We all love a chocolate milkshake or a margarita every now and then but these drinks are derailing all those New Year weight loss resolutions that you made. So, it’s pretty obvious that they’ve got to go but what can you replace your favourite drinks with? Fortunately, there are plenty of refreshing sips that you can drink without guilt — and they may actually help you lose weight. Here are eight delicious ways to quench your thirst without piling on the pounds so you can slim down and look great in 2017:
1. Skim Milk
We already know that milk is good for your bones due to its high calcium content but did you know that adding more of this white liquid to your diet can help you lose weight faster? Calcium actually suppresses calcitriol, which is a hormone that makes you fatter. So with calcitriol out of the equation, your body can break down fat much faster.
While drinking copious amounts of coffee is a major NO-NO, coffee in moderation suppresses your appetite and increases your metabolism due to the caffeine in contains. Stick to 1-to-2 cups a day to feel the difference and don’t add any sugar or creamer in your daily cuppa.
(Read more: How To Include Coffee As Part Of An Anti-Cancer Diet)
3. Green Tea
Besides reducing your risk of cancer and heart disease, green tea contains catechins, antioxidants that studies show can help reduce belly fat. If you sip a little before a workout, these compounds can also increase your fat burn during aerobic exercise.
4. Vegetable Juice
According to a study done at Pennsylvania State University, drinking a glass of vegetable juice before your meals will cause you to eat 135 less calories. Why? It helps your body maintain proper fluid balance, stops water retention, and even increases the feeling of fullness so you eat less overall.
5. Watermelon Juice
As long as you don’t add sugar to the mix, watermelon juice is a terrific, belly-flattener. Not only is it a natural hydrator because of its water content, watermelon is also loaded with nutrients, including cancer-fighting lycopene, as well as an amino acid known as arginine.
6. Yogurt-based Smoothies
Smoothies are often thick and luscious to drink and that’s also exactly why they’re so great at helping you slim down. The thickness of the smoothie will kill your appetite while adding yogurt to the mix can help you lose 61 percent more fat and 81 percent more belly fat due to its probiotic punch.
(Read more: Creative Ways To Cook With Yogurt)
Please note that the suggestions here are intended as a guideline only and does not replace sound medical advice from a professional nutritionist. Consult your doctor before starting any type of diet.
7. Whey Protein Shakes
A spoonful of whey protein added to your daily diet could be the difference between fat and fab. Whey is a component of milk and could be healthier than other types of protein as it helps you to regulate blood sugar and insulin for less fat storage and more fat burning.
8. Ice Cold Water
You can burn up to an extra 100 calories per day if you start drinking ice cold water instead of warm water. The reasoning? Your body has to work harder to burn calories in order to heat the cold water back up to match your body’s core temperature.
Please note that the following suggestions are intended as a guideline only and does not replace sound medical advice from a professional nutritionist. Consult your doctor before starting any type of diet.