Losing fat for the regular Joe/Jane doesn’t have to be that hard. A very easy way to lose fat is to start doing one simple thing that doesn’t really require any money or your time. It only requires a little effort and willpower.
You can stop doing one simple thing that you probably do every day, and that’s drinking a part of your daily calories.
You probably know that to lose fat you need to reduce your total calorie intake, or you need to consume less calories than you burn every day. It’s a matter of simple math.
The problem is that people find it hard to restrict the quantity of food they eat. So another option to reduce calories and lose some fat is to restrict the calories you drink.
By not drinking beverages high in calories, the average Joe can can get almost the same effect as a reduced-calorie diet. Why am I saying the “average Joe” ? Because I am talking about the average person who’s not committed to clean eating 100% of the time, has no plan of going on stage or do photo shoots, has a regular job and doesn’t have 5 days a week to work out.
We’re simply talking about lowering your weight while improving the physique and health.
The problem with drinking your calories
Back to the “drinking your calories part”, it is much easier to consume more calories drinking than eating. Just a can of soda has around 165 calories or that’s the same as three apples or 100 g of steak. What do you think is easier to consume? Do you think eating 100g of meat or 2-3 eggs is easier to eat than a drinking a can of soda ?
Just as an example, here are calories in soft drinks. Almost a hundred percent of the calories shown below come from sugar, which will skyrocket your insulin and create the perfect environment for fat gain. Here’s how sugar ruins your health.
8 oz. cup of soda = 95-115 calories
12 oz. can of soda = 140-165 calories
20 oz. bottle of soda = 250-275 calories
1 liter bottle of soda = 400-500 calories
2 liter bottle of soda = 800-1000 calories
What are the drinks you should cut or avoid ?
Basically all the drinks that contain high amounts of sugar. Here is a list of drinks you should cut from your menu:
Soda and soft drinks
Sodas and other artificial soft drinks are full of sugar and other chemicals that do only harm to your body. The worst diet sodas and why you should avoid them.
Unless you make your own juice from pressed fruits, fruit juice is not the same as eating fruit. There are high quantities of sugar added and no fiber at all in these drinks. Fiber in whole fruits slows down the absorption of sugars and keeps insulin levels under control.
Sport and energy drinks
These loaded with sugar, a certain amount of caffeine and taurine. You’ll probably feel like you have more energy because of the high caffeine content but you’ll also consume 150-160 sugar calories by drinking a 250ml energy drink.
As mentioned before, flavored milk is also high in sugar and artificial colors. Drink regular milk instead.
Alcohol is high in empty calories, ruins your weight loss efforts and makes you fat. Keep it to a minimum.
What can you drink instead ?
Most people will drop a few pounds just by cutting liquid calories and replacing them with plain water, tea or coffee. Drinking less can save you some money and make you healthier at the same time.