When trying to lose weight, you probably think more about the food you’re consuming than the beverages you’re drinking. Unfortunately, this absent-mindedness towards what you’re drinking can hurt your weight loss efforts.
By being more conscious of what you’re drinking, you can actually choose beverages that help cut your calories, help your metabolism, and even curb your appetite. To help you make better choices when it comes to the liquids in your diet, here is a list of the best and worst beverages for weight loss, starting with the worst.
By now, you’re probably well aware soda is nothing more than empty calories offering you no nutritional value whatsoever and spiking your blood sugar in the process. For that reason alone, it should be eliminated from your diet.
Even drinking diet soda can hurt your weight loss efforts as it contains artificial sweeteners which have been linked to weight gain. If you’re serious about losing weight, cut out soda immediately.
Fruit juice is a controversial topic when it comes to weight loss. Being made from fruit, some argue juices are good for you. Unfortunately, nearly all fruit juices contain a lot of added sugar which makes most of them incredibly bad for you.
If you love drinking juice, help yourself out by drinking only 100 percent fruit juice. This can help you avoid added sugar, while still getting the benefit of the antioxidants and vitamins in the juice.
Similar to soda, energy drinks are packed with calories. Unlike soda, however, they do contain nutrients your body can use.
That being said, you can find similar vitamins in lower calorie foods that will fit into your daily caloric intake better. Sports drinks usually don’t hydrate you as well as water and often contain things your body doesn’t really need, so think about skipping them during your next workout.
Going out for a drink with coworkers on occasion won’t ruin your diet. In fact, many studies show the limited consumption of alcohol can actually be very beneficial health-wise. However, if you consume large amounts of alcohol or drink mixed drinks made with sodas, juices, or creams, the calories can add up quickly and can spoil your weight loss efforts.
Now that you know what to avoid, here are some of the best beverages for weight loss.
Water is hands down the very best beverage for weight loss. It contains no calories, keeps you hydrated, curbs your appetite, and helps you feel full longer.
Drinking the proper amount of water can also have a positive effect on your metabolism. In fact, research shows that increasing your water consumption by only two glasses can lead to a 30 percent rise in your metabolic rate. The end result? You burn more calories!
So how much water should you drink? That question is answered in the Salvation Diet, which I highly recommend checking out if you haven’t already. Read a review here: http://www.stabilitypact.org/salvation-diet-review-chris-walker-controversial-new-diet-flips-weight-loss-industry-on-its-biblical-head/
Salvation Diet author, Chris Walker, says…
“Many people ask how much water is enough? A good rule of thumb is to take your body weight and multiply that by .66. So for example, I weigh 180 pounds so the equation is 180 X .66 = 118-ounces. This is the total amount of ounces I need to drink each day. If I’m out in the sun or being extra active, I increase the amount of water since my body is using more.”
Vegetables contain high amounts of fiber and low amounts of sugar. Therefore, vegetable juice can help suppress your appetite. Studies even show drinking vegetable juice before eating a meal can actually lower your calorie consumption by up to 30 percent.
Throughout many different cultures, green tea has been tied to weight loss for generations. This is because the three main components in green tea aid in weight loss by giving you an energy boost, speeding up your metabolism, and curbing your appetite.
More recently, coconut water has become popular and for good reason. It contains electrolytes which can help with dehydration and increase your metabolism. It also has a sweet taste which keeps some people from missing their sugary sodas and juices so much.