You might think that water is a no-brainer because, duh, it has no calories! But H2O has even more qualities that make it extremely useful for weight loss. Researchers have found that your resting energy expenditure (or the amount of calories burned while being still) can increase up to 24-30% within 10 minutes of drinking water.
Erin Palinski-Wade, R.D., C.D.C.E.S, author of Belly Fat Diet For Dummies corroborates those claims. “Drinking adequate water daily can boost hydration which can help to promote improved energy levels and mood,” she says. “In addition, drinking water before meals can help you to feel more satisfied, helping to promote portion control and possible weight loss.”
In fact, many people confuse hunger for thirst. Next time you think you need to grab a snack, try downing a glass of water first and see how you feel.
Green tea is rich in catechins, which are powerful antioxidants believed to be effective in boosting metabolism and burning fat. The most notable of those catechins is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which has been researched as a particularly effective metabolic booster especially when combined with caffeine, a stimulant that may increase calorie expenditure.
However, registered nutritionist James Collier, R.Nutr., warns that although catechins may work, “The amount you’d have to consume for even a tiny effect would be considerable and for a sustained period.”
Nevertheless, Palinski-Wade says hot beverages in general seem to create more intense feelings of satiety, “which can help promote weight management.”