These are my 3 tricks for dropping size. You can't just do these and expect results. You have to eat well and exercise, BUT these can really help out.
1. Drink at least a half gallon of water a day.
To some, this sounds impossible. It's not. I'm sure you've read that the daily recommendation for water is 8 cups...which is a half gallon. As you can see in my photo above, I am using an old half gallon orange juice jug. Why is my water yellow? I have pineapple-coconut crystal light stuff in there - essentially it's just like Mio and found right next to it at the store. It sure helps me to get my recommended water in for the day. On top of this, I will usually have coffee and tea...and more water. Staying hydrated is super important for fat burning, keeping a youthful appearance, and for digestion.
I'm sure that there are prettier half gallon jugs out there, but using the orange juice jug was REALLY inexpensive and it has a handle.
2. My Spicy Lemon Drink
Just about every day I make this spicy lemon drink. It's supposed to detox the body, boost the immune system, and be a natural anti-fungal. I like to mix 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper (rough estimate), 1-1/2 TBSP Lemon Juice, 1 tsp Raw Honey, and Hot Water into a standard coffee cup. It's not the best tasting drink in the world, but it helps.
"Lemon is a natural detoxifier as vitamin C transforms toxins into digestible material. In addition to vitamin C, lemons are also packed with antioxidants and electrolytes including potassium, calcium and magnesium. Lemon is also known to stimulate the liver’s natural enzymes by helping to oxygenate the body.
Cayenne pepper stimulates the circulatory system by opening the capillaries, aids digestion, and helps regulate blood sugar. Furthermore, and very importantly, it increases the temperature of your body and kick-starts your metabolism, which, yes, can help you to lose weight over time. Be sure to always buy non-irradiated cayenne pepper (and all spices) since irradiation negates the health benefits of spices.
To boot, lemons, though acidic, helps neutralize the body’s pH by making it more alkaline. pH imbalance has been attributed to numerous disorders as well as chronic illness. Lemon also stimulates the secretion of gastric juices, aiding the digestion of your breakfast that will follow.
Since proper digestion is absolutely critical to a healthy body, this drink is a great way to set the stage for a day of healthy digestion."
3. ACV Shot
Apple Cider Vinegar Shots. I only use Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar for this. 1 or 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with some water (like 2 or 3 oz). This is potent stuff. I used to put a little honey or agave in with it, but now I just drink it unsweetened. Do not keep adding honey. This is not a sweet drink. It's vinegary because it's made with vinegar. Little water, little ACV, and DOWN THE HATCH!!! I tend to keep the water amount low, so I can just drink this and get it over with.
Why do this? Let's see what Bragg.com has to say:
Following the old cliché, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," apples are one of the oldest, most nutritious foods on earth. They are rich in potassium, a mineral many of us are deficient in, and a deficiency that causes old age to creep upon us sooner. Calcium maintains our hard tissues such as bones, and potassium is the equivalent to the body’s soft tissues, keeping the body’s flesh and arteries soft and resilient. Fresh, organic apples are used to make Apple Cider Vinegar, which contains necessary ingredients, such as enzymes, and life-stimulating minerals, mainly potassium, in a natural state. Besides being a natural stimulant for vitality, Apple Cider Vinegar cleanses and restores nutrients to the body so that the body can heal itself.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: Helps Remove Body Toxins * Helps Promote a Youthful Body *Helps support a healthy immune system * Helps Maintain Healthy Skin * Helps Control Weight * Improves Digestion and Assimilation * Soothes Tight and Aching Joints and Sore Muscles from exercise * Soothes irritated skin."
These are my three big tricks that I do every day. When I stop doing them, I notice that it correlates with weight gain...for me. It might be different for you.
Does anyone have any tips they would like to share?