If you are on a diet and are attempting to lose a little of the excess weight you have probably though hard about what foods you should be eating, and what foods you should be avoiding.
What you might not have thought about is what you should be drinking.
Unfortunately most of what we currently drink are not going to be the best for producing good weight loss results.
The reason being is that our usual soft drinks and caffeinated beverages are full of sugar, fat and calories.
So what should we be drinking and what should we try to avoid if our aim is to lose weight?
Worst Drinks for your Diet?
To work out what drinks you should try to avoid I am going to break down an average daily drink consumption to show just how many ‘extra’ calories you could be consuming:
- Before breakfast: Coffee with milk and 2 sugars = 80 calories
- Breakfast = Glass of juice = 112 calories
- Mid-morning = Coffee = 80 calories
- Lunch = Cola = 180 calories
- Mid-afternoon = Coffee = 80 calories
- Dinner = Red wine = 125 calories
- Evening = Beer = 150 calories
This works out to around 1000 calories in just one day, which when you think about it is half the recommended daily allowance for a woman. For some this is just a small amount of what they will consume over the course of the day.
Perhaps it is time to rethink what you currently drink? Start cutting out the soft drinks for sure, and cut back on the added sugar and milk too.
Best Drinks for your Diet?
Here are some suggestions of what you should be drinking:
There are numerous reasons why water should be your first choice when looking for something to drink.
Not only is water free from calories, but it is also free from sugars and fats too. This means that it wont add to your weight.
Drinking water before a meal can help to cut the amount you actually eat. It can also help to flush out those toxins that cause weight gain, with the added bonus of helping to give your skin and hair a good detox.
#2: Black coffee
Black coffee is simply coffee without the milk or cream, which means that it only contains around 8 calories per cup.
Another benefit of coffee is that it contains caffeine that can help to give your metabolism a boost, as it is a natural stimulant.
Just make sure not to overdo your caffeine intake, as there are side effects associated with too much caffeine. For instance you may suffer from headaches, the jitters and insomnia among other problems.
#3: Rooibos tea
This beverage is a good option as it contains almost no calories (if taken black and unsweetened) as well as caffeine free too.
This means that you can drink it late into the evening without it affecting your sleep patterns, unlike those beverages that contain a high percentage of caffeine.
#4: Green tea
Green tea contains EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) an antioxidant that has been shown to boost the metabolism.
As you should know by now is that your metabolism is important for burning calories and fat.
Green tea has very little caffeine present, and if drunk without adding milk or sugar it will contain very few calories.
#5: Red wine
We all enjoy the occasional tipple, and while you should not overdo your consumption of alcohol one or two glasses of red wine could help with your weight loss efforts.
This is because red wine contains resveratrol that can aid your metabolism.
Other benefits of resveratrol include the ability to protect against cell damage and age-related mental decline, as well as offering other benefits to your heart. Just make sure you drink in moderation.