Trying to lose weight can be a difficult process, but one of the biggest obstacles is often our own habits. Fortunately, many common drinking habits can also help you lose weight as you age. So if you’re struggling to shed those extra pounds, start by examining your alcohol consumption.
Choose Your Drinks Carefully
Not all drinks are created equal when it comes to losing weight. If you want to keep the scale tipping in your favor, then it’s important to choose your drinks wisely. Start by avoiding drinks with high calorie counts, like wine coolers and super-sweet cocktails. For example, a large glass of wine cooler can have about 200 calories, which is about 10% of the recommended daily intake for an adult male and 13% for an adult female.
If you’re looking for a low-cal drink that still has some flavor, then stick with beverages like vodka and soda water with a splash of lime juice or some other light mixer.
Drink Water Before Every Meal
Drinking water helps fill your stomach so you eat less food during meal times. There’s no harm in drinking a glass or two of water before each meal and this habit can help you lose weight over time.
Of all types of tea, green tea is the healthiest and most effective for weight loss. Not only does it have a high amount of antioxidants, but studies have shown that regularly drinking green tea may actually burn fat and increase metabolism due to its caffeine content. Caffeine is well known as a natural stimulant and thermogenic ingredient which helps to raise energy levels and body temperature during exercise
Choose clear liquors over dark ones
The darker a liquor, the higher the calorie count – so it’s better to pick vodka than tequila or whisky. Vodka is almost calorie-free, but it doesn’t taste like much of anything on its own. That’s why it’s important to pair it with low-calorie mixers, such as diet soda or club soda with a splash of cranberry juice, tonic water or fruit juice. If you want something more flavorful, stick with fresh fruit garnishes and muddle them in your drink for some natural sweetness without any added sugar.