Summer is in full swing which means it’s time to select your favorite drink to sip by the pool to keep you cool. Whether you’re looking for the newest diet trend or just looking to be a bit healthier this summer, we’ve compiled a list of skinny drinks you consume to help keep you healthy.
Ditch the Soda
If you’re looking to jump start your weight loss this summer, tune into this well-established diet trend: no soda.
With all the information out there about soda, there’s no way to deny its harmful side-effects on our bodies.
Drinking soda daily increases your chance of developing type 2 diabetes by about 25%; doubles a female’s chances of a decline in kidney function; and changes your metabolism to make burning fat and losing weight more difficult.
Long story short, drinking soda regularly damages many portions of your body that helps you regulate your weight.
If you’re wondering about diet sodas, well, the jury is still out on them.
Some experts argue the artificial sweeteners in diet sodas provide a good option to individuals who are monitoring their calorie intake while others claim those same sweeteners cause cancer. Simply, there are not enough controlled studies on human subjects to determine who is correct.
Now that I got that off my chest, let’s get to my four favorite skinny drinks. These are simple to make and can help you lose a ton of weight!
1.) Plain Tea Without Milk
Tea, without the added milk, sugar, and sweets on the side, is an ancient medicine that has been used for millennia to heal the human body.
Even though we’ve known about tea’s healing properties for centuries, it has been on the rise as a new diet trend to help people control and lose weight.
Each type of tea has unique properties that assist the body in different ways. Green, Oolong, and Rooibos teas are typically the go-to choices if you’re considering using tea for weight loss.
Drinking 1-2 cups of these teas daily, with a healthy diet and exercise, can help you lose weight by boosting your metabolism and energy levels.
If you feel unsure about heading into your local tea shop without knowing what to buy, you can find skinny drink tea blends that explain what each ingredient does and brewing instructions to assist you. They take the guesswork out of knowing if a particular tea will help in your weight loss journey.
Remember, all these teas taste great iced, too!
2.) Green Smoothies
We will start out this section with a caveat. Green smoothies are great for you and can help on your weight loss journey as long as you watch the amount of sugar going into them.
For this reason, green smoothies are an often-debated when it comes to making the skinny drinks list.
The great thing about green smoothies is they’re highly customizable to your personal tastes. They’re also a fantastic way to get a high amount of vitamins, minerals, and fiber into your diet, all through a straw.
When making a green smoothie, keep this in mind: leafy greens + 1-2 fruits + liquid base. That’s essentially all you need plus any additional flavorings or superfood add-ins.
You can even make your smoothie a complete meal by adding protein. Modern ways to add protein to a smoothie include nut butter, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and protein powder.
Just remember, sugar can add up quickly in a smoothie. If you’re using a sweet fruit like banana or mango as the main ingredient, you probably don’t need an additional sweetener.
Logging your ingredients into a nutrition database can help you figure out just how many of each macronutrient you’re getting.
3.) Caffeine-Rich Black Coffee
If you’ve ever looked at the nutrition labels of weight loss supplements, you’ll notice a common ingredient: caffeine!
There are several reasons why caffeine is in so many of these products, and they’re primarily due to caffeine’s effect on our bodily functions.
Black coffee offers a tasty vehicle with which to enjoy caffeine.
If you’re cringing thinking about drinking coffee without your favorite creamer, try a light roast coffee.
Black coffee makes it to the skinny drinks list because there are no sugars or cream calories. Lightly roasted coffee has a higher caffeine concentration and is not as acidic, making it more bearable to drink black.
Regarding weight loss, caffeine can help mobilize fat from your fatty tissues and increase your resting metabolic rate (RMR). What this means is caffeine sends a message to your central nervous system to get moving, which loosens the fat cells and increases your metabolic rate, burning more calories and fat.
Did I mention all these remarkable benefits also work if you drink your coffee cold?
This might sound like the golden solution, but keep in mind that your body builds up a tolerance to caffeine quickly, therefore diminishing its weight loss effects.
So if you want to include caffeine in your arsenal of weight loss tools, try phasing caffeine out of your diet every two weeks to maximize its skinny drinks effect.
4.) Cold Water
Not an over-hyped diet trend, just one of the most powerful skinny drinks on the planet.
By this point, we all know our bodies are made up of about 60% water, so it makes sense that drinking water helps keep our bodies functional. Drinking water helps solve a myriad of problems, including boosting your energy levels, preventing headaches, removing toxins from your body, clearing your skin, and promoting weight loss.
Drinking a glass of water half an hour before a meal has proven to reduce a person’s caloric intake. Plus, drinking cold water helps burn more calories since your body needs to warm the water up to body temperature.
In case you missed the explosive story, experts shattered the myth that you need to drink eight glasses of water a day.
Our bodies are designed to tell us when we need water, so your best measurement is to drink when you’re thirsty, not when an arbitrary rule set in the 1940’s tells you to.
If you’re thinking “water is so boring,” you can add some flavor boosters like mint, lemon, and cucumber to infuse in the water.
Do any of these skinny drinks sound super delicious to you? Let us know what you think of our list and if we missed any drink diet trends!