When it comes to gaining or losing weight, your organism cares only about one thing, calories. Unfortunately, there are a plethora of misconceptions about losing weight. For example, there is a generally accepted myth that it is better to eat six times a day in smaller portions or that the schedule of your meals has some effect on your body weight fluctuations. On the other hand, some believe that whether you ingest calories in a solid or liquid state is important, but, in fact, it’s completely irrelevant. Sure, most fattening things often come in food form, but what you drink can be as important for your weight loss efforts. Here are several tips to help you deal with it.
Go Easy on Soft Drinks
Apart from causing dental erosion and tooth decay, orange soda, cola and other carbonated drinks are also bad for your weight. While it is extremely hard to single out one particular cause (junk food and the lack of exercise are also big here), it is believed that there is a strong connection between soft drinks and obesity in minors. Also, these fizzy drinks increase the intake of calories without adding nutrients to the mix. These are the so-called empty calories. One of the greatest diet-wise mistakes is drinking soda in order to quench thirst. High amounts of sugar and caffeine cause you to be even thirstier, which kind of defeats their whole purpose.
Diet and Alcohol
Now, this is a tricky one. When you drink, your metabolism is significantly slowed down. This implies that calories from alcohol will not be consumed or stored like regular ones. So, does this mean that you cannot drink while dieting? Of course not, you just need to be careful about it.
First of all, you should never be hungry when you drink. Alcohol is loaded with carbohydrates, which means that refusing to eat so you can “leave more room for booze” is never a good idea. Eat fibers, proteins and good fats before you go on a night out drinking. Next, keep in mind that overly sweet drinks tend to open up your appetite, making you eat more. Lastly, do all things in moderation and remember to stop at one or two drinks max. Sure, you won’t be able to get drunk (some won’t even get tipsy) from this amount of alcohol, but then again, priorities need to be made.
Finally, some studies published by the International Journal of Obesity and Archives of Internal Medicine have determined that middle-aged women who drink moderately (one or two glasses of wine a day) put on less weight than those who don’t drink at all. In other words, one cup of well-chosen red wine can help out your dietary endeavors.
Safe to Drink
In the end, when most or all of the aforementioned drinks are labeled as not good for losing weight, one particular question poses itself: ”What is safe to drink when someone wants to lose weight?” Well, clean fresh water is always a safe bet, but there are some other alternatives you can turn to, as well. Instead of coffee, you can always switch to green tea, which also has some amazing detox properties. Also, even though smooth drinks are a definite no, you can always make your own drinks by getting a blender and looking up some amazing smoothie recipes. Just remember to go easy on the sugar while mixing them and all should be well.
The bottom line is that every good diet is about two things: the amount and the nature of calories. In other words, it doesn’t matter if you ingest 500 calories at 2PM or at 2AM, it still remains 500 calories. However, it is even more important to realize that your organism doesn’t care if you ate or drank your way to obesity. All it can see are the end results.