Healthy Drinks

6 Flat-Belly Drinks

Sip your way to a flat belly with these six everyday drinks.

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1. Water

Plain water prevents overeating. Research from the American Chemical Society found that if you start a meal with two eight-ounce glasses, you’ll most likely eat fewer calories.

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2. Green Tea

Catechins and caffeine make this popular drink a natural fat-burner. Three cups a day has been shown to boost metabolic rate and burn fat at a faster rate for 24 hours.

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3. Soy Shakes

Throwing a scoop of silken tofu or soy protein powder into an afternoon shake can foster a leaner middle by curbing cravings. Soy proteins mimic the action of leptin, a hormone that tells you to stop eating.

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4. Low-Fat Chocolate Milk

A convenient choice for muscle recovery as it offers an ideal carbohydrate-to-protein ratio. But very active women can benefit from more calories to fuel their training.

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5. Cherry Juice

Tart cherries have anti-inflammatory compounds that may help speed up muscle recovery after strenuous activity, according to the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.

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6. Coffee

Caffeine is reported to burn body fat at a steady rate. Caveat: The more caffeine you drink, the greater your tolerance to it which means less fat-burning potential over time.