What you drink can make as big of an impact on your weight-loss efforts as what you eat. While soft drinks, sodas, and sugary coffee concoctions are off limits, there are plenty healthy and delicious thirst quenchers to help you stay hydrated, boost your energy, and banish the munchies. Check out our list below of the beverages that belong at the center of any successful weight-loss plan.
Green tea has been touted for centuries for its ability to boost your metabolism and spur weight loss. Catechins, the antioxidants in green tea, have been shown to melt belly fat and improve your body’s overall fat-burning process. In one study, people who drank four to five daily cups of green tea before a 25-minute workout (or 180 minutes a week), lost two more pounds than exercisers who skipped tea time.
It goes without saying that water is one of the best drinks for weight loss because it has zero calories, has nourishing minerals, and helps your body function. Ensuring that you drink plenty of plain H20 will keep your metabolism humming and prevent overeating. A study in the Annals of Family Medicine found that people with higher BMIs were the least hydrated.
Much of what our body interprets as hunger is actually thirst. Try drinking a full glass or two of water before you sit down to a meal. A study published in Obesity found that overweight adults who drank 16 ounces of water half an hour before their meals lost three more pounds than those who didn’t — and up to nine pounds at the end of 12 weeks. The average person should aim to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily. Toss in some fruit into your water to infuse some natural sweetness. Check out these 50 Best Detox Waters for Fat-Burning and Weight Loss!
You know that milk and sugar contain calories, but even if you stir a negligible amount into your morning joe, it can add up to some seriously sabotaging numbers. Get this: If you add two teaspoons of sugar and two ounces of whole milk to your coffee and drink two cups a day, that amounts to an extra 728 calories a week. If you take your coffee black, you can fry a pound of flab in less than five weeks!
You don’t have to stick to plain beverages for weight loss. There’s plenty of room for creativity in our best-selling book Zero Belly Smoothies! It rounds up tons of recipes that combine fat-burning proteins and potent superfoods to slim your waist, rev up your metabolism, soothe your digestive system, and turn off your fat genes forever. Test panelists dropped an impressive 16 pounds in just 14 days! They can make your life easier, too. By blending a smoothie for breakfast, you’ll bypass all the extra dishes that make the meal a chore. (More time for a workout.)