Want to wriggle into a curve-hugging dress but despair at your pudgy belly? Dr. Oz – the legendary cardiothoracic surgeon and author – has a super-simple solution. Take 2 1/2 cups of lemon juice and 15 peppermint leaves. Freeze the peppermint leaves and lemon juice together in an ice cube tray. Add 3 cubes to a glass of water and have at least 3 glasses of this icy water through the day. According to the doctor, “Indigestion is one of the most common causes of bloating. Peppermint improves the flow of bile to digest fats better. Lemon adds flavor so you won’t have to use sweeteners that can also cause bloating.” Could anything be simpler?
If you want a more permanent way to banish body fat, Dr. Oz recommends Kim Lyon’s Fat Flush Water recipe. For this, simply combine the following in a large pitcher: 1 grapefruit (sliced; can substitute with lemon), 1 tangerine (can substitute with oranges), 1 large cucumber (sliced), 10-20 mint leaves, water and ice cubes. Make a big pitcher of this Fat Flush Water every morning and drink at least one 8 ounce glass three times a day before each meal for 10 days straight.
How does it work? Grapefruit and lemons are loaded with vitamin C to help your body turn fat into fuel; tangerine and oranges increase your sensitivity to insulin, stabilise blood sugar and stimulates genes to burn fat; cucumber helps you feel full and acts as a natural diuretic, which means less bloating and water retention; and peppermint is not only refreshing but also promotes better digestion and calms the stomach.