The number on the scale isn’t the only way to measure weight loss. Anecdotally, most people who lose weight report losing inches around their waist first.
If you’re trying to lose a few pounds, here are drinking habits that can help you shed some of your excess weight.
The first step to losing weight has always been to drink plenty of water. Studies have shown that drinking lots of water (especially before meals) can increase the number of calories burned and reduce appetite, which means that drinking a lot of water could lead to significant weight loss over time.
- Adequate hydration is essential for maintaining healthy body functions. Dehydration can make you feel tired and impede your performance at work or during exercise. Drinking water also makes you feel full, which helps prevent overeating.
- Herbal teas like green tea have been shown to have fat-burning effects in addition to being loaded with antioxidants that are good for your health (and may even help protect against cancer).
- Black coffee is one of the best choices for a quick caffeine boost in the morning or before a workout. It’s calorie-free and contains antioxidants that may help protect against damage caused by free radicals. If you’re craving flavor, try adding a few drops of vanilla extract or stevia. When it comes to weight loss, choosing your cup size matters.
- Sodas, energy drinks and sports drinks. These sugar-sweetened beverages don’t provide any nutritional value, and substituting them for water or diet drinks can help you save hundreds of calories each day.
- Fruit juices and fruit nectars. Fruit juices don’t contain fiber, which helps fill you up, so they aren’t as filling as eating whole fruit. What’s more, many fruit juices have added sugar and other sweeteners, which adds calories to the juice without the benefit of fiber or nutrients to help slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. Sugar-sweetened beverages contribute to weight gain because they’re high in calories but low in nutrition.