Fitness: 5 easy homemade detox drinks to lose weight during the lockdown


Detoxing is a popular trend followed by people to lose pounds quickly. It is nothing but complete rejuvenation or cleansing of your body through the consumption of fruit and vegetable concoctions and herbal teas, followed by short-term fasting. It claims to remove toxins from your body to aid weight loss, but its long-term effects are not scientifically proven.

You can try out these easy home-made detox drinks to boost metabolism and kick start your weight loss journey.

DIY Detox Drinks for Weight Loss

1. Green Tea And Lemon

Detox Drinks - Green Tea And Lemon
What You Need
  • Water
  • 1 green tea bag
  • 1/4 lemon
How To Prepare
  1. Boil a cup of water and place a green tea bag in it.
  2. Add the juice of the lemon.
  3. Drink it while it is still hot.
  • Green tea is a good source of catechins, i.e., dietary polyphenols that exhibit anti-adiposity effects.
  • A study was done on mice (on a high-fat diet) demonstrated that the lemon polyphenols from a lemon peel extract significantly reduced weight gain.

2. Honey, Lemon, And Ginger

Honey, Lemon, And Ginger
What You Need
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 inch ginger root
  • 1 glass warm water
How To Prepare
  1. Heat a glass of water. Do not boil it.
  2. Use a mortar and pestle to crush the ginger root.
  3. Add the lemon juice, crushed ginger, and honey to a glass of warm water.
  4. Drink it while it is still warm.

A study conducted by the San Diego State University on rats has suggested that honey may reduce weight gain and obesity.

3. Lemon And Cucumber Detox Water

Lemon And Cucumber Detox Water
What You Need
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cucumber
  • Mint leaves
  • A pinch of salt
  • Water
How To Prepare
  1. Cut the lemon into wedges and slice the cucumber. Toss the pieces into the jar.
  2. Add a few mint leaves and a pinch of salt.
  3. Pour water into the jar.
  4. Drink this water throughout the day.

Cucumber is a low-calorie food with high water content (95.2% water). Studies have found that a diet low in energy density (low in calories) is an effective measure to improve weight loss and managing body weight. It is one of the most common DIY cleansing drinks to boost energy and metabolism.

4. Pineapple Lemonade

Pineapple Lemonade
What You Need
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • A pinch of salt
How To Prepare
  1. Toss the chopped pineapple in a blender and give it a spin.
  2. Pour the juice into a glass.
  3. Add the lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and salt. Stir well.

A study done on rats on a high-fat diet revealed that pineapple juice induces the upregulation of fatty acid oxidation by molecular gene regulation. Thus, it has the potential to reduce weight gain and obesity.

5. Orange And Carrot Juice

Detox Drinks - Good Morning Sunshine
What You Need
  • 1 orange
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Coriander leaves
  • Water
  • Ice
How To Prepare
  1. Slice the carrot and peel the orange. Chop and toss them into the food processor.
  2. Add a tablespoon of honey and throw in some coriander leaves.
  3. Add a little water. Give it a spin.
  4. Add ice before drinking.
  • Carrots are rich in beta-carotene and loaded with fibre. Foods high in fibre increase satiety (feeling of fullness) and decrease subsequent hunger. This help can help reduce food intake, thereby leading to weight loss.
  • Oranges are replete with vitamin C. Vitamin C is inversely associated with body mass. Adequate intake of this vitamin can help oxidize as much as 30% more fat when combined with moderate exercise. Thus, it may help you lose weight.

When Should You Drink Detox Drinks?

Detox drinks should not be your meal replacement. They can be taken as early morning metabolic boosters to maintain hydration levels. You can also drink them between meals.

Listed below are a few detox drinks that will keep you hydrated and act as a temporary weight loss solution.


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