and a smaller appetite,” she says. Without throwing back a couple glugs in the morning, being dehydrated will be just another of the 31 Ways You Messed Up Your Metabolism Today.

8 You Don’t Down One Between Alcoholic Drinks
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Alcohol decreases the body’s production of anti-diuretic hormone (a compound that helps your body stay hydrated), so when you move onto that third round of booze, your body becomes increasingly dehydrated. And when you’re dehydrated, you can feel sluggish and bloated—two things that will act against you if you’re trying to drop a few pounds. “Make sure you have at least one or two glasses of water for each drink—and that you never drink on an empty stomach,” says Abbey Sharp, RD, of Abbey’s Kitchen.

9 You Don’t Realize Your Body Wants Water—Not Food
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It’s not just you. In fact, there are 30 Reasons Why You’re Always Hungry, and not drinking enough water is one of them. A study in the journal Physiology & Behavior suggests people inappropriately respond to thirst over 60 percent of the time by eating instead of drinking. And that means you’re eating more calories than you need to. So, next time you’re hankering for a snack just after you finished a meal, try knocking back a cup of water before diving into your snack drawer and wait 20 minutes. If you’re still hungry, then you can eat something.

10 You Don’t Steep it With Green Tea
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Water is still water even when you put a teabag in it. To get even more bang for your hydrating buck, why not make that teabag green tea? Researchers find that this leaf is particularly efficient at blasting flab thanks to its concentration of catechins: a group of antioxidative compounds that fry adipose tissue by revving the metabolism, increasing the release of flab from fat cells (particularly in the belly), then speeding up the liver’s fat-burning capacity. Sounds like a nutrition hole-in-one to us!

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