Summer’s upon us and the trend toward skimpy clothing is prevalent. It’s time to diet in order to feel comfortable in those clothes. Studies have shown that drinking water will boost your metabolism as well as provide other health benefits. Let’s face it, though, water lacks the pizzazz needed to keep us interested in making it the only liquid we drink.

The infused water that manufacturers now create are primarily blended with chemicals and food coloring. Also not good. Today, however, dieters have discovered how to make tasty infused water for weight loss. Here are the most delicious recipes we recommend you try yourself.

1. Mint-Lemon Infused Water for Weight Loss

mint and lemon infused water for weight loss

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Ingredients

  • 2 mint leaves;
  • 1 lemon that has been sliced into rounds.

How to Prepare the Drink

To make this detox drink simply put lemon slices and mint leaves that you have wadded up into the pitcher. Wadding the mint leaves will release the flavor without getting pieces into the drink. Top with ice and fill the rest of the way with water then refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Health and Weight Loss Benefits

The lemons contain lots of Vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant and energy booster. They contain smaller amounts of riboflavin, vitamin B6, calcium, thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, panthothenic acid and manganese. These nutrients reduce the risk of stroke, fight the formation of the free radicals that cause cancer, increase the absorption of iron and boost the immune system.

When it comes to weight loss, the fact lemons contain high amounts of vitamin C helps the body burn more fat during exercise while filling up the dieter. Consequently, they end up with the calorie deficit needed by the end of each day in order to lose weight.

2. Cinnamon Apple Infused Water for Weight Loss

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Ingredients

  • 1 cinnamon stick (don’t use powered cinnamon as it won’t dissolve);
  • 1 apple thinly sliced with the seeds cut out.

How to Prepare the Drink

Put the cinnamon stick and apple slices in the bottom of a pitcher. Fill 1/2 the pitcher with ice and fill the rest of the way with water. Refrigerate 1 hour before drinking.

Health and Weight Loss Benefits

Apples are rich in flavanoids, antioxidants, vitamins C and B complex and phytonutrients. They can help manage hypertension, diabetes and heart disease as well as reduce the risk of developing cancer. Cinnamon, on the other hand, contains glutathione, methylhydroxy chalcone polymer and volatile oil. In combination, apples and cinnamon have been used to soothe upset stomachs, lower bad cholesterol, suppress appetites, boost calorie burn, and more.

Additionally, because apples are loaded with fiber they keep you full longer by suppressing your appetite and reducing the urge to snack. Because they are filled with insoluable fiber, apples trap cholesterol so it can be removed from your body while slowing the absorption of carbohydrates. Their antioxidants reduce oxidation of fat cell membranes. And, because they are a low sodium food, they prevent the retention of water.

3. Strawberry Basil Infused Water for Weight Loss

Ingredients

  • 10 strawberries;
  • 1/4 cup of basil leaves.

How to Prepare the Drink

Cut strawberries in half and place them inside a pitcher or the canister of a water infuser along with basil leaves that have been scrunched in order to release their flavor without leaving bits. Add the water. Allow the mixture to sit in the refrigerator or a cool, dark place for 4 to 8 hours. It should be consumed within 48 hours in order to receive the maximum health benefits.

Health and Weight Loss Benefits

Strawberries and basil contain the essential vitamins A, B, E and K that help the body absorb calcium and iron while boosting energy levels, supporting the immune system and helping to maintain metabolic functioning. Strawberries also help improve weight loss because they promote the production of adiponectin and leptin, both of which are fat-burning and metabolic hormones.

Anti-inflammatory enzymes also repair tissue damage resulting from previous internal injuries so you can exercise more during your weight loss program. The copper, iron, magnesium and calcium they contain also improves protein synthesis while helping the body burn fat and build muscle.

4. Ginger Mango Infused Water for Weight Loss

Ginger Mango Detox Drink

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Ingredients

  • 1″ ginger root;
  • 3 cups of mango.

How to Prepare the Drink

Peel the part of the ginger root that you’ll be using. Slice it into pieces the size of coins. Place them in the bottom of your pitcher and add the mango that has been cut into chunks. Add ice then top with water. Refrigerate for 1-3 hours. Freeze some of the mango in ice cube trays prior to pouring your drink. In that way you can cool the drink while giving it an attractive appearance.

Health and Weight Loss Benefits

Mangoes contain vitamins A, B6, C, E and K as well as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folates and flavonoids. They also contain calcium, carotenes, iron, copper, magnesium, potassium, manganese and zinc. New research studies have revealed that mangoes have been found effective at protecting the body from various cancers, maintaining healthy mucosa and skin, controlling heart rate and blood pressure.

When it comes to weight loss, mango peels contain phytochemicals which have been found to bust fat so it’s important when using them for infusion that the peels be left on. Ginger, on the other hand, contains vitamins B5, B6, A, C, E and K. Ginger’s greatest benefit is that it improves your overall digestive system by regulating and aiding in the movement of food through the stomach and intestines. When everything moves as it should, you will lose weight.

5. Pineapple Lime Infused Water for Weight Loss

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Ingredients

  • 2 limes;
  • 2 lemons;
  • 1/2 pineapple;
  • Fresh parsley leaves.

How to Prepare the Drink

Squeeze fresh juice from the limes into a pitcher. Add 2 lemons and 1/2 a pineapple cut into wedges. Add fresh parsley leaves that have been crushed. Top with ice then fill the rest of the container with water. Refrigerate for 2 hours before drinking.

Health and Weight Loss Benefits

Limes and lemons are packed with vitamins C, B6, A, E, and K. They also contain citric acid, thamin, niasin and other important nutrients and minerals. Limes are also packed with calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc and copper. Limes are known to be effective for weight loss because they are fat burners while improving the skin, relieving constipation and indigestion.

Pineapples fuel the body by supplying the nutrients necessary for weight loss. They have unique inflammation-fighting enzymes, one of which is bromelain, and are packed with fiber. They also have an abundance of vitamin C which turns fat into fuel as well as manganese which is a mineral needed to metabolize fat and carbohydrates.

6. Lemon Dragon Fruit Infused Water for Weight Loss

sliced dragon fruit

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Ingredients

  • 1 lemon;
  • 2 dragon fruit;
  • 1 cucumber.

How to Prepare the Drink

Squeeze fresh lemon juice into a pitcher. Cut dragon fruit into wedges, slice the cucumber thin and add the ingredients to the pitcher. Top with ice then fill the rest of the way with water. Refrigerate for 2 hours before drinking.

Health and Weight Loss Benefits

The benefits of lemons for weight loss have been discussed above, but dragon fruit brings different benefits to diet programs. They contain high amounts of vitamin B complex, C and E along with polyunsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants and much more. As such, they help improve digestive systems, lower blood sugar levels and accelerate metabolisms. Their fibrous nature and low calorie content also help you feel full longer.

Finally, cucumbers are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. They boost immunity, improve digestion, flush toxins, keep the skin hydrated, fight inflammation and lower the risk of various cancers. Due to their unique flavor, the combination of ingredients serve as a great infused water supplement for diets.

7. Berry Blast Infused Water for Weight Loss

raspberry and blueberry infused water

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup blackberries;
  • 1 cup raspberries;
  • 1/2 cup cranberries;
  • 2 cups strawberries;
  • 2 mint leaves.

How to Prepare the Drink

Cut all the fruit in half so the juice can be infused when water is added. Add the mint sprigs after crushing them. Put all the ingredients in a pitcher and cover with ice. Fill the rest of the pitcher with water and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Health and Weight Loss Benefits

Blackberries are extremely high in fiber and antioxidants. Their high vitamin and mineral content is believed to help reduce the risk of heart problems, periodontal disease and improve the decline in motor and cognitive functioning. The fact they contain manganese makes them an ideal diet choice since they have been shown to help the body metabolize carbohydrates, amino acids and cholesterol.

Raspberries are also high in fiber. Their phenolic compounds and nutrients called rheosmins help to decrease fat cell sizes. Cranberries’ high content of iodine, vitamin A, carotene, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, antioxidants, minerals and organic acids make them extremely valuable during weight loss programs while increasing health benefits.

8. Strawberry Cucumber Grapefruit Infused Water

Strawberry Grapefruit Infused Water

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Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber;
  • 2 whole grapefruit;
  • 2 cups of strawberries;
  • 2 mint leaves.

How to Prepare the Drink

Cut the cucumber into thin slices, quarter the grapefruits, cut the strawberries in half and crush the mint leaves. Add all the ingredients to a pitcher and cover with ice. Fill the pitcher the rest of the way with water and refrigerate for 2 hours before drinking.

Health and Weight Loss Benefits

Cucumber, strawberries and mint were covered previously, however, grapefruit has its own benefits when infused in water. Although grapefruit comes in various colors, they all range in taste from sweet to sour but more often in-between. They contain health-promoting phytochemicals like beta-carotene, lycopene, limonoids and flavonoids.

When it comes to dieting, grapefruit has been shown in scientific studies to significantly reduce high-fat content in the human body, abdominal fat accumulation and the development of hyperinsulinemia, hyperglycemia and hyperleptinemia.
Grapefruit also helps to fight obesity. The bromelain in grapefruit breaks down cellulite and the fact it has a high vitamin content, especially vitamins A and C, and bioflavonoids boosts immunity.

Summing it Up

Drinking infused water is right on trend. However, perhaps its greatest benefit is that it improves overall health and guards against a variety of diseases. Of course, while dieting it’s always important to maintain a consistent exercise program with healthy meals in order to achieve the results you want.