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Drinking Habits Experts Say Help With Quicker Weight Loss — Eat This Not That – Eat This, Not That

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When it comes to shedding pounds, most dieters focus on what they eat—not what they drink. Now, experts recommend that you rethink your drink to kick-start your weight loss and maintain a healthy weight over the long run.

Over the past several decades, beverage calories have increased in the typical U.S diet. In one national survey, adults drank 425 calories while kids drank about 474 calories per day from beverages. That’s about 20 percent of our daily calories.

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When it comes to shedding pounds, most dieters focus on what they eat—not what they drink. Now, experts recommend that you rethink your drink to kick-start your weight loss and maintain a healthy weight over the long run.

Over the past several decades, beverage calories have increased in the typical U.S diet. In one national survey, adults drank 425 calories while kids drank about 474 calories per day from beverages. That’s about 20 percent of our daily calories.

Perhaps worse, beverages account for about one-third of the added sugars we consume. Not only are added sugars linked to many chronic conditions, but beverages full of empty calories also don’t trigger fullness like the exact same number of calories from food. That makes it even hard to your total calories and weight in check.

Read on to find out the best sips to help you lose weight and keep it off by rethinking what you drink, and for more on how to eat healthy, don’t miss 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.

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If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you can start by reducing your intake of added sugars. And one of the best places to start is by cutting back on sugar-sweetened beverages. To do so, focus on drinking more water—bottled, tap, or filtered. It’s one of the easiest ways to cut calories without increasing hunger or appetite.

Replacing one 12-oz (140-calorie) cola with water each day would cut some 50,000 calories from the diet and more than 60 cups of sugar in a year! Drinking water and other zero-calorie beverages (along with a healthy diet and exercise, of course) is an effective strategy to lose weight more quickly.

For example, one study of 48 overweight adults indicated that those who drank about two cups of water before each of their meals while following a calorie-controlled diet lost about 5 pounds more during the 12-week study than dieters who didn’t drink water before eating.

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Pumping the brakes on booze is a great strategy to help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight. In one study, study participants who were asked to abstain from alcohol while being part of a long-term diet and lifestyle study lost about twice as much weight four years into the intervention compared to those who drank alcohol.

There are several reasons why drinking alcohol often leads to pounds gained. Most importantly, beer, wine, and spirits are high in calories. Ethanol (the main component in alcohol) provides 7.1 calories per gram versus 4 calories per gram in protein and carbs and 9 calories per gram for fat.

In popular alcoholic beverages, calories add up fast: A 12-ounce can of beer is about 150 calories (100 if it’s a light beer), a …….

Source: https://www.eatthis.com/drinking-habits-quicker-weight-loss/