Watching your weight not only has to involve watching what you eat but also what you drink. What a mistake! Drinking right helps you cut calories, reduce food cravings and helps your metabolism.
Extra calories can come in form of sugary drinks and beverages. Even some vitamin – enriched water is actually filled with sugar. There are so many beverages out there that you should stay far away from. There are also a few that are recommended for your well-being, provided they are taken in moderation; these include are milk, fruit juice, and diet drinks. Although alcohol has its own health benefits when taken in moderation, it doesn’t work for everybody.
Water is nature’s gift to us. Water is cheap and has no calories. It provides everything your body needs. It can help you restore fluids that might have been lost through your metabolism, sweating, breathing and the removal of waste. Water is the perfect beverage for re-hydrating your system. For people who have gotten used to taking sweet beverages, water might taste a bit too bland for you initially. It is recommended that you combine a few water-based beverages to add flavor. You can add either sliced citrus fruits, crushed fresh mint, fresh ginger (sliced or peeled), sliced cucumber or crushed berries to a pitcher or a cold glass of water.
Beverages should be limited due to their sugary content. Taking drinks high in sugars can lead to weight gain, which could put you at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Try to stay away from energy drinks, sports beverages, soda, etc.
Sports beverages are meant to give athletes fluid, carbs and electrolytes during high-intensity workouts, especially exercises that are to last for more than hour. Taking these is just another way of taking in calories and sugar. The sugar level in energy drinks is just as high as the sugar level in soft drinks. The caffeine they contain also raises your blood pressure. Most of these beverages contain additives, which can come with long-term health effects.
To restore energy, build lean muscles and boost metabolism, drinking a combination of protein and carbohydrates after workouts can go a long way. According to a 2009 article published in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, a study showed that after taking part in a vigorous cycling session, cyclists who took chocolate milk rode 51 percent longer that those who drank a typical recovery beverage. Chocolate milk is tasty and cheap.