Are you trying to lose weight? You’re not alone. While there are no particular drinks that can make you shed instantly, certain beverages can keep you satiated for longer and prevent you from consuming excess calories throughout the day.
There are also certain drinks we take in — particularly sugar-sweetened beverages — which account for unnecessary calories in the body which lead to weight gain and unfavorable health effects.
Here are some low-calorie drinks you should incorporate into your diet to achieve your weight loss goal.
Increasing your water intake is one of the easiest ways to improve your overall health.
Water has no calories and also tends to fill you up so you don’t overeat.
According to research, taking water before a meal helps you cut down on calories and lose weight.
Drinking enough water has also been proven to increase resting energy expenditure — the number of calories you burn while resting — by 24-30% in just 10 minutes.
Also, a 2019 study found that increased water intake and replacement of caloric beverages with water result in a loss of 5.15% in body weight.
So henceforth, ditch those caloric drinks and sip water.
Due to the caffeine in it, most people take coffee to improve their mood and energy. However, it can also help in weight loss.
Drinking coffee has been shown to decrease appetite and calorie intake while also increasing the number of calories you burn while resting.
However, adding creamer, milk or sugar increases coffee’s calorie content, which can cancel out the weight loss benefits.
So drink it black or with lower-calorie additions like almond milk.
- Protein shakes
Protein shakes or smoothies are drinks or beverages that are high in protein content.
The protein content in these shakes and smoothies curbs hunger; promotes fullness, and decreases appetite, which is quite important when trying to shed some pounds.
A study also found that protein drinks increase the level of hunger-reducing hormones and decrease ghrelin, a hormone that increases appetite.
Whey, pea, and hemp protein powders are some types of drinks you can add to your diet today to lose those calories.
However, while getting them, make sure to check the product labels in order to avoid getting the ones with too much sugar.
- Black Tea
Black tea is great for weight loss due to the high content of antioxidants — called polyphenols — present in it.
A study has shown that the polyphenols found in black tea promote weight loss and reduce the risk of obesity.
It found that it reduces calorie intake, stimulates fat breakdown, and boosts the growth of healthy gut bacteria.
- Ginger Tea
Ginger is mostly known to be a spice and a herbal remedy for some conditions like nausea and cold.
However, some studies have proven that it has beneficial effects on weight loss and also cardiovascular health.
Due to its antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and a compound called gingerol in ginger, it can improve blood sugar and reduce bad cholesterol.
Ginger tea also reduces appetite and increases the number of calories needed to digest and absorb food.
- Green Tea
Green tea is rich in two powerful antioxidants — catechins and caffeine.
These antioxidants, according to a study, are beneficial to weight loss as they help increase fat burning and boost metabolism.
- Vegetable juice
It is generally known that eating vegetables is beneficial to health. However, turning them into juice also help lose weight.
Taking vegetable juice will reduce carb intake which will eventually lead to the loss of significant calories.
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