What you drink has a major impact on your waistline, and there are several drinks that can add more calories to your diet and many others that can help you lose weight through their positive metabolic effects. Including as many weight loss drinks in your diet as you can will help you lose weight, and it's even better when you replace sugar drinks in your diet with low calorie or no calorie drinks. Drinking mostly water is always a good idea and water is the most obvious choice for a beneficial weight loss drinks, but there are several other options such as green tea, coffee, flavored water, various types of tea, smoothies and other drinks that can be very helpful at keeping your weight down. Some of these drinks are approved for use on the HCG diet during phase 2 and others are not, and if they are approved it will be mentioned below.
Water is one of the best drinks that can help you lose weight
Most of us simply don't get enough water in our diets, because of this it can be very easy to get dehydrated. Dehydration can lead to excess calorie consumption, and drinking more water is one of the easiest ways to battle this. Staying hydrated will help you eat a lower amount of calories at each meal, and several studies have linked drinking water regularly with a lower calorie consumption per week. Water is available everywhere and convenient, but the best thing to drink is filtered or spring water ideally, as it will have fewer contaminants and compounds that can cause health symptom. Try to drink water with every meal and increase you water consumption if you find that you are regularly dehydrated, and you will be very likely to lose weight.
The best way to drink water for weight loss is when it is ice cold. Drinking cold water causes your body to expend a few more calories to warm it up, and if you drink it regularly enough those calories will add up. You also lower the amount of water retention when you drink more water, so it helps you shed water weight if you have been struggling with it. Water of course is allowable on the HCG diet and highly recommended to help you through the diet, and it can make the early days of phase 2 a lot easier. Drinking water before you eat also results in an average of 75 fewer calories per meal, which adds up to 27,000 fewer calories each year. So just by drinking water before your meals you can lose around 8 pounds, and it is truly one of the easiest ways to lose weight.
Peppermint tea doesn't just freshen your breath, it can help you burn fat
Peppermint tea can also help you lose weight but you have to be extremely careful about what you add into it. A Starbucks peppermint mocha definitely won't help you lose weight as it contains about 250 calories and several grams of sugar. Adding extras like cream will give it even more calories. If you want to drink peppermint tea to lose weight you should drink it without any sweeteners with the exception of stevia. Unsweetened peppermint tea has been shown to help control food cravings, and it can also calm down indigestion and gastrointestinal upset while promoting healthy digestion. It is also a great tea to help you relax, and by controlling your stress levels you can also often control your appetite. Lowering your cortisol levels can keep you healthy and maintain a normal blood pressure.
Studies have found that peppermint tea can reduce anxiety levels by up to 20 percent and it can also reduce feelings of frustration by up to 25 percent. Stress has a bigger impact than you may think on your weight, and it can lead to a whole host of negative consequences when it is not properly managed. Stress can force your body to go into a flight or fight response that can drive you to eat because eating can sometimes temporarily relieve the feelings of stress. This can quickly become a dangerous habit that can lead to weight gain. Like peppermint tea, relaxation practices and yoga can also be very helpful for managing stress levels and reducing your need to eat. Peppermint tea may also be helpful at reducing dangerous visceral fat, or fat that surrounds the organs and that can lead to dangerous conditions like metabolic syndrome.
Green tea is one of the best weight loss drinks
Unsweetened green tea is without a doubt one of the best weight loss drinks because of its wide range of health benefits. Green tea can break down abnormal fat through the effect of various phytochemicals and antioxidants. Green tea is loaded with bioactive substances including caffeine which is well known to help with weight loss. The caffeine in green tea can help suppress the appetite and also help you get better performance out of your workouts. Although green tea has less caffeine than coffee, it still has a substantial amount, enough to create a metabolic boost. The biggest weight loss benefits of green tea is the catechins in it which are antioxidants that can boost the metabolism, as well as a compound called EGCG which has been shown in research to boost metabolism.
Green tea, like most of the other drinks mentioned in this article has the best benefit when it is unsweetened. With the wide range of sweetened green tea drinks available on the market you will definitely want to be careful with the type of tea that you purchase. The best thing to do is to simply make your own tea, where you can actually control everything that goes into it. Also keep in mind that some of the same benefits that you can get from green tea can also be obtained from taking a green tea supplement. However, it can sometimes be easier to drink the tea and it can sometimes even be less expensive. Adding sugar, or even natural sweeteners like agave nectar or honey can be detrimental to your weight loss efforts. Try to replace as many drinks in your diet as you can with low calorie drinks like green tea and others.
Try flavoring water with natural flavorings
Using lime, lemon or fresh squeezed orange to flavor water can be a great way to create your own flavored drinks without a ton of extra calories. It's even better if you can eat the fruit with the water, but at the very least you should never add any sweeteners to your drinks. The same idea goes for smoothies; there are several different types of fruit that can work well with smoothies. Fresh lemon flavored water can be very satisfying in between meals and it can take some of the dullness out of regular water. Try different unsweetened drinks and find out what works the best for you, and if you are trying to lose weight you should be careful with adding fruit juices to water or drinking smoothies too much as the extra calories from them can quickly add up. Even if you are losing weight you can usually lose weight even faster when you avoid drinks that are loaded with calories and other additives and ingredients.
For more information about the other beverages that can help you lose weight and which drinks you should avoid, try out a round of the HCG diet which includes a detailed protocol which explains what you should and should not drink when you are trying to lose weight, including guidance about alcohol, fruit juices, and other calorie drinks and how they can affect your weight. In general you will avoid most calorie drinks during Phase 2 of the diet and be allowed to drink some during Phase 3.