Liquid calories are just as important as the calories you get from food. Though many people overlook the role of beverages in their diet, this is a mistake. Even with a healthy diet, drinking a lot of high-calorie drinks like soda or juice can impede or even reverse weight loss. However, calories in versus calories out isn’t the only consideration when choosing your drinks.
Here’s how a few of the most popular drinks can influence your weight-loss goals:
Many people think that diet soda is no big deal since it has no calories or sugar. However, the popular diet drink can actually cause you to gain weight, if not to make losing weight much harder. The artificial sweeteners can alter your hormonal balance and make it harder for your body to process insulin, which plays a significant role in how your body processes fat and sugar. If you are having trouble losing weight, you may need to look at your diet soda habit.
Tea and Coffee
Most teas and coffee can help you to burn fat and lose weight more quickly. The caffeine stimulates your metabolism, and some teas, like green tea, contain properties that promote fat burning. Of course, you can’t add a lot of sugar, milk, creamers or other flavorings without adding fat, sugar and calories to these drinks. Take them plain or with a bit of Stevia for the best results.
Water is one of nature’s best gifts for weight loss. Drinking plenty of water can help your body flush out toxins and can naturally increase your metabolism. Drinking more water also helps fight bloat. Though it may seem counterintuitive, drinking plenty of water keeps your body from retaining water because it doesn’t feel like the supply is limited.
Medically reviewed by Jay J. Garcia, MD on May 3, 2014