If you are trying to lose weight, chances are you are concentrating on what you should eat or not eat. But what you drink is also important. So what is the best diet drink?
When people try to keep track of the calories they consume, they tend to overlook liquids. But, except for water, black coffee, and unsweetened tea, all liquids contain calories. And because liquids take up less space than solids, it’s possible to consume a lot more than you realize. By the time you feel full, you may have taken in nearly a day’s worth of calories.
In addition, psychologically, we associate chewing food with eating. If you don’t chew anything, you think you haven’t eaten and so haven’t consumed any calories. In reality, you may have consumed as many calories as if you had eaten a whole meal.
What About Juices?
Many people think that the best thing to drink to lose weight is juice. And juice is definitely better than soda. Juices contain vitamins and minerals that are part of a healthy diet-but only if they are pure juice. There are many “juice-like” products that contain only a small percentage of actual fruit juice and contain added sugar, coloring and additives. And they have almost as many calories as sodas.
Even pure juices contain calories. Having a glass of orange juice at breakfast is one thing, but if you drink several bottles of juice during the day, or one large bottle, you can be adding several hundred calories to your total daily consumption. Excess calories are stored as fat, regardless of their source.
Water is the best thing to drink to lose weight. First of all, it has no calories. And it has many other benefits. It aids digestion and helps to flush toxins from your body. Ice water can even increase your metabolism, because your body has to warm the water to be able to use it.
Another reason that water is a good diet drink is that it makes you feel full. Sometimes your body may give you a feeling of hunger when it is actually looking for liquids. This is especially true if you have eaten within the last four hours.
Drinking water is convenient and cheap. Most supermarkets carry 24-bottle cases of water for less than $5. Or there is always tap water. You can invest in a plastic water bottle and keep it filled up during the day.