When most people think about weight loss, or really just their diet in general, they think food and eating. When they think about calories, or more specifically, a calorie reduction, they once again think food and how much less of it they’ll have to eat. While food does make up the majority of your diet and therefore the majority of your daily calorie intake, there is another aspect of your diet that’s being neglected by this thought process.
All of the above contain calories. Water doesn’t. And these liquid calories are a lot quicker and easier and less filling to consume than solid food calories. You can probably drink 500 calories worth of some liquid before you’d even have the time to prepare 500 calories worth of solid food.
So, while you should DEFINITELY get the food part of your diet in order, there are a surprisingly large number of people out there that could lose weight solely by changing what they drink, without even touching what they eat. See, I told you I was serious before.
What type of drink change should you make exactly? I can answer that question for you in just 4 words: Replace everything with water.
Soda is completely useless and should be avoided by everyone whether they are trying to lose weight or not. It’s just empty, useless calories. In a somewhat similar way, the same could be said about beer.
Sports drinks (such as Gatorade) can have their place, but a lot of the people drinking them are doing so in situations where there is absolutely no need for a sports drink. If you are playing basketball for an hour, fine. If you are running a marathon, go for it. If you are sitting around in your living room watching TV… do I even have to finish this sentence?
And about fruit juices… I know. “Fruit is healthy!!! You can’t tell people not to drink fruit juice!” Actually, yes I can. If you want the really good stuff (ya know, vitamins) that is in fruit… EAT FRUIT. If you want something to drink.
In Phase 1 of The Lose Weight Diet, you learn the ideal calorie reduction for weight loss to take place is about 500 calories. When most people hear that, they think food. While a lot of people will only be able to create this calorie deficit by eating less food, there are actually quite a few people out there that can accomplish this by doing something as simple and easy as drinking water instead of soda.