Ok you have decided you want to lose weight, you are gun-ho and ready but nothing seems to be happening. Let’s take a look at five beverages for fat loss.
Have you considered what you are drinking might be a leading cause in your stubborn fat sticking around? That’s right sneaky calories that you don’t even realize you are guzzling down can help you pack on the pounds and prevent you from losing. All is not lost you just have to learn what drinks to stir clear of and what beverages pack a powerful punch to team up on your fat loss efforts.
Five Beverages for Fat Loss
These drinks should be consumed in addition to a healthy meal plan. A liquid diet is not the way to go. It may help you for a few weeks, but its really hard to maintain for eternity. Yes, that’s right, I said eternity because if its not forever you will start gaining weight as soon as you wean yourself off that liquid diet.
We have all told ourselves before, “It’s just to jump start my weight loss, once I shed a few pounds I will persist, eat a healthy diet, and be motivated.”
Let’s be real and cut the bullshit, this isn’t gonna work and you have probably used this excuse a time or two already and you are still in the same boat. It doesn’t work because you are trying to use some magic pill, even if it does have beneficial effects they aren’t going to last. You aren’t learning anything by not starting on a healthy diet to kick start your fat loss. After two weeks of liquid shakes you aren’t all of a sudden going to be an expert in eating healthy.
So lets do this right. Eat healthy and use drinks that support your fat loss goals to aid in the battle!
Here are the top 5 beverages that Help you Banish Fat
The miracle drink, the nectar of the gods, coffee probably the mightiest little bean of all. Can you even function without your morning cup of joe? Better phone it in and roll back over if there is no coffee to be brewed in my house. Its simply the drink that separates you from your caveman ancestors first thing in the morning to a respectable functioning adult.
As if this wasn’t enough coffee can also help in your weight los s efforts. Coffee can act as a mild appetite depressant. To stave off hunger pains try a shot of coffee if it isn’t quite time to eat yet. Now if its time to eat by all means eat!
Coffee can also help burn some extra calories by giving you an extra boost of energy to get through your workouts.
Make sure you aren’t loading up your coffee with sugar and creamer or you will be counteracting its benefits. You also want to keep your consumption between 2-3 cups so you aren’t dehydrating yourself and getting caffeine jitters.
If you are sensitive to caffeine coffee might not be the best choice for you.
Are any of you tea drinkers out there? Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, so you definitely aren’t alone. Its a perfect weight loss drink if you aren’t loading up on the Sweet Tea variety. No Large Sweet Teas from Mcee Dee’s here. Those babies are super calorie packed. I’m pretty sure they dissolve a gallon of sugar in that container! If you stop at the golden arches be sure to get the unsweetened tea.
These types of tea have flavonoids in their leaves that contain disease fighting powers. Tiny tea ninjas, yes please! Flavonoids have been noted for helping our immune systems and fending off free-radical damage to cells. Basically they can help us fight against chronic diseases. Tea is considered a plant based food so that’s one more win in the book.
Green tea has antioxidants called catechins (ECGC and polyphenols). Studies have shown the ECGC antioxidants mixed with caffeine give a metabolic boost. To see the effects you will need to drink 5 to 6 cups of the green tea per day, with the tea cups being about 4 ounces each. (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) This isn’t going to be a giant life alternating metabolism boost but every little bit helps when you are at war with the battle of the bulge.
Can drinking too much tea effect your body’s iron absortion?
The tannins found in tea can make it more difficult for your body to absorb iron from food at meals. To prevent this you can add some citrus to your tea, such as a squeeze of lemon. Foods high in vitamin c boost iron absorption. Choosing to drink you tea between meals instead of with meals is also helpful.
A word of caution: Teas can effect people differently. Some people have a negative reaction to the caffeine. Green tea can cause stomach upset in some individuals. Matcha (a shade grown green tea) is actually a powder of ground tea leaves, has been shown to contain lead. There are trace amounts of lead in regular green tea leaves as well. Matcha poses more of a risk because you actually consume the leaves instead of just steeping them in your tea. One independent group, ConsumerLab.com, which tested teas, estimates that a cup of Matcha may contain as much as 30 times more lead than a cup of green tea. Therefore, they recommend drinking no more than one cup daily, and not serving it to children.
Herbal Tea Infusions
Herbal teas not actual teas because they are made up of plants, barks, and flowers not that actual plant the green and black tea varieties come from. They may not have the same health benefits of traditional teas. Most herbal teas do not contain caffeine. If you have caffeine sensitivities they may be a great solution for a warm beverage. Tea infusions are great for a low/no calorie beverage when you are wanting something besides water and they can be served hot or cold. Not too many studies have been done on herbal teas so they are best as a flavorful non calorie beverage. Read the packaging to find out what is in the infusion you are drinking and see how your body reacts to know which types work best for you.
You most likely cant survive 7 days without water. Its kind of a big deal. It has so many functions in the body it is widely thought of as the most important nutrient. If you are dehydrated drink water. Water is involved in all the cellular processes of your body, which includes your metabolism. If you are dehydrated your metabolism doesn’t work as well meaning its not running in prime condition and it will hinder your weight loss.
Am I really hungry?
Our body’s have a hard time telling if we are hungry or thirsty. If you get that empty, crazy-hangry feeling try drinking an entire glass of water before opting for a snack. After the glass is finished give your body a few minutes to adjust. Still feeling hungry? Then you truly need to eat. Drinking a glass of water before each meal will help you fill up faster and eat less, which means less calories going into your body.
How much water should I drink?
Aim to drink about an ounce of water for each pound you weigh every day. Someone weighing 100lbs can aim for about 100 ounces of water a day. This can be adjusted if you are exercising a lot or out in the hot sun. If you are mostly sedentary and in a cool environment you would most like be ok with a bit less than 100 ounces a day.
Tips to get in your water
- Add a couple of fresh citrus squeezes
- Add Berry/fruit infusion
- Try carbonated water : make sure you read the labels, plain carbonated water just contains water and air. Some companies add artificial ingredients, sweeteners, and sodium to change the flavor. Plain carbonated won’t cause you to gain weight, its just as good as its non bubbly counterpart. If you have a sensitive stomach it could cause bloating so start small and see how you react.
Milk is full of vitamins and minerals. It’s rich in vitamin D and protein. Protein keeps you full longer so you aren’t always feeling hungry. It’s a very nutritious and low cost choice without added sugar and sodium.
Milk contains casein protein, which digests slowly over time. This basically means your muscles receive a small amount a food at time. It is usually taken at night in the hopes it will slow down muscle breakdown. We want as much muscle as we can get because muscles burn fat!
We also get a dose of tryptophan and calcium when we consume milk. Both of these help us sleep which also aids in weight loss. Remember everything in moderation. A mega dose of milk even if you are not lactose intolerant can lead to stomach distress and extra calories.
Plan of Action
Replacing your high calorie calorie drinks with these five beverages for fat loss will have you seeing great weight results in no time. Try one or two replacements every couple of weeks to see which ones work best. Which of these drinks do you prefer to help conquer your goals? We would love to hear from you!