5 Weight Loss Drinks That Can Help You Lose Weight
1. Ice cold water
Not only should you drink water to stay hydrated, but drinking ice water has been shown to burn more calories than drinking plain room temperature water. Drinking ice cold water causes your body to burn up to 100 extra calories per day. It is estimated that drinking ice cold water could help you lose up to 10 pounds a year.
Drinking water can also make you lose weight in other ways. Drinking water before a meal can fill you up so you eat less food. Water is one of the cheapest weight loss drinks out there, so you should drink at least 2 liters of water a day.
Have you ever been sitting down and can hear your stomach growl? You think you’re a little hungry, so you go and have a snack? Well, if you drink water you can stop this feeling. As often you are not hungry but you are dehydrated.
Another great benefit of drinking ice water is that the more water you drink, the less water your body will retain, so you’ll look slimmer and less bloated.
2. Diet drinks
Now, I’m not saying go out for diet soda if you don’t drink sugary drinks. But if you tend to drink cola or sugary drinks, switching to diet drinks will save you hundreds of calories a day. Of course, if you don’t drink them, you’re probably better off. In my experience, when I’m dieting, I like to have a glass of diet soda once in a while because it makes me feel like I’m eating something sugary when I’m not.
3. Green tea
People have used green tea for years. Green tea is said to contain antioxidants that remove all the bad toxins from the body. From a weight loss perspective, green tea is said to speed up the body’s metabolism and drinking just a few cups a day could cause your body to burn up to 35% more calories. Now I don’t think this number is true, 35% sounds like a lot, and like many diet claims I would take this number with a grain of salt.
However, many studies have been done on green tea, and many of them have reported that it does, in fact, speed up your metabolism, which will help you burn more calories. If you are looking for a weight loss drink that has health benefits and makes you lose weight, I would recommend trying green tea, however, I am not a fan of it. It is not to my taste and I have not seen any weight loss effects when I have taken it in the past.
4. Whey protein
Taking whey protein alone will not help you lose weight, it will keep you fuller longer, and it will also help you maintain as much muscle as possible when dieting. This should be a goal for everyone when dieting, very often I come across dieters who don’t know what they are doing and end up losing fat and muscle. This leads them to not be happy with the end result because they just end up skinny and fat.
If you’re tracking your calories, adding whey protein to your diet is a great way to get enough protein without breaking the bank. Whey protein is cheaper than its food equivalent. I recommend getting a good brand name protein so that you actually get the amounts of protein advertised on the packaging.
Coffee is a great weight loss drink as it suppresses hunger and increases metabolism. It will also provide you with enough energy to get through your tough workouts. Drinking too much coffee will make you dependent on it and cause some nasty side effects. I personally hate coffee, I have never liked the smell or the taste. I also believe that it is unhealthy and that anything that can speed up your heart rate is not worth it to me.