Do you want to lose a few pounds? So change not only what you eat but also what you drink.
In 2019, one in two adults was overweight in the Netherlands. It is therefore not surprising that many people want to lose a few pounds. We all know what it takes to get in shape: Boot camps, gyms, healthy salads, and fewer calories. However, we often forget an important part: be careful what we drink. These 11 healthy drinks could promote weight loss.
You won’t be surprised to learn that water is number 1 on this list. Water is the healthiest drink you can drink if you want to lose weight. Drink a glass of water before a meal, and you will quickly find that you feel fuller. Often you think you are hungry when in fact, you are thirsty. “The more water you drink, the more weight you lose,” says nutritionist Ilana Muhlstein. The amount of water you should drink per day varies from person to person. 1.5 to 2 litres per day is the minimum for one person, while another needs 3 litres. Drinking enough water not only helps you lose weight but is also perfect for your skin.
2. Water With Fruit:
At some point, you can get bored of water. One solution is to make your water taste different. You can easily do this by adding some fresh fruit and letting it steep in your water. You can also add a little juice to your glass of water, such as cranberry, orange, or grapefruit juice. That way, your “boring” water tastes a bit sweeter, but it’s still one of the healthiest drinks if you want to lose weight.
3. Green Tea:
Green tea contains unique antioxidants, catechins. These catechins are believed to boost metabolism and make your body burn more fat. An analysis of fourteen studies showed that people who drank green tea lost about four pounds more than people who didn’t.
4. Sour Cherry Juice:
Poor sleep is often linked to obesity, weight gain, and difficulty losing weight. One fruit that can help you sleep better is sour cherry. Eating tart cherries or drinking tart cherry juice can improve the quality of your sleep. This tasty and healthy fruit juice is naturally high in melatonin and tryptophan. These substances allow you to fall asleep faster and sleep much more profound and more prolonged. In an animal test, two groups of rats were given the same high fat diet. One group of rats received lyophilized sour cherry powder, and the control group did not. The rats given the sour cherries saw a nine per cent reduction in abdominal fat and other signs of metabolic disease.
Good news for all coffee lovers: a cup of coffee can help you lose weight. As long as you don’t add a lot of milk and sugar, of course. A recent study shows that drinking four cups of coffee a day can lead to a 4% reduction in body fat. According to researchers, caffeine has a positive effect on your metabolism.
6. Psyllium Fibre In water:
Psyllium fibre is a kind of soluble fibre, which is used in Metamucil fibre supplements. Psyllium absorbs moisture in your body and can help you feel fuller, so you can eat less.
7. Grapefruit Juice:
If you are craving a sugary drink, fruit juice seems like a good, healthy option. Unfortunately, this is not entirely true. Although fruit juices seem healthy, they are often powerful sugar bombs. It is not a good idea if you want to lose weight. If you still want to drink fruit juice, opt for a small glass of grapefruit juice. In a 12-week study, 100 obese men and women were divided into three groups. The first group ate half a grapefruit before each meal; the second group drank a glass of grapefruit juice before each meal; the last group did not take grapefruit. On average, grapefruit eaters lost around 1.6 pounds and those who drank grapefruit juice lost 1.5 pounds. The control group,
8. Coconut Water And Watermelon Water:
During or after exercise, it is suitable for your body to drink a sugary drink. However, do not choose a sports drink from the vending machine, but choose, for example, coconut water or watermelon water. Both of these drinks are low in sugar, but they help you drink enough after exercise. Watermelon is rich in L-citrulline, an amino acid that helps remove lactic acid from muscles and reduce muscle pain and fatigue. Want to make your watermelon water? Combine 1200 grams of ripe seedless watermelons (diced) and a cup of cold water in a blender or food processor. Mix until the water is liquid.
9. An Organic Vegetable Protein Milkshake:
Protein is the building block of muscle, and it promotes satiety. It can help with weight loss. High protein drinks can be an effective weight-loss tool if they are low in calories, especially if you drink them as a meal replacement or snack.
10. White Tea:
When it comes to healthy tea, green tea is a real star. However, white tea is also healthy and can help you lose weight. White tea contains a potent combination of caffeine and EGCG catechin, which burns fat. Test-tube studies show that this catechin prevents the formation of new fat cells. Research shows that white tea stimulates the metabolism and the body’s ability to break down existing fat and use it for energy.
11. A Low-Calorie Smoothie:
Low-calorie smoothies with protein powders are an excellent way to fight hunger pangs. It is better to prepare such a smoothie yourself to know exactly what is in your drink. Take a spoon of protein powder, some frozen berries, (almond) milk and mix everything.