Lose Weight with These 5 Citrus Waters

· January 19, 2016
Thanks to their beneficial properties, citrus waters can help you burn more calories to promote weight loss. They're also a rich source of vitamin C and antioxidants.

Did you know that citrus waters are a wonderful compliment to any weight-loss plan?

When it comes to weight loss, there’s no magic formula that can help you burn fat and reach a healthy weight. However, by adopting a healthy diet and exercise routine, you’ll improve the body’s ability to burn fats and get results.

A study done by the University of Murcia revealed that citrus fruits have a nutritional content that promotes the elimination of fats and improves digestion.

These fruits are also great for making citrus waters.

Citrus waters are delicious. Thanks to their properties, they help increase the amount of calories burned to promote weight loss. These drinks are rich in vitamin C and other important antioxidants that are necessary for maintaining an ideal weight.

So that you can take advantage of all their benefits, we’re going to share 5 excellent recipes for citrus waters that you can enjoy on hot days or drink as an alternative to plain water.

The Best Citrus Waters for Weight Loss

Grapefruit

A piece of grapefruit contains just 58 calories and large amounts of fiber, calcium, iron and folic acid. That makes this fruit ideal for preventing constipation and other problems with digestion.

Plus, its high concentration of vitamin C and antioxidants promotes the elimination of fats and provides feelings of fullness.

See also: Lose Weight by Drinking Grapefruit Juice after Meals

Ingredients

  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 handful watercress
  • ½ cup water

Directions

  • First, add a peeled grapefruit with the seeds removed to a blender along with the watercress and water.
  • Blend all the ingredients until well mixed.
  • Then, add ice and enjoy.

Lime

Because it’s composed of 94% water, this fruit is low in calories,with just 5 calories per ounce.

It’s one of the most recommended fruits for a slim body as it contains flavonoids which stimulate the digestive system.

lemon-water

Enjoy all the benefits of limes by preparing an alcohol-free cocktail, known as a Shirley Temple (named after the child actress).

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons grenadine
  • 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 2 cherries
  • Ice to taste

Directions

  • Mix all the ingredients in a large glass.
  • Then, stir and garnish with cherries.
  • Add the ice and enjoy any time of day.

Mandarin oranges

Mandarin oranges are an important source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, and a high concentration of antioxidants that helps improve digestion as well as the body’s ability to lose weight.

orange-peels

To take advantage of their benefits and to increase their effects, you can prepare your mandarin drink with green tea.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mandarin orange juice
  • ¼ cup green tea
  • Ice

Directions

  • Prepare the green tea and let cool for five minutes.
  • Combine the mandarin orange juice and green tea in a blender and mix well.
  • Then, add ice and garnish with an orange segment before serving.

Orange

This citrus fruit contains some of the highest concentrations of vitamin C over other fruits. It’s also a good source of pectin, a soluble fiber that helps lower cholesterol levels according to the Agricultural Research Service of the United States.

As if that weren’t enough, oranges’ high nutritional and antioxidant content puts them on the list of immune system-boosting foods. They’re also ideal for healthy weight loss, at the same time as improving circulation.

orange-juice

To take maximum advantage of all the nutrients and enjoy their weight loss benefits, don’t hesitate to make the following summery drink.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cold water
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • ½ cup lemon juice

Directions

In a large pitcher, add the three juices and water and stir. Serve with ice.

Strawberries

This delicious little fruit is on the list of foods with the highest vitamin C content, as they contain 95 mg per serving.

And if that’s not enough, they’re loaded with antioxidants, dietary fiber, and a 1 cup serving contains just 43 calories.

We recommend reading: 5 Juices and Drinks to Lower Bad Cholesterol

strawberries for citrus waters

To take advantage of the benefits strawberries have to offer while improving your figure, make this refreshing drink to quench your thirst.

Ingredients

  • Cranberry juice
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Mint leaves
  • Ice

Directions

  • Use a blender to mix the water, cranberry juice and ice.
  • Then, add the lemon juice and strawberries and blend.
  • Add ice and mint leaves, too, for a refreshing touch.
  • Enjoy this water up to three times a day.