Drinks to avoid when you are trying to lose weight

If you’re serious about losing weight you know you shouldn’t be drinking certain types of drinks.

You know what I’m talking about… the super-flavoured, super-coloured, fizzy stuff. They’re really high in sugar, and have virtually no nutritional value. You probably already know this. It’s pretty obvious really. If you’re on a weight-loss diet, soft drinks shouldn’t even be on your ‘cheat day’ list.

But did you ever think that there may be other drinks that are just as bad for your diet as soft drinks are?

Well, here are some more drinks that could seriously sabotage your diet and weight-loss efforts.

1. Alcoholic beverages

Yes, yes… There are some alcoholic drinks that aren’t AS bad as others, but the bottom line here is that alcohol is both toxic to the body (unhealthy) and high in empty calories (bad for dieting). If you want to minimise the damage but still have a drink, then ONE GLASS OF RED WINE or one double whisky should be your drink of choice. Don’t have more than this, and certainly don’t drink sugary spritzers, ciders, or beer if fat loss is your goal.

2. Coffee drinks

Coffee by itself is fine – provided you’re talking about the black, unsweetened type.

As soon as you add milk you’re adding unnecessary calories to your diet. If you’re adding milk AND sugar or drinking ‘fancy’ things like caramel latte then you’re no longer drinking coffee, you’re effectively eating a sugar-filled meal.

Cut the calories and just drink the coffee as it comes. Black and strong. If you don’t like the taste, then drink water or tea. Don’t ‘sweeten it up’ with loads of milk and sugar (even sugar substitutes!)

And if you replace the cow’s milk with almond milk or soy… don’t think you’re getting away with it! These substitutes still count towards your day’s total calories!

3. Fruit juice

Freshly squeezed fruit juice that contains the pulp of the fruit is not entirely unhealthy. But it is not the HEALTHIEST option either. Although it does contain some fibre and goodness, it still contains far less “good” than the actual fruit does. If you’re craving something sweet, rather eat a fruit instead of downing a whole glassfull of juice.

What often happens is that dieters drink fruit juice as their main form of hydration, and fail to realise that they are ingesting a lot of extra calories that they are almost certainly failing to count.

Fruit juice counts towards your daily calories. If you’re thirsty, drink water. If you’re craving sweetness, eat a dried date, or a fresh piece of fruit.

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