When you think weight loss, you probably think about what’s on your plate.
But what about what’s in your glass?
Paying attention to your consumption in the liquid department can quickly pay off in the form of looser jeans and a lower number on the scale.
Here are our top three ways for slimming down by drinking smart.
- Stop drinking your calories.
Seriously, stop it!
- One serving of orange juice = 20-30 grams of sugar, or 4 to 6 teaspoons (about 100% of the recommended daily intake)
- One soda = 40 grams of sugar, or 8 teaspoons (160% of the recommended daily intake)
- One venti caramel apple spice from Starbucks = 83 grams of sugar, more than 16 teaspoons of sugar (330% of the recommended daily intake)
Consuming this much sugar puts you on an ultra-fast speedway toward weight gain, not to mention inflammation and a number of health issues that come with it.
Normally, we wouldn’t recommend completely cutting out a food (or in this case, drink) that you absolutely love. However, these sugar-loaded beverages might just be the exception to that.
Cut them out and you’ll notice a marked difference in how you feel.
- Hydrate to shed pounds.
Multiple research studies have shown that drinking more water leads to more weight loss.
Why? Well, several reasons.
First, drinking plenty of water ensures you stay hydrated, meaning you’ll be less likely to get thirsty and reach for the dangerous drink temptations mentioned above.
Second, drinking water helps you feel full, which means you eat less.
How much should you drink?
Take your body weight in pounds and divide it in half. That’s the approximate number of ounces of water or non-sugary beverages you should ideally drink each day.
- Sip on something smart.
Some people just aren’t fans of drinking water, plain and simple.
Help it go down the hatch a bit easier by concocting yummy, good-for-you infused water in your own kitchen. Infused water contains zero calories and tastes so refreshing, especially when the weather warms up.
- Strawberry Orange Fruit Infused Water
Slice up eight to ten strawberries and one orange (you can leave the peel on!). Place the sliced fruit in a medium-sized tumbler or pitcher and fill the rest with water.
Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, then enjoy.
- Cucumber Lemon Infused Water
Follow the same steps as above using one lemon and one medium-sized cucumber.
- Herb Infused Water
Tear several fresh basil or mint leaves. Place in a tumbler and fill with cold water. The longer you let it steep, the stronger the flavor will become. You can also replace the water with green tea or mint tea for a hydrating twist.
- Make Your Own Combo
We’ve seen water flavored with watermelon and even kiwi! Get creative and find out what flavors you like best.