If you are trying to lose a little weight then you might have already overhauled your diet, cut back on the junk and started to eat more fresh foods such as fruit and vegetables.
What you may not have done though is replaced your intake of sugary drinks with something a little healthier.
Did you know that drinking just 2 sugary drinks a day could increase your risk of a heart attack by 35%?
Of course you may think about replacing the sugary drinks with ones made from artificial sweeteners, but research has concluded that these may even be worse for you.
Although they contain very few calories, they are still sweet so when you consume them your body will expect to get an energy boost. When this does not happen due to the lack of calories your body will instead start to crave sugar to compensate.
So what are the best alternatives to sugary drinks? Read on to find out for yourself.
#1: Beetroot Juice
Beetroot juice has been proven to reduce blood pressure. It is also perfect for use before you exercise for giving you a much needed energy boost.
Drinking it pre-workout will ensure that your body needs less oxygen to produce energy.
#2: Coconut Water
Coconuts contain a type of fat called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are healthy fats that can help:
- Burn fat
- Reduce your appetite
#3: Olive Leaf
Olive leaf contains potent antioxidants like hydroxytyrosol and oleuropein that can reduce LDL (the bad type) cholesterol levels, which will help to reduce your risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.
There is also research that suggest that it can bring down blood pressure too, while also strengthening your bones.
Tea is a good alternative to your usual sugary drinks, just make sure to avoid adding sugar or cream to it.
One of the best types of tea you can drink for weight loss is green tea and this is because it contains EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate), which is a type of antioxidant that can boost your metabolic rate, plus help break down body fat.
This may surprise you but milk is a good choice for helping with weight loss as it is full of both calcium and protein. Both of which help make you feel fuller for longer.
You can also use milk post-workout as it can help aid muscle repair, with chocolate milk shown in studies to be the best.
Chocolate milk contains a good balance of both carbohydrates and protein, which is why elite athletes such as Mo Farrah use it.
When choosing milk, it is best to go for non-organic varieties, as the organic variety has lower levels of iodine, which is needed for a healthy metabolism.
#6: Tap Water
Tap water is a perfect alternative to sugary drinks, but many of us do not drink enough of it.
Unlike those sugary drinks that are full of calories, plain tap water contains none.
It has been shown however, to help curb your appetite and can flush out toxins within your body. Resulting in clearer skin and healthier hair and nails.
Drinking more water is an easy way to boost your weight loss efforts.