Drinks That Should be Avoided During Your Diet

August 18, 2011

Healthy Diet

If you are on a diet to lose weight, be careful with the drinks you have.

Choosing the right drinks improves metabolism, represses appetite and reduces the amount of calories. Here are some suggestions of drinks that should be avoided if one is on a diet.

First of all, avoid soft drinks. They are liquid that consists of water, sugar, color, flavor, sodium and carbon dioxide. Because of their sweet taste they are absorbed quickly and the body receives hundreds of unnecessary calorie and less nutrients.

Most of the soft drinks (especially cola, sodas, sparkling water, etc.) lead to obesity. You can at least count the calories in the soft drinks you consume – they are usually about 44 kcal per 100 ml. Bottle usually contains 250 ml or 500 ml. If you add an inappropriate drink to your main menu and the snacks, you will also add about 100 calories and you will not have the effect you want for your body.

Second, try to avoid the fruit juices. Just like the sodas, they contain a lot of calories – about 45 kcal per 100 ml. They say “Of two evils choose the lesser” and if you trust this saying you will choose having fruit juices instead of the soft drinks. They are definitely the lesser evil because there are also a number of nutrientsvitamins, antioxidants, flavonoids.

The important question is how to benefit from juice without taking unnecessary sugar?

The only way is by choosing 100% natural juices. Look at the label of the drink before you buy it – there should not be added sugar. Actually the most appropriate drink whose consumption does not affect our weight is vegetable juice. It is rich in nutrients and low in sugar and calories. A glass of tomato juice, for instance, contains 41 calories less than about 4 sips of orange juice.

The third place is for the shakes. Homemade shakes are just as tasty, refreshing, enjoyable, and rich in calories as those in cafeterias. At home, at least you can control the amount of the added sugar. Shake is easy to prepare – the fruit (banana, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.) is strained; you add milk until you achieve the desired consistency and then you just shake it up. All this, however, is not so low-calorie although it is homemade, but it is the lesser evil.

Water is the drink that any nutritionist will advise you to have while you are having a diet. The only liquid that can satisfy your thirst is water.  Frequent sips of water can save you a bunch of unnecessary calories. Water has 0 calories.

Drink a glass of water when you feel hungry.

Water is one of the best tools for weight loss, first of all because it often replaces high-calorie drinks like soda and juice and alcohol with a drink that doesn’t have any calories. But it’s also a great appetite suppressant, and often when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually just thirsty. Water has no fat, no calories, no carbs, no sugar. Drink plenty to help your weight-loss regimen. Even when you do not feel thirst or hunger, it helps your body to have normal functioning of the metabolic processes.

If you get bored with drinking plain water change things up by adding lemon to your water. Just a tablespoon of lemon juice should be enough to make things interesting and give the water some flavor without adding a lot of sugar and calories.

This web page is for information and support only and NOT a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment! Nothing on this web page should be construed as medical advice. Please check with your own physician about any information that concerns you.

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