The process of losing weight is influenced not only by food but also by drinks. They can help speed up your metabolism a bit so you can burn calories more efficiently and keep you feeling full for a long time to avoid overeating.
Here are some healthy drinks to add to your diet for those trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
Green and black teas
Green tea contains catechins and caffeine, which can speed up metabolism and slightly increase fat burning, while black tea is rich in polyphenols. These antioxidants reduce the number of fats and sugars absorbed by the body and reduce the risk of obesity.
However, one should not expect magic and a sharp transformation of body fat into a press from these substances: they serve only as an additional means for getting rid of excess weight; the main ways to lose weight are – reducing the calorie intake and regular physical activity.
Kefir is a fermented milk drink containing more than six dozen probiotics useful for the intestines. Probiotics improve digestion and reduce inflammation in the body and help normalize blood sugar levels, thereby controlling fat accumulation and maintaining a healthy weight.
A study by scientists from the University of Shiraz (Iran) showed that obese women who drank two servings of kefir a day experienced significant weight loss and decreased waist circumference compared to those who rarely ate dairy products.
According to scientists from Spain, coffee reduces appetite and calorie intake during the day and increases the rate of fat burning (but for this, you need to drink coffee half an hour before training).
To get the most out of your coffee, it’s important to drink it without milk, sugar, syrups, or other additives that can increase the calorie content of your coffee.
Protein shakes, made from a mixture of milk and whey, casein or soy protein, keep you feeling full for a long time, reduce appetite and force the body to burn calories more actively, as it requires more energy from it to digest.
This is corroborated by a 2014 review that found that digesting protein can increase the number of calories our bodies burn by 15-30%.
A study by scientists from the University of California (USA), conducted with people with metabolic syndrome (a combination of risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes), showed that regular consumption of vegetable juice for 12 weeks helps accelerate weight loss.
You need to use vegetable juices with caution since they have contraindications. It is especially not recommended to drink juice from vegetables on an empty stomach.