We focus so much on what to EAT to lose weight, we sometimes forget about the beverages we drink. Certain beverages can help boost your metabolism, minimize hunger and make you feel full, all of which can help you fast track your weight loss.
Here’s a list of beverages that can help you reach your weight loss goals faster.
Green tea is considered by many to have several health benefits.
Green tea is packed with beneficial antioxidants and other powerful nutrients. It’s also one of the most effective drinks for weight loss. Drinking green tea has been shown to decrease body weight and body fat in several studies.
A review of 14 studies found that people who drank high-concentration green tea for 12 weeks lost an average of 0.44 to 7.7 pounds more than those who did not drink green tea.
Green tea also contains caffeine, which can help promote weight loss by boosting energy levels and suppressing hunger.
When it comes to weight loss, water is your best friend. Increasing your water intake is one of the simplest ways to improve overall health.
Drinking water helps boost your metabolism, cleanse your body of waste, and acts as an appetite suppressant. Drinking more water benefits your waistline by keeping you full in between meals.
Also, drinking more water helps your body stop retaining water, leading you to drop those extra pounds of water weight.
Drinking ice cold water helps boost your metabolism because your body has to work harder to warm the water up, therefore burning more calories.
TIP: Drink a tall glass of water before you eat. Drinking water before meals can make you feel fuller, reducing the amount of food you eat.
Caffeinated beverages like coffee can stimulate weight loss by increasing metabolism, decreasing calorie intake and stimulating fat burning.
BEWARE: Some coffee drinks contain a lot of calories! That frozen chocolate coffee drink may contain over 1,000 calories! Drink your coffee black or with powdered cream or a small amount of milk or cream. Or try an unsweetened alternative like almond milk.
Consider this: If you swap out your morning mocha latte for a cup of tea with lemon, you’ll trim almost 300 calories from your daily total.
Fewer calories aren’t the only benefit to black tea. Like green tea, black tea contains compounds that may stimulate weight loss.
Black Tea also has a type of flavonoid called catechins that may boost metabolism and help your body break down fats more quickly. And the caffeine increases your energy use, causing your body to burn more calories.
Bonus: What NOT to drink
Fruit juice can be high in sugar and calories. If you want to lose weight, skip the fruit juice.
Smoothies are famous for being high in hidden sugar.
If you are serious about losing weight, skip the alcohol. It adds needless calories and can slow down your metabolism.
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