Lots of water help if you are on a diet too. The body won't retain excess water if it knows it will receive more.
People come up with all these crazy "formulas" for how to burn fat on diets. While I agree you should drink water on a diet, the forumla has been SIMPLE since the beginning of time.
Regardless of WHAT you eat or drink, burn more than you put IN.
Example: Officer Candidate School, 60 days of getting my ass whooped from 4:30am to 11pm. Guess what, 3 HUGE meals a day, and because it was in the south (Alabama), almost everything was fried food. Sure, you had like 2 mins to eat it all, but to give you an example, breakfast was:
-4 Pancakes with tons of syrup
-oatmeal bowl with raisins and tons of sugar on top
-bowl of frosted flakes
-biscuits and gravy
-toast with peanut butter
I ate that every single day. Lunch and dinner were no different, TONS of food, almost NONE of it "healthy." BUT....we were getting our asses smoked so much, we burned that off and then some. I dropped almost 20 lbs in 2 months down there, some people dropped more weight. The formula was simple, burn more than you put in. Although my peak strength wasn't as high, my endurance and overall fitness were awesome.
People that buy into all these retarded pills, scales that measure calories, "lean cuisine" meals and crap.....all the while wondering why they aren't losing weight when they barely exercise 20 minutes per week...
It's one thing if you are a competitive bodybuilder, but for most average joes...