Losing weight is a tricky subject. Many of us, myself included, have dabbled in some unsatisfactory diets and weight loss plans before. It can be really frustrating to try and never see any real results! I used to try all sorts of get-slim-quick plans, but they never really did anything permanent and always left me feeling pretty bad at the end.
If you’re anything like me, you want to see actual results, but still keep a healthy and active body. This isn’t too much to ask, is it? Actually, it’s not! But, you need to understand that weight loss won’t happen overnight, or even in one month depending on how much you want to lose. That being said, I’m going to give you some help with a list of 8 healthy drinks to lose weight. Add some of these to your diet and you’re likely to see some results:
8 Healthy Drinks to Lose Weight
1. Oolong Tea
You may not have heard of this type of tea, but Oolong tea is a famous Chinese tea that is said to help you with your weight. It has similar nutrients to green tea, and is sometimes called “dark green tea” in China. Drinking Oolong tea will help your body to metabolize fats that you are eating and will help to make you leaner. Of course, it should still be paired with a healthy diet, but adding this tea to your drink list could be every beneficial to your weight loss ambitions.
2. Mango Lassi Smoothie
Lassi smoothies are made with natural Greek yogurt instead of milk. This actually helps reduce your weight by adding more probiotics and helpful bacteria to your digestive system. Drinking one of these smoothies helps to reduce inflammation and bloating within your body. Because these are two contributors to weight gain, this reduction can trigger weight loss.
How to make mango lassi smoothiesWhat you need:
- 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
- ½ cup of frozen mango chunks or any other type of fruit
- 1 tbsp of sugar
- and water.
Put all of the ingredients in a blender. Add only enough water to help it blend together well. Blend on high until everything is well combined and smooth.
3. Coconut Water
As a substitute for other sugary flavored drinks, coconut water can do wonders for your weight loss. It tastes great and has less than 50 calories! This drink can be bought from a store or made in your kitchen within a few minutes. Usually, store bought coconut water has a lot of added sugar so you will need to look for a brand without much sugar. Making it at home is so easy that you might want to give that a try as well!
What you need: 1 or 2 coconuts, a 1/2 gallon pitcher of water, a pinch of salt, and 2 tbsp of honey.
Boil half of the water and add honey and salt to it. Stir until it dissolves fully. Use a corkscrew or other tool to make a hole in the coconut. Drain the water from the coconut into the boiled water. Add in the rest of the water and chill it until it’s the perfect temperature for drinking.
Tip: Break open the coconut and use the flesh for some delicious coconut recipes!
4. Green Tea
It’s hard to have a list of healthy drinks for weight loss without including the iconic green tea! This stuff is popular in many parts of the world, but it actually originated from China.
There are three ways that green tea might help with weight loss: increased metabolism, preventing fat cells from developing, and increasing fat excretion. It does all of this while also adding some fantastic antioxidants and other nutrients to help your body become healthier.
5. Mint Tea
You may not be much of a tea drinker, but it’s a good idea to make a small exception for mint tea if you can. First of all, this has a lot more flavor than most other teas. Secondly, it can actually help you to stop craving food and feel more full.
Normally you will want to drink mint tea after a meal to get the best benefits from it. If you have it after lunch, you can help avoid snacking throughout the afternoon. After dinner it will help to keep you from craving a snack before bed. Fewer cravings equal fewer pounds on the scale!
6. Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe is a fantastic plant for all sorts of things. It’s not a miracle cure, but it certain can work to make you healthier whether you apply it on your skin or drink it. Juice made from fresh Aloe can help you lose weight, although it’s best to take it in moderation. Too much Aloe can act like a natural laxative and make you absolutely miserable and even unhealthy. Just take a glass every day or every two days and you should be fine while still enjoying the fat burning benefits! You can buy fresh Aloe juice or make it yourself.
What you need to make Aloe juice: Fresh Aloe Vera gel (no additives or preservatives), water, and honey.
Boil the water and dissolve honey into it. Add the aloe gel and stir until it is well mixed. Chill the water to a drinkable temperature and enjoy!
7. Vegetable Juice
Juicing is actually a great way to help yourself lose some weight. Making fresh vegetable juice in a juicer or blender can give you a whole lot of nutrients in one drink. Make sure when you’re making juice that you use majority vegetables, such as kale, cucumbers, and celery instead of focusing on sweet fruits too much. Fruits are healthy, and you can add 1 serving of fruit to your juice, but if you use too much fruit you will be ingesting more sugar than you want to if your goal is weight loss.
Although it sounds a bit cliché, water is the best drink available to help you lose weight! It’s got no harmful additions, no calories, and it is something your body needs in order to function.
You don’t have to drink 8 glasses of water a day, but opt for drinking water instead of sweet fruit juices, sodas, or other drinks and you will probably see some improvement in your weight loss.
All 8 of these healthy drinks to lose weight are great for you and can be purchased or made easily in your home! I hope you can embrace some of these drink alternatives and help yourself get on a healthier road to weight loss, because this is something that worked for me and I believe it can work for you too.
What do you think? Are you going to try any of these drinks? Let me know what you think in the comments below! Oh, and if you’ve got anyone on your mind who might like to try a healthy drink, why not share it with them as well!