Why You Should Drink Coconut Water If You’re Trying to Lose Weight

Coconut water has become more and more popular, and for good reason. Not only is it super refreshing and delicious, sipping on the nutrient-rich beverage can help you look and feel your best — and lose weight. Here are three reasons you should stock up on coconut. 

Boosts Metabolism

Super-rehydrating coconut water can increase your energy expenditure by 50 percent for up to five hours, say Italian researchers. Credit goes to the liquid’s rich stores of manganese, which stimulate the thyroid’s production of the metabolism-boosting hormone thyroxine.

Flushes False Fat

This tropical sip is significantly more effective at hydrating the body than plain water, report Malaysian researchers. That’s because coconut water contains potassium and sodium — key electrolytes that balance fluid levels within cells and prompt the body to release excess fluid that causes bloat and puffiness for an instant slimming effect.

Balances Blood Sugar

Magnesium in coconut water increases cells’ sensitivity to the blood sugar–regulating hormone insulin, dialing down blood-sugar fluctuations that cause cravings. In fact, Indian researchers found that sipping coconut water daily can improve blood-sugar control by 41 percent in two weeks.

This story originally appeared in our print magazine.

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