Chill out . . . it’s good for your waistline. New research from weight-loss scientists suggests you can chisel out your abs with one surprisingly simple trick.
Eating ice each morning can lead to a marked reduction in body fat, reports the Annals of Internal Medicine, with each litre of liquid correlating to a 1500-metre run.
Ingesting cold substances forces your body to expend energy as it attempts to raise your core temperature – meaning you ditch kilos with sub-zero effort.
Test out these creative cubes and watch the weight thaw away.
JUICE IT UP
After your workouts, try crunching some frozen watermelon juice. The American Chemical Society found that the fruit’s amino acids help to relieve post-training soreness and aid fat loss. Oh, and it tastes like a slushie.
TAKE A SHOT
Coffee doesn’t have to be scalding. Freeze your espresso shots into cubes for an easy morning boost that will kickstart your body’s ab-burning mechanisms. Crunch it down or add two cubes to a glass of cold milk.
Dilute your favourite chilli sauce with water or add jalapeño chillies to an ice tray for a hot way to cool off your cravings. Chilli has appetite-shrinking properties, meaning you’ll be burning body fat as well as your tongue.
Smarten up your next cocktail by freezing mint leaves inside ice cubes. Not only does it look swankily decadent, the herb is also packed with antioxidants that will help lower your disease risk. Just go easy on the gin!
Potential percentage growth of healthy brown fat from living in a cool environment.
SOURCE: THE GARVAN INSTITUTE