These days it's hard to avoid ads for diets that claim to rid you of belly fat. Every social network and sponsored page seems to have featured ads touting the miracles of "flat belly diets". There are a whole host of reasons why fat accumulates in the belly and abdomen region; that discussion is outside the scope of this article. However, a key point that comes up in almost every blog and article about belly fat is the importance of hydration.
To stay healthy and hydrated, you should drink about 2 liters of water each day (more if you are exercising or live in a dry climate). One liter is approximately 33 ounces, so that's a little more than eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day (or 4 16.9-ounce bottles - sounds much more manageable that way, doesn't it?). Water, to many of us, seems plain and boring and we use that as an excuse for drinking less healthy alternatives, like soda, tea, and coffee. Here's a recipe that just might encourage you to drink those 2 liters of water every day. It's called Sassy Water, and this recipe was handed out by the lady who owns the gym I attend. Her name is Sharon and she owns the Anytime Fitness located at 1144 N. Houston Levee in Cordova (see the link for details about the facility and a map of the location).
2 liters water
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1 medium lemon, thinly sliced
12 small spearmint leaves
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Let flavors blend overnight. Drink the entire pitcher of water (strained) over the course of the next day.
Going through the steps to make your pitcher of water for the next day will help you establish a routine of healthy habits. According to Prevention Magazine, the ginger will also help soothe your GI tract.
Thanks again to Sharon for kicking off the "I Lost it at the Club!" program last night and sharing this recipe with us.