Wanting To Shed Pounds? Drink This, Not That!

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When it comes to healthy weight management, what you drink can be just as important as what you eat.
Many people don’t realize how many extra calories they consume daily due to sugary drinks, but they really add up. Choosing high-calorie beverages over water several times a day can pack on as much as 400 additional calories. For overall health, it’s important to drink at least 64 ounces of water a day, but that doesn’t mean plain old H2O is your only option for heathy hydration.

These easy drink swaps can help you cut calories and potentially boost your weight loss success:
Your morning latte200-300 caloriesA ready-to-drink lean protein shake with caffeine170 caloriesYou’ll be turning your morning cup of java into a satisfying nutrient-fortified breakfast. You’ll still get your caffeine boost, but with a healthy dose of vitamins and fewer calories, carbs and sugar. Plus, you’ll enjoy the added benefits of protein—which contributes to energy and satiety, which may aid in appetite control.
Lunchtime lemonade180 caloriesNaturally flavored sparkling water0 caloriesIt’s fizzy, refreshing and provides a splash of flavor. It’s also a great way to add some variety to your daily water intake.
Sweetened bottled ice tea with dinner135-225 caloriesIce tea made from green tea—unsweetened or sweetened with a zero-calorie sugar substitute0 caloriesIt’s an easy way to slash 100-200 calories and keep you from going over your daily budget. Plus, green tea is loaded with antioxidants and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a type of flavanoid called a catechin that may supports metabolism. Green tea also contains caffeine, which has thermogenic properties, which is what happens when your body torches calories to produce heat.
A post-workout can or bottle of soda140-230 caloriesOne bottle of pure whey protein isolate110 caloriesSure, it has some calories, but not as many as soda. And, unlike soda—which has no nutritional value—it has potassium to help replenish lost fluids and it’s packed with 20 grams of muscle-refueling protein. The sugar and empty calories of soda can’t hold a candle to that.


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