BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – When a new meal plan is implemented with the goal of shedding a few pounds, health experts say consumers should also be selective when it comes to the beverages they enjoy throughout the day.
According to Healthline, “certain beverages are more effective than others at promoting weight loss.”
So, what are these healthy drinks?
As you may have guessed, the best drink to promote one’s health is water. Swapping the average carbonated Coca Cola product with water is one way to cut hundreds of calories from one’s daily diet.
Another point in water’s favor is its ability to help speed up the metabolism.
If you’re a tea drinker, this calorie-free beverage may be right up your alley.
According to WebMD, “Some research suggests green tea extract may help with weight loss. It’s not clear exactly how, but caffeine and micronutrients called catechins may each play a role. The benefit appears to last only a few hours, so it may help to enjoy some green tea at least twice a day.”
Do you like a cup of joe in the morning? If you do and you’re aiming for a trimmer waistline, you’re in luck. Healthline says, “Caffeinated beverages like coffee may stimulate weight loss by increasing metabolism, decreasing calorie intake and stimulating fat burning.”
Apple Cider Vinegar
Maybe you’re not the biggest fan of straight apple cider vinegar.
If this is the case, set your fears aside.
These tangy drinks have been ‘upgraded’ to satisfy a variety of palates.
For example, one brand called Poppi produces a carbonated version of the beverage in flavors like watermelon, raspberry rose, and peach ginger.
Healthline suggests apple cider vinegar as a beverage to consume when attempting to lose weight.
It says, “ A study in 144 obese adults demonstrated that drinking a daily beverage containing 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of vinegar per day resulted in significant reductions in body weight, waist circumference and belly fat compared to a placebo group.”
Healthline also warns that apple cider vinegar is an acidic drink, which means it can erode the teeth. For this reason, it should be consumed sparingly and followed by water.
Other drinks are recommended, such as pomegranate juice, beet juice, and lemon-ginger green juice.
But health experts continue to recommend water as one the best beverages a person can consume while attempting to follow a healthy meal plan.