Being overweight can take a real toll on your confidence as well as your health. Working out, eating well, and taking care of your emotional health is crucial for maintaining a healthy body, but it can take a while before you begin to see results. To feel a little more motivated and experience quick results, make this yummy green drink before bed to boost your metabolism and burn a few more calories while you sleep.
Belly-Busting Green Juice
This drink can be a little sour and bitter on its own, so follow up with a glass of water or a teaspoon of honey to chase away the taste.
- 1 cucumber
- A bunch of parsley
- 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp. grated ginger
- 1 tbsp. aloe vera juice
- 1/2 glass water
- Chop up all the ingredients and pass them through your blender or juicer.
- Enjoy immediately.
How it Works
Parsley is full of antioxidants, minerals, or vitamins, but its high vitamin C content fights inflammatory proteins to improve digestion, treat nerve damage, and cleanse your kidneys to improve toxin elimination (3). It also works as a diuretic to fight bloating and water retention (4).
Lemons flush out the toxins in your liver and it also flushes out fat : a Japanese study found that lemon polyphenols suppressed diet-induced body weight gain and body fat accumulation (5). It also boosts insulin sensitivity and metabolism as well as and slowing down starch digestion to prevent fat storage (6).
Ginger boosts your metabolism while lowering your blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It also improves insulin sensitivity to prevent stressing out your pancreas and prevent the sugars you eat from being stored into fat. You can also add ginger to your meals to get these benefits.
Aloe vera juice has been studied for its ability to reduce diet-induced obesity. Most notably, it reduces body fat accumulation by stimulating of energy expenditure. Rat Eating aloe vera twice a day not only reduced subcutaneous fat, but also visceral fat. It’s also full of antioxidants (7).