The secret to getting rid of those extra pounds may be as simple as watching what you drink. According to WebMd people get a whopping one fifth of their calories from the beverages they consume each day, and that can easily add up to several calories which may be preventing you from losing weight.
The best way to lose weight and reach your goals is to switch out calorie laden drinks with these seven weight loss drinks:
Water–This one is pretty obvious, but it’s the best choice for effective weight control. Make water your number one choice for beverages throughout the day and you’ll slash the number of calories you’re drinking quite significantly, especially if you’ve been drinking a lot of beverages full of sugar like soda, sports drinks and fruit juice.
Recent research, according to WebMd reveals people who drink more water may be boosting their metabolism. Drink water on ice and you’ll lose even more calories because your body burns more calories to lower the temperature of cold water.
Vegetable Juice–Vegetable juice is an excellent way to drink the fiber and nutrients your body needs to boost losing extra pounds. Blend your own vegetable juice or choose from low-sodium varieties. Vegetable juice keeps you feeling fuller longer. It’s tangy, and drinking it cold will also help your body burn more calories.
Green Tea–-Drinking green tea has a modest effect on weight loss because the mix of caffeine and catechins help burn calories. According to Lorie A. Parch in the Natural Health article “Burn, Fat, Burn,” one study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals that study participants consuming an extract with high catechin content increased their energy expenditure by four percent over twenty-four hours.
Low-Fat Milk–Get the power of calcium without the extra calories by drinking low-fat milk. A study done by the Curtin University of Technology found that increasing low-fat dairy–up to five servings each day–can help you burn fat. Study participants who consumed five servings of low-fat dairy each day over three months lost significantly more fat compared to a control group that consumed the same amount of calories without the dairy. The study also revealed that the low-fat dairy consumers lost more belly fat (Dunn).
Black Coffee–Opt for black coffee instead of soda or energy drinks for fast energy. Black coffee is a zero-calorie drink and it’s rich in antioxidants. According to WebMd studies reveal drinking three to four cups of black coffee each day may improve concentration, mood and reduce the risk of several types of cancer and type 2 diabetes.
Coconut Water–Coconut Water has approximately 46 calories per cup and contains several vitamins, minerals and electrolytes essential for health according to the Livestrong article “Coconut Water and Weight Loss.” Coconut water is also high in fiber, potassium, protein and vitamin C.
Apple Cider Vinegar––Apple cider vinegar weight loss research has been mixed. Some argue there has not been enough studies to confirm its effectiveness for weight control, while others affirm it helps fight fat. A 2009 Prevention magazine article “Metabolism Booster! Vinegar” stated that the results from a study presented at the Japanese Society of Nutrition and Food Science revealed that 175 men and women who took one to two tablespoons every day of apple cider vinegar for 12 weeks lost more fat including visceral fat than those from a control group who did not drink apple cider vinegar.
While apple cider vinegar is low in calories, it’s also very acidic and can cause stomach and throat irritation as well as damage tooth enamel if taken often. Make sure to check with your doctor before taking apple cider vinegar as a daily tonic because it may interact with some drugs and supplements. Be sure to dilute apple cider vinegar with plenty of water if you’re going to use it for a weight control drink.
Weight Loss Drinks
Watch what you’re drinking and see your waistline disappear. Replacing high-caloric drinks with ones that promote weight loss may be more effective for losing those extra pounds than skipping the same amount of calories in food. Research from John Hopkins University shows that eliminating 12-ounce servings of sugary drinks leads to a pound of weight loss in six months (“Limiting ‘Liquid Calories’ Leads to Greater Weight Loss”).
The experts speculated that beverages are not as satisfying or may cause different physical responses in the body. One thing is certain, say the researchers: Liquid calories have had a huge impact on the obesity epidemic in America.
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“Coconut Water and Weight Loss.” Livestrong.
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“Limiting ‘Liquid Calories’ Leads to Greater Weight Loss.” Tufts University Health and Nutrition Letter. July 2009, Vol. 27 Issue 5, p8-8.
Parch, Lorie A. “Burn, Fat, Burn.” Natural Health. December 2005/January 2006, Vol. 36 Issue 1, p95-99.