What beverages we drink can impact just as much on our weight as what we eat. And nope, you don’t have to pay $$$ on fancy bougie juices or detox supplements.
While there’s no one magical weight loss drink, some beverages can keep you satiated longer, and prevent you from eating extra calories. Some beverages can even boost your metabolism and burn calories more efficiently.
We have rounded up 8 drinks that you should include in your weight loss journey and being healthy!
A no-brainer, water is essential to everyone’s living. However, did you know that research has found that within 10 minutes, water helps to increase an additional 24% to 30% of calories burned even while being still? It benefits the kidneys and liver to detoxify, and satisfy your appetite. Many times, we confuse hunger for thirst. So, next time when you are reaching out for a snack, try drinking a glass of water to see if it fulfills that hunger. If you are really just thirsty, this will do the trick. But if it’s still the hunger that you are feeling, time to eat something healthy!
2. Green Tea
Green tea contains two powerful ingredients — (1) catechins and (2) caffeine. Research has shown that caffeine helps to burn fat and increases how many calories you burn when at rest. A regular cup of green tea contains 24 to 40mg of caffeine. A study conducted in 2005 observed that overweight and moderately obese participants see a significant reduction in waist circumference by drinking a green tea mixture with 150mg of caffeine for three months, compared to those who just drink solely green tea.
Coffee is used by people around the world to boost energy levels and lift mood. This is because coffee contains caffeine, a substance that acts as a stimulant in the body and may benefit weight loss.
Coffee can reduce energy intake and boost metabolism, which may help you lose weight. Unfortunately, the calorie-burning qualities in coffee don’t last forever. Coffee drinkers actually become tolerant to these effects over time. So when it comes to losing weight in the long-run, coffee should definitely not be relied upon. Adding creamer, half and half, or sugar increases coffee’s calorie content, which can cancel out the weight loss benefits. Therefore, drink it black or with lower-calorie additions like almond milk.
4. Black Tea
If you are sensitive to caffeine, black tea is a great alternative to coffee! Just like green tea, black tea consists of lots of great antioxidants, especially polyphenols which help to reduce your risk of obesity. A study conducted in 2018 found that the polyphenols in tea reduce how much your body absorbs fat and sugar content. Through this, it helps to decrease your calorie intake and aids in losing weight.
Kefir is fermented milk that is similar to yogurt, but it contains up to 61 strains of gut-loving probiotics. Probiotics can help to reduce weight and belly fat as it helps in insulin resistance, inflammation, and fat storage. A 2016 study conducted over a course of 8 weeks showed that overweight and obese women following a dairy-rich, non-calorie restricted diet who drank 2 servings of kefir had a significant reduction in their weight, BMI, and waist circumference.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar
The key ingredient that aids in weight loss is acetic acid — improves metabolism, decreases insulin levels, and even curb food cravings! A study conducted on individuals with Type 1 diabetes found that apple cider vinegar slows down the rate at which food is digested and emptied out from the stomach. Meaning, it helps to satiate your cravings, making you feel fuller for longer by just adding a few spoonfuls in your drinks!
Important: Beverages that contain high acidity can cause teeth erosion and aggravate heartburn. Therefore, add 1 to 2 tablespoons and dilute it with 1 cup of water for daily consumption.
7. Ginger Tea
Warm zesty ginger tea’s role in weight loss has more to do than just tasty hydration. Ginger contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases and other health stressors. It is due to a compound — Gingerol that helps to improve blood sugar levels and reduce “bad” cholesterol from the body.
8. Protein Shakes
A superb way to pack additional vitamins and minerals. Protein powders have been shown to help with weight loss as protein keeps you feeling fuller longer and requires more energy for your body to break them down, therefore, as a result, you burn more calories.
It induces the body to produce hunger-reducing hormones like GLP-1 while decreasing ‘ghrelin’ — a hormone that increases appetite that causes you to overeat.
Ultimately, it is agreeable that the most effective way to lose weight loss is through healthy lifestyle changes — diet, being mindful of what you eat, sleeping enough, and exercising regularly. That being said, incorporating these beverages may help to enhance your weight loss results, keeping you more satiated, increasing your metabolic rate, and even, suppressing your appetite.
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