Everyone knows that a training program isn’t going to work well if you’re not eating correctly, but what about what you’re drinking? People often don’t know what they should be drinking so let’s dispel some myths now.
Let’s start off with the most important thing you can take away from today’s article: drink more water! Even if you think you’re drinking a lot of water, you can probably afford to drink some more. We live in a great country and have some of the highest quality tap water in the world so that means money doesn’t factor into this decision. I’m not trying to tell you to eat expensive high quality food, or expensive (over marketed and often unnecessary) supplements. Just drink, free, good quality tap water!
Quite often people mistake the feeling of dehydration for being hungry and end up overeating. Try it out for yourself. Next time you feel hungry, just have a big glass of water. If you’re still hungry in 15 minutes then go have a snack, but more often than not, drinking that glass of water is enough to get you through.
Caffeine is one of the most well tested and verified substances used in supplements for increased performance and weight loss, and for good reason too!
This may be important for weight control, as any decrease in appetite could help reduce food intake.
Caffeine has long be used for increasing the performance of athletes by providing additional energy without boosting their caloric intake. The same methods can apply to people eating at a caloric deficit, as people should be when attempting to lose weight.
Coffee and tea often provides a lot of antioxidants which are great for people and provide countless health benefits.
Of course, it goes without saying that if you’re trying to lose weight, you shouldn’t be filling your coffees and teas with all the unnecessary sugars, milks and cream. Do your best to minimise these extras.
Consume Less Alcohol
Everyone enjoys a relaxing drink on the weekend but do your best to limit how much alcohol you’re consuming. Each drink you consume includes additional calories that will not improve your training performance but will put you further away from your weight loss goals.
If you are going to drink alcohol, make the right decisions on which alcohol to drink. Your best bets are to a glass of two of red wine but than sugary pre-mixed drinks. These days, the low carb beers have become quite popular, but remember to check the labels for just how healthy they are — you might be surprised how many calories they still pack!
Skip the soft drinks and sports drinks
The sports drink craze sweeping the world right now is a great piece of marketing! It’s quite clear people have realised that your typical soft drink is not a healthy drink to be consuming on a regular basis but those sports drinks aren’t too much better!
You might think you’re taking the healthier option by selecting the bottle of “juice” but most of the time, there’s very little juice-like factors in them. They might taste like an orange but generally speaking they’re full of fake flavours and sugars.
When you’re trying to lose weight, you’re aiming to consume as fewer calories as possible but still getting all the macronutrients that you require (proteins, fats and carbs). For each drink you consume, they’re potentially wasted (or misspent) calories that could have been used for consuming extra proteins or healthy fats.
What Should You Drink?
Well, that’s entirely up to you. I’ll provide the facts, and my suggestions but it’s entirely up to you. We all want to have fun, but you need to choose just how important your goals are to you, and how much you want to have that extra beer or glass of wine. Regardless of what you choose, just please, please drink more water!