You’re made out of water-over 60 percent. So you need to drink plenty of it. In the past thirty years, we’ve more than doubled the number of calories we drink, raising it to 450 on average because we have stopped drinking water and started drinking sugar water, liquid fat, bottled blubber, fizzy flab, drinkable derriere, caboose in a can. Phase it out of your drinking diet and you’ll make huge strides toward weight loss.
Dr. Travis Stork, in his book “The Lean Belly Prescription” says that cutting down on soda calories is the fastest, easiest way to lose weight and improve your health. Emerging research suggests that even sugary-tasting “diet” drinks may lead to a higher risk for weight gain.
Sip Your Way Slim:
1. Flavored seltzer water – You’ll find a whole shelf of them in the beverage aisle and the flavoring and fizz-with zero calories-go a long way toward making them ideal soda substitutes. Make sure you pick the ones without sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial sweeteners.
Make your own at home: fill a glass a third of the way with juice and then fill the rest with seltzer. Try:
100% cranberry juice + seltzer
Apple cider + seltzer
Orange Juice + seltzer
Pineapple Juice + seltzer
2. Real iced tea-sugar loaded sweet teas packed with corn syrup have turned tea into an enemy. Real iced tea,, the unsweetened variety brewed without additives, contains disease-fighting antioxidents power and is a naturally no-calorie, flavorful beverage. Too bland? Gussy up your tea with tastebud pleasers and you’ll get rid of that giant jug of sugar water sitting in your fridge. Try:
Jasmine tea + lemon wedge (Health Bonus: the scent of jasmine may have the power to calm your nerves plus lemon may boost your mood. Stress is a major weight booster, so a calming drink could have double the benefits.)
Oolong tea + a sliced apricot + a sliced peach + additional fresh fruit (Health Bonus: oolong tea contains fat-blocking antioxidants and fresh fruit will provide fiber, vitamins and lots of flavor.
3. Iced Coffee-research shows that coffee can help you fight off Alzheimer’s disease, colon cancer, depression, and type 2 diabetes. Avoid the calorie-clogged options at the chain coffee vendors and go with straight unsweetened coffee, iced with milk.
To move from beer belly to six-pack, learn your limit. Resist the urge to chug: Limit your quaffing to two bottles (one for women), and you’ll reap the health rewards of beer while preventing yourself from carrying around a keg of your own. Yes, what you’ve read about some health benefits to booze is true. Beer and wine may help ward off coronary artery disease, hypertension, and even dementia. All of these benefits go bust, however, if you don’t practice moderation, generally accepted as no more than one beverage a day for women or two for men. In small amounts, ethanol, the pure form of alcohol, may raise good HDL cholesterol and encourage better blood flow. Go overboard regularly and the effects reverse, increasing your risk of cardiovascular disease. The first law of liquor: Go easy. The second: Ditch drinks with inflated calories and loaded with sugary stuff. Wine can help you live a longer life, according to researchers. Resveratrol, a substance found in grapes, has been shown to protect the lining of arteries. Some wines have more benefits than others, but whatever bottle you choose, don’t feel the need to finish it. A glass a day is all you need to do you wonders.
Dr. Travis Stork is the Emmy-nominated co-host of the award-winning talk show, “The Doctors,” & Healthy Lifestyle Speaker and Author