Posted by Neharika Sabharwal on June 26, 2011
<strong>Just sipping an invigorating drink and dropping weight! Sounds great, isn't it? After all, it’s much easier than engaging in torturous diets or sweating it out for hours in a gym.</strong>

When it comes to shifting weight, most people are very careful about what they eat but sadly neglect the calories consumed each day as fluids.

The truth is soda, beer, and the so-called fruit juice consumed daily and often in large quantity is a big contributor to weight gain.

So it’s important to make the right choice. There are several alternatives to these drinks that will drastically cut back on the calories.

The Med Guru helps you check out some health drinks that will help achieve your weight loss goals.

1. Ice Water
Water is perhaps the most powerful and cheapest weight loss drink at your disposal. The best thing about water is that is has no calories at all.

A glass of ice cold water burns calories, fills you up, and boosts your metabolism. It also helps flush out toxins and keeps the body healthier and fitter.

2. Vegetable Juice
Vegetable juice whether canned, bottled or fresh is the perfect way to get the fiber and nutrients the body needs to spur weight loss.

Vegetables juices are filling and hence make you eat less. They are a better choice than fruit juice for the weight conscious people because vegetable juice has fewer calories and sugar.

However, those who do not relish vegetable juice can swap it for a fruit juice that has no artificial sweeteners and additives.

3. Black Coffee
Another drink that has nearly zero calories is coffee, when it’s served black. The caffeine present in the popular beverage gives a boost to your energy levels and metabolism. Additionally, coffee is rich in antioxidants that can enhance mood and improve concentration.

The trick with coffee is to stick to skim milk and very little sugar, or else you will pack on unnecessary calories and end up sabotaging your weight loss plans.

4. Skim Milk
If you want to trim inches off your waistline add skimmed milk to your diet. It is an excellent source of lean protein, vitamin D, and calcium without the added fat. Skimmed milk not only strengthens bones and builds muscles but helps burn fat and boosts metabolism.

If you are in a mood for indulgence, drink low-fat chocolate milk. Studies have established, it is an effective way to refuel, replenish, and rebuild body after a tough workout.

5. Green Tea
Green tea touted for centuries as a healthy elixir that can ward off chronic diseases is also an excellent weight loss drink. Enriched with antioxidants, daily intake of green tea will skyrocket your energy and metabolic rate which in turn will fuel your body’s fat burning mechanism.

Studies have established that ingredients in green tea decrease the production of a certain hormone that stimulates appetite.

Well then, shifting weight is not such an ordeal after all. Just add these drinks to your daily diet and you will soon be flaunting a slim and sexy body.

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