Drink More and Weigh Less
One rule of weight loss is to not drink your calories. But I prefer guidelines over rules, and they have to be in context. So while you want to be mindful of what you’re drinking, there are several ways that drinking can assist in weight loss.
First of all, you want to stay hydrated. Sometimes you mistake hunger for thirst, and your metabolism can slow down when you are dehydrated. A good guideline is to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day, and add more if you are working out.
If you are restricting calories, you may truly be hungry. You may also be bored, or in the habit of snacking at a certain time. And in the winter, I’m cold and just want to put warm things in my body!
Sipping on a warm or sparkling beverage can take longer than munching on a handful of chips or nuts. That gives you more time to feel full or let the boredom pass. Here are some ideas if plain water is just not doing it for you.
Flavored water- use sliced lemons, oranges, watermelon, mint, or ingestible essential oils to create your own zero calories drinks
Sparkling water like La Croix
Tea- Any variety- Green, Chamomile at night (you can also add a drop of lavender essential oil), Vanilla for when you’re craving sweets
And as long as you are accounting for the calories, here are some more filling options:
Bulletproof coffee- one tablespoon of Bulletproof MCT oil or one tablespoon grass fed butter - 110 calories
Matcha latte- use 1/2 cup water to make the matcha tea, then blend with 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk and one tablespoon MCT oil - 130 calories
Bedtime Belly Buster- blend one scoop IsaPro (or other pure protein) with one scoop IsaGreens or IsaFruits and water - 120 calories
Wine or Light beer- Stick to one serving which is about 100 calories and count it towards your carbs. The only disclosure is to pay attention to how you sleep and workout the following day. As long as you don’t have negative side effects, alcohol in moderation can be a part of a sustainable, healthy lifestyle.
It’s more empowering to focus on what you can have, not what you can’t have, so I won’t make a list of drinks to avoid. Just read the labels, including the serving size and grams of sugar, and decide if that beverage will help you get closer to your goals.
Cheers to your best health!
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