What would you say if we told you that one of your most powerful allies when it comes to weight loss isn’t the newest cardio science or a complicated diet, but … water? That’s right. Good ol’ H2O can rev your metabolism, help you lose serious weight, and maintain that flat belly. According to a study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, drinking 17 ounces of water daily increased the metabolic rate of study participants by 30 percent. Drink 1.5 liters of water a day (about six glasses) and you could burn 17,400 calories each year! Combine plain water with proven fat-burning superfoods to create a detox water and you’ll have an elixir that energizes you, fights bloating, and helps you achieve your weight loss goals.
These below have done just that! Fruits like berries, grapefruits, and apples have compounds in their peels and pulp that fry flab and prevent disease in a delicious way. Get inspired by some of our favorite combinations below. The recipes couldn’t be simpler: use the proportions in these photos as a guideline and adjust to your taste.
Aside from being as refreshingly tart as an Amy Schumer routine, grapefruit has serious health benefits: A study published in the journal Metabolism found that those who ate grapefruit for six weeks lost a full inch off their waistlines. Why? The fruit is rich in phytochemicals, a bioactive compound that burns fat. And mint has been known to suppress appetite. One study published in the Journal of Neurological and Orthopaedic Medicine found that people who sniffed peppermint every two hours lost an average of 5 pounds a month!
Skip the sugary, syrupy soft-drink version and go for cleansing freshness at a fraction of the calories. Drop in a few sprigs of mint for a natural appetite suppressant.
APPLE LEMON MINT
Lemon is a common detox ingredient for good reason: An antioxidant in its peel stimulates liver enzymes to help flush toxins from the body. Here, it’s paired with apple, one of our best fruits for a better body!
The last time you saw this flavor combo, it was probably on a menu describing a super-caloric iced tea. Forget that and make this version, which will be refreshing and energizing without a sugar crash.
ORANGE LEMON LIME
Three citrus fruits work together in this cleansing detox water: All three are rich in D-limonene, which has been shown to have anti-cancer effects and soothe heartburn and acid reflux. It also flushes toxins and helps clear up irregularity.
Stock up on the last of the summer watermelon while you can: It’s one of the very best fruits for fat loss, having been shown to improve lipid (fat) profiles and decrease the accumulation of body fat. What’s more, a Spanish study found that athletes who drank watermelon juice post-workout had less muscle soreness.
CUCUMBER LIME KIWI
Cucumbers are a known diet staple, and for good reason: they’re extremely low in calories, and their skin contains tons of vitamins and minerals for your body to benefit from. So when adding to your H2O, be sure to keep the skin on.
This water may not help you get ripped, but the nutrients figs contain, including potassium, help your muscles work. They’re also a great source of fiber, which will help slow digestion and keep you feeling fuller, longer.
ORANGE LEMON MINT
Citrus fruits are classic ingredients: They’re rich in the antioxidant D-limonene, a powerful compound found in the peel that stimulates liver enzymes to help flush toxins from the body and gives sluggish bowels a kick, according to the World Health Organization. Drinking several glasses of citrusy water daily can help you lose belly fat.
ORANGE POMEGRANATE CINNAMON
Cinnamon is a great way to add some sweetness to your drink without the excess calories as other sugary additives would. Pomegranates are also a great addition for an antioxidant boost, and oranges are filled with essential vitamins and minerals to keep your body slim and healthy.
Blackberries are an amazing source for detox-boosting antioxidants. Adding mint to this fruit water will help give it a refreshing taste while promoting digestion and soothing your indigestion and inflammation.
LEMON CELERY CUCUMBER
Add celery to any water and crunch away! It has six calories per stalk and full of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as B vitamins (such as folate) and potassium, which diminishes water retention and aids muscle recovery, so you can get back in the gym sooner and burn more calories.
KIWI CUCUMBER MINT
This refreshing green detox water contains a secret superhero: Kiwi has been shown to reduce bloating and constipation and improve immunity. Cucumber is not only refreshing, but it’s also high in vitamins C and K, so eat the veggie once you drain your glass.
POMEGRANATE STRAWBERRY MINT
Pomegranates are the stuff of ancient legend, and for good reason: The seeds have three kinds of antioxidant polyphenols, including tannins, anthocyanins, and ellagic acid, which all help fight and prevent damage to your body caused by free radicals.
FROZEN BERRY AND LEMON
Dropping berries into your glass is an excellent idea. Be they strawberries, blueberries, or blackberries, they’re some of the best fat-burning foods. Using frozen berries gives your sip a pleasing mocktail effect.
MINT ROSEMARY LEMON CUCUMBER
A blend of savory and sweet, this glass is good for staving off the munchies: Lemon and mint are natural appetite suppressants.
This one’s a great option for detoxing after a gluttonous meal: Persimmons are rich in toxin-mopping vitamins A and C and high in, ahem, elimination-speeding fiber. They also have a small amount of manganese, which is important in the metabolism of fats and protein.
Fat-burning berries plus body-cleansing lemon makes this detox water a total treat. Add some seltzer if you like, to bring back childhood Fanta memories absolutely guilt-free.
BERRY KIWI ORANGE
Berries are an excellent addition to your detox drinks since they’re packed with antioxidants. But that’s not the only nutritional star in this detox drink: oranges are filled with vitamin C to give you a boost of energy, and kiwis have tons of nutrients, like potassium, that are beneficial for weight loss.
RASPBERRY BLUEBERRY MINT
This one has a fat-fighting double punch: Both raspberries and blueberries are loaded with polyphenols, powerful natural chemicals that burn fat — and even stop it from forming!
Dragon fruit is not only tasty, but it also contains vital antioxidants and good fatty acids to help keep your body in tip-top shape. Bonus: it contains a hefty serving of calcium, iron, and lycopene, an inflammation-fighting antioxidant.
On top of being extremely refreshing, watermelon is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. That’s because there are science-backed benefits: the University of Kentucky found that this fruit can help lower fat accumulation, and the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena in Spain showed that watermelon actually helps reduce muscle soreness so you can make your gym session last a little longer.
Lime is a soothing, cleansing veteran, but chia seeds are the hot upstarts of detox: They can stabilize blood sugar, boost weight loss, keep your hunger at bay and even help keep your body hydrated throughout the day: They expand to as much as 10 times their size when in liquid, helping you feel full and reducing your appetite!
STRAWBERRY CUCUMBER PINEAPPLE
This detox water concoction is an inflammation-fighting powerhouse: pineapple and strawberries both have antioxidant properties. Cucumber is a low-cal and refreshing additive that is high in vitamins C and K.
KIWI LEMON PEAR
We all know that kiwis and limes are great to add into your detox diet, but what about pears? They’re a great choice at only 100 calories and taste refreshing, too. Make sure you eat the pears after you take them out of your water; pears are chock-full of fiber that will keep you feeling fuller, longer.
Strawberry Mint Lemon
This is a spa combo that not only tastes delicious but can also help reduce belly bloat: lemon is a natural diuretic, strawberry has antioxidants, and mint reduces appetite. Take this as a cue to experiment with flavors of your own.
LEMON STRAWBERRY CHIA
Strawberries are one of the best low-carb fruits to help you shed some pounds. They only contain 12 grams of carbs and possess natural chemicals called polyphenols that can actually stop fat cells from forming.
This detox water is a powerful bloat-fighter, thanks to fresh ginger. Used for thousands of years to ease queasy tummies and aid digestion, you’ll find mentions of ginger in Chinese medical texts from the fourth century BC! Ginger acts as a muscle relaxant that allows the body to more easily expel gas, according to Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. You can get your ginger fix in a variety of forms, though fresh ginger is richest in gingerol—the compound that contributes to many of the spice’s health benefits.
Forget chemical-laden Fresca. Pour plain seltzer over fresh grapefruit and lemon for an energizing, fat-burning elixir.
GOJI CUCUMBER MINT
Goji berries add more than a sweet-and-tangy taste to your water: The superfood has a slimming effect! In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, participants were either given a single dose of L. barbarum, the plant from which goji berries are harvested, or a placebo after a meal. The researchers found that one hour after the dose, the goji group was burning calories at a rate 10 percent higher than the placebo group. The effects lasted up to 4 hours! (Just be wary of any unwanted side effects: The energizing fruits are known as “the Viagra of China.”)
Throw away that sugary pomegranate juice cocktail and try this sweet detox drink instead. This detox water has all of the vitamins and nutrients that the fruit can supply, without all of the excess sugar and sweeteners.
Now here’s an orange drink worth downing by the bottle. Carrots are spiked with carotenoids—fat-soluble compounds that are associated with a reduction in a wide range of cancers, as well as reduced risk and severity of inflammatory conditions such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. Persimmons are rich in vitamins A, C and the antioxidant lycopene, an antioxidant which may reduce the risk of cancer.
Talk about your double dose of berries: both strawberries and raspberries are great sources of fiber. This detox elixir will keep your digestive system working smoothly, so drink up and be sure to eat the fruit when you’re done!
Cranberries contain tons of fiber and also supply a hefty dose of vitamin C. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, vitamin C is one of the most important antioxidants for removing damage-causing free radicals in your body and fighting against infectious diseases.
BLOOD ORANGE GRAPE MINT
For such a sweet fruit, blood oranges are actually pretty low in the calorie department at only 70 calories per serving, and they contain fiber and potassium. Grapes are also a great addition to your detox water since they have a high water content to keep you extra hydrated throughout your day.
CRANBERRY PEACH BLUEBERRY
Peaches are much more than just a sweet treat; they’re a nutritional powerhouse for warding off obesity and the health risks that go with it. According to a study from the Texas A&M University, peaches and other stone-fruits (like plums and nectarines) can lower your risk of excessive weight gain, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Who knew apple cinnamon could work as well in water as it does in oatmeal? It’s a good thing: Cinnamon balances blood sugar and wards off insulin spikes, which protects you from the munchies.
LEMON APPLE FIG
We all know that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what about figs? This exotic fruit is extremely high in fiber, a diet essential, and contains potassium to help lower blood pressure.
APPLE MANDARIN MINT CHIA
Don’t leave mandarin oranges to your aunt’s Waldorf Salad. Two Japanese studies showed that drinking mandarin orange juice reduced participants’ incidence of liver cancer. It’s theorized that’s due to oranges’ high level of carotenoids, the pigment that gives the fruit its color and functions as a potent antioxidant, mopping up free radicals and repairing DNA damage that can cause disease.
BANANA LEMON MANGO TOMATO
It may look unlikely, but this is a brilliant combo: Bananas are a good source of prebiotic fiber, which helps feed good gut bacteria and improve digestion; lemon cleanses the body; mangoes are packed with vitamin C, and tomatoes have cancer-fighting antioxidants. Just don’t forget to snack on the slices.
STRAWBERRY PEAR BLUEBERRY KIWI
The tropical backdrop isn’t the only thing we love about this one: Aside from fat-burning berries and bloat-fighting kiwi, pears contain catechins, antioxidants that hinder the storage of belly fat!
MELON BLACKBERRY ROSEMARY
You’ll definitely want to guzzle down a bottle (or three) of this detox water: blackberries are known for their high antioxidant content, and melons promote a healthy digestive system through their high amounts of fiber. Rosemary is also a great source of antioxidants to keep your body on track to a healthier you.
Here’s your new sports drink: Watermelon is rich in L-citrulline, an amino acid that helps move lactic acid out of muscles, reducing pain and fatigue. Lemon’s appetite-suppressing effects will prevent you from ordering that cheeseburger you think you deserve.
WATERMELON WITH ALOE VERA
One of the great weight-loss secrets, aloe vera juice has been a mainstay in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. The juice can help balance your digestive system, which will lessen belly bloat and keep things, um, moving.
DOUBLE BERRY BASIL
Basil in your drink may seem odd at first, but it’s actually refreshingly tasty. But that’s not the only reason why this detox drink is on this list: basil is actually a known anti-inflammatory, which will get rid of all your bloating and discomfort in no time.
LEMON CUCUMBER MINT
Blast your muffin top away with this fruity elixir. The combination of lemon’s abundant vitamin content, cucumber’s high water retention, and mint’s digestion-promoting powers will flatten your belly and keep you satisfied.
THREE BERRY LEMON
You’ve heard of the Wonder Twins? This has the Wonder Quadruplets. As mentioned, the polyphenols in berries torch flab (and even stop its formation before it starts!), and the powerful amino acids in lemon detoxify the liver and speed wastes out of the body (the old-fashioned way).
They don’t get much simpler than this water, and we love that. We also love that it has the sweetness of a tropical cocktail at a fraction of the calories, and that pineapple is loaded with bromelain, an enzyme that quells inflammation throughout the body (i.e. bloat, flab, and aching muscles).
We’d happily sip from this antioxidant-packed pitcher. Apples are one of the best fat-burning fruits; leave the peels on and snack away once you’ve drained your glass.
CUCUMBER MINT GINGER CINNAMON
Ginger is definitely a detox ingredient you don’t want to skip. It’s a health powerhouse: it fights inflammation, treats chronic indigestion, and lowers blood sugar significantly, according to a 2015 study in the Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research. It’s no wonder it hails as one of the healthiest spices on the planet.