The EAT Better Strategy:
Your body has a complex system to alert you to eat when hungry and stop you from consuming too much,
Drinking beverages with calories bypasses this control and leads to over-consumption, excess calories and energy overload.
In other words, drinking your calories makes it more likely you will get fat.
Substituting water for calorie-laden drinks not only eliminates the extra calories, studies show Increasing your intake of water can contribute to weight loss via two mechanisms:
Getting enough water should be simple - drink when you are thirsty. Many fail to heed their thirst and forget to drink, becoming chronically, mildly dehydrated and prone to weight gain.
So if you cannot remember to drink, let your urine be your guide. Drink to maintain your pee at a light yellow colour. Dark yellow and orange urine tells you your body needs more water.
How to get more water?
Start your day with a glass of have and carry a water bottle with you all day and make drinking it a habit.
If water seems boring, try infusing your water by adding:
Missing the carbonation of pop, then carbonate your water before infusing it. Carbonation, while lowering pH, has no detrimental effects, and if it gets you to drink more, it is worth the effort.
What about coffee and tea?
It is a myth that the caffeine in coffee and tea dehydrates. The only thing you have to watch out for is what else is in your favourite drink. Many of the beverages from Starbucks and other cafes are amongst the most calorie-laden, sugar-packed concoctions ever created.
Alcohol is a double whammy - not only does alcohol itself have calories, but most drinks also are loaded with calories from fast carbs.
Bottom line - only drink what you love; learn to love water.
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