The 10 Best Drinks for Weight Loss – Men's Health

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They taste great and won’t break the bank.
Don’t get caught up in social media claims that weight-loss beverages are the magic bullet to shedding pounds. There is no one beverage that can make that happens, says Melanie Boehmer, R.D., at Lenox Hill Hospital. Sorry.
It’s dangerously easy to consume excess calories from your favorite drinks without even realizing it, Boehmer says. And that makes it hard to lose weight.
Some of those high-calorie drinks include cocktails, soda, and even smoothies. For example, a can of soda contains about 140 calories, with 39 grams of sugar and no other nutrients. That means you’re not fueling your body with good-for-you nutrients like fiber for heart health, protein for muscle health, or healthy fat for satiety. And that means you’re more likely to eat more later. Not good news if you’re trying to lose weight.
And yes, we said smoothies: Unless you’re preparing your own and can carefully monitor the ingredients, you’re in for a calorie and sugar bomb. A small smoothie from a popular chain smoothie place contains—wait for it—300 calories, with 62 grams of sugar. For context, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting added sugar to just 24 grams per day.
Hydration, Boehmer says, is the key to helping with weight-loss goals. Being adequately hydrated not only helps your body function properly, it also makes you less likely to crave foods you’re trying to avoid, Boehmer says.
According to a 2016 study published in the Annals of Family Medicine, people who were adequately hydrated had lower body mass indexes compared to those who were not well-hydrated.
So while calorie-free water is your best bet for hydration and weight loss, there are plenty of other drinks you can have when you’re trying to lose weight. Here are some of the best drinks for hydration and weight loss.
Boehmer says water is always your best bet when it comes to hydration. The specific amount you need each day varies depending on temperature, elevation, and activity level.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine says that guys “who appear to be adequately hydrated” consume about 125 ounces of liquid a day.
Guys who drink dairy may want to incorporate milk into their snacks. Milk is a good source of carbohydrates, fat, and protein—which can minimize hunger, says Boehmer.
An eight-ounce serving of 2 percent milk contains roughly 122 calories and 8 grams of protein. However, Boehmer recommends including actual food with your protein-packed drinks since that increases satiety.
While your favorite cuppa doesn’t promote weight loss, according to the Mayo Clinic, you can add coffee to your list of drinks to have while you’re trying to lose weight.
Coffee is virtually calorie-free (about 5 calories per 8 ounces) when you drink it black. And a splash of milk—dairy or plant-based—won’t send your caloric intake into freefall, either. Just hold off on adding sugar, which can quickly add calories to your drink.
Fruit-infused water is helpful for those who want a little flavor in their H20, without extra calories or fake sweeteners. Make a batch the night before and place it in the fridge for a stronger flavor.
Protein shakes can be a good drinkable snack. However, you’ll want to find something that’s been tested for quality assurance, says Boehmer.
Products that contain NSF International’s “Certified for Sport”designation have been tested to ensure they only contain the ingredients listed on the label. Again, pair it with food to increase satiety.
Subbing seltzer for tap water is an easy way to add variety. Boehmer likes to add frozen fruit instead of ice for extra flavor. Pro tip: flavored seltzers taste great alone and enhanced with extra fruit. Just don’t down a six pack of sparkling water since that could damage enamel.
Juices can easily tack on the calories—which may not align with your weight-loss efforts. Yes, even vegetable juice, which can contain added sugars.
Choose brands that have no (or very little) added sugar or make your own. Diluting bottled veggie juices with water can cut back on sugar, too.
You may need to replenish electrolytes after a strenuous outdoor workout, says Boehmer. She recommends Nuun tablets because they taste great and provide sodium and potassium.
“If you’re more hydrated you’re more likely to make a thoughtful decision about what to eat,” she says.
There’s a lot of excitement surrounding tea’s ability to help you lose weight. Green and black teas contain antioxidants that some studies show may help with weight loss. However, Boehmer says there’s not enough evidence that drinking tea significantly aides in weight reduction. But it is low in calories and one way to get more water—just watch how much caffeine you consume, she says.
“As you get later into the day you want to watch the caffeine that you’re having because it can impact your sleep,” says Boehmer.
Although juice can be high in calories and added sugar, depending on the variety, Boehmer says it can be included in your weight loss plan. She recommends diluting it with water and slowly increasing your ratio of water until the juice is just an accent.
You might want to start with a half a cup of both juice and water. Then, use 1/4 cup of juice to 3/4 cups of water. This will keep you hydrated without overdoing it on calories. Be sure to buy 100 percent juice that doesn’t included added sugars.


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