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What happened?  You hit 40 and your belly just started to slowly expand despite your best attempts to control it?  We know you’re thinking, “I’m getting fat!” and you’re starting to panic, aren’t you?  Of course, fighting the battle of the bulge after 40 takes on a new urgency and more work, but that may not be the only reason you seem to be expanding around the belly.

The problem could be bloating.  What would you say if we told you that one of your most powerful allies when it comes to weight loss isn’t the newest cardio science or a complicated diet, but … water? When your belly is bloated, filling up on water seems like the last thing you want to do, but it helps prevent bloat in two ways. When you’re not drinking enough fluids, your body retains water to prevent dehydration. Drinking water also prevents constipation, which is another cause of a bloated belly, that’s right. Good ol’ H20 can rev your metabolism, help you lose serious weight and maintain that flat belly.

Combine plain water with proven fat-burning superfoods to create belly bloat fighting water and you’ll have an elixir that energizes you, fights bloating and helps you achieve your weight loss goals.

1. Grapefruit Mint Detox Water

Aside from being as refreshingly tart as an Amy Schumer routine, grapefruit has serious health benefits: A study published in the journal Metabolism found that those who ate grapefruit for six weeks lost a full inch off their waistlines. Why? The fruit is rich in phytochemicals, a bioactive compound that burns fat. And mint has been known to suppress appetite. One study published in the Journal of Neurological and Orthopaedic Medicine found that people who sniffed peppermint every two hours lost an average of 5 pounds a month! 

2. Lemon Mint Detox Water

Lemon is a common detox ingredient for good reason: An antioxidant in its peel stimulates liver enzymes to help flush toxins from the body.

3. Goji Cucumber Mint Detox Water

Goji berries add more than a sweet-and-tangy taste to your detox water: The superfood has a slimming effect! In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, participants were either given a single dose of L. barbarum, the plant from which goji berries are harvested, or a placebo after a meal. The researchers found that one hour after the dose, the goji group was burning calories at a rate 10 percent higher than the placebo group. The effects lasted up to 4 hours! (Just be wary of any unwanted side effects: The energizing fruits are known as “the Viagra of China.”)

4. Pomegranate Strawberry

Pomegranates are the stuff of ancient legend, and for good reason: The seeds have three kinds of antioxidant polyphenols, including tannins, anthocyanins and ellagic acid, which all help fight and prevent damage to your body caused by free radicals.

5. Coconut Persimmon Detox

This one’s a great option for detoxing after a gluttonous meal: Persimmons are rich in toxin-mopping vitamins A and C and high in, ahem, elimination-speeding fiber. They also have a small amount of manganese, which is important in the metabolism of fats and protein.

6. Watermelon With Aloe Vera

One of the great weight-loss secrets, aloe vera juice has been a mainstay in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. The juice helps maintain weight by balancing the digestive system and regulating female hormones; it’s also believed to enhance fertility!