- Information from in part by Bryan DiSanto, CPT & CSN | on Apr 13, 2012
- Walk into any supermarket and you’ll see fridge after fridge filled with energy drinks, flavored water, teas, and protein shakes. With fun colors, health claims (B vitamins, antioxidants, energy), and cool labels everywhere, it’s nearly impossible to make a smart, healthy decision.
Realistically, 95% of commercially available drinks are horrible and have absolutely no business in the human body. They’re sugar-filled, fatty, high calorie atrocities that WILL make it impossible to lose fat.
Sugary, liquid calories are any diet’s worst enemy–they increase body fat storage and stimulate appetite. Sounds like the exact opposite of what a weight-loss plan should aim to do. That goes for diet soda/drinks as well.
With that said, there are a few super drinks that promote superior health, Build Muscle, and enhance weight loss. Stick to the drinks on this list and your body will be better prepared to fight disease, increase life span, and incinerate fat.
Water Click Here Alway drink high PH water
Where else would this list start? Water is the essence of life, regulates body temperature, and fuels almost every bodily function. Plain and simple, if you don’t drink water you will die. Some of its functions include:
- Water is a PHENOMENAL weight-loss tool. It reduces appetite and elevates metabolism.
- Reduces bloating.
- No calories, preservatives, or chemicals.
- Regulates body temperature
- Prevents dehydration.
- Cushions joints and prevents shock damage.
- Facilitates chemical reactions inside of the body.
- Flushes out toxins through sweating and urination.
- Carries oxygen and nutrients to cells.
- Its important to drink water first thing in the morning 32 to 64 OZ of high Quality Water
Flavored water is absolutely everywhere. For the most part it’s loaded with sugar, calories, artificial sweeteners, coloring, and preservatives. Stay away from the following:
- Vitaminwater & Vitaminwater Zero - Vitamins are great, but Vitaminwater is an absolute caloric, sugar-filled catastrophe. One bottle has 125 calories and about 30g of sugar. If you want vitamins, take a multivitamin. The fat-gain isn’t worth it.
- Gatorade, Powerade, Powerade Zero – Gatorade and Powerade are specifically designed as sports drinks–not for couch-surfing, video games, or for the fun of it. They purposefully spike insulin. During sports this helps rehydrate and replenish the body, otherwise it just increases fat storage.
- Dasani Flavors, Aquafina FlavorSplash – Artificially sweetened, taste incredibly fake.
Green Tea and Other Teas
Natural green tea and other teas might be the all-round healthiest food/drinks on earth. One small cup of green tea is good for anti-aging, enhanced fat-burn, alertness, potent disease prevention, and SO much more. Like Emerel says…BAM! Some of teas’ benefits include:
- Zero calories
- Powerful appetite suppressant, which curbs hunger and helps you eat less.
- Speeds up metabolism and has a thermogenic effect. Thermogenesis is the elevation of the body’s core temperature, which ups calorie burn. Zero calories, plus a boosted metabolism boost, plus thermogenesis = A LOT of extra calories and fat burned. You do the math.
- Improves insulin sensitivity, which prevents diabetes.
- Boosts alertness and mental awareness without the jitters. It’s the perfect start to a long day or as prep for a test. It’ll keep you sharp, but you’ll stay calm and relaxed.
- High fluoride content, which strengthens teeth and prevents cavities. It also stops bad breath.
- Green tea is rich with flavonoids, polyphenols, and other powerful antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals, delay aging, and prevent/fight various health conditions including: cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, depression, and others.
- Reduces stress, promotes relaxation, and boosts immunity.
- Facts you may not know
It’s honestly no surprise, but manufacturers have absolutely JUMPED all over green tea’s healthy image and plastered shelves with gimmicky, faux-healthy green tea drinks. Despite green tea’s magical benefits, the reality is that sugar, calories, and artificial sweeteners are still horrible for the body and WILL increase body fat…don’t get misled and forget that fact.
Be sure to check the ingredients label before you buy pre-packaged tea. If sugar is listed before green tea concentrate on the ingredients list, that means it has more sugar than tea. Some drinks to be aware of:
- Honest Tea - Honey Green has 70 calories and 18 grams of sugar. Honest Half and Half has 100 calories and 24 grams of sugar. THESE ARE NOT HEALTH DRINKS!!!! They’re sugar drinks, with green tea added as a base. As far as Honest Tea goes, stick with the low sugar jarred flavors.
- Snapple’s Green Tea has 120 calories and 30 grams of sugar, that’s almost as much as a can of Coke.
- Lipton Diet Green Tea is no calorie, no sugar, but it’s heavy on the splenda and preservatives. I hate the taste too, it’s really fake.
Campbell’s V8 Low Sodium, and Tomato Juice
V8 Low Sodium is one of the all-around healthiest drinks available. It’s a quick and easy substitute for veggies.
V8, Low Sodium, Nutrition Facts
V8 is free of added sugar, artificial sweeteners, colors, and preservatives, and contains 8 different veggies! (spinach, carrots, beets, celery, parsley, lettuce, tomato, and watercress). An 8 oz can has a negligible 50 calories. It’s also packed with antioxidant vitamins A (40% DV) and C (120% DV), and the electrolyte potassium (700 mg, 20% DV), which is a commonly deficient in the US diet.
Tomato juice is another great option with similar nutritional value as V8. Tomato juice is rich in lycopene, the most powerful antioxidant, which is found in fruits and vegetables with red pigments. Lycopene protects against sunburn and cataracts, in addition to other degenerative diseases
Regular V8 . An 8 oz serving has 25% of your daily sodium intake (625mg). Also stay away from V8 Splash–it has only 10% juice and the first two ingredients are water and high fructose corn syrup.
Milk was nature’s protein powder, long before protein powder existed. Milk is PACKED with muscle-building protein–1 cup of 1% milk has 10g of protein–which is critical to muscle growth and recovery, reduces hunger, and boosts metabolism. Organic Non Fat Milk is far Superior to non Organic Check the lable and the protein level you will be surprised
Milk, Skim, Nutrition Facts
Milk is also rich in calcium and vitamin D–nutrients essential for bone and teeth health. Research has shown that people who drink milk at breakfast typically consume less calories throughout the day than those who drank OJ. I’ll peg that on the protein. Milk might just be the perfect waist-slimming, body-defining drink available. Organic Non Fat Milk is Best of all.
More and more research has disproved the long-held belief that saturated fat is the ultimate enemy of cholesterol levels and human health. In fact, some saturated fats may even have a positive effect on HDL–the good type of cholesterol–and a tiny negative impact on LDL (bad). Saturated fats are also critical for hormone production and other functions. Go ahead, indulge in a little 1%, 2%, or even whole milk from time to time.
Fresh squeeze Orange Juice extremely nutrient rich in its pure form. Fresh squeezed/100% natural OJ remains a very healthy choice to start the day. One glass of OJ contains 100% of your daily vitamin C requirement–an antioxidant vitamin vital to proper gum health and iron absorption. It can also help boost immunity and protect against cataracts.
Coffee is LOADED with healthy antioxidants and caffeine. It also boosts alertness, speeds up metabolism, and improves circulation and cardiovascular health.
Coffee is healthy dressed down, not so much when it’s dressed up. Go black, or add a little skim milk.
Do not use artificial sweeteners sugar is far better (if you must have it sweet), and definitely avoid the dessert-like coffee options at Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts. When you start messing around with coffee and adding whipped cream, sugar, chocolate, and all kinds of syrups it turns into high calorie, fatty, sugary, toxic waste.
As long as you drink it in moderation, red wine is PACKED with antioxidants (called polyphenols), which can help prevent disease. Drinking a glass of red wine per day can also raise HDL cholesterol (the good type). If you prefer non-alcoholic drinks, natural grape juice provides similar antioxidant benefits (but not the cholesterol benefits). Pinot Noir is best
Cranberry’s anti-bacterial properties, in particularly proanthocyanidins (a mineral that reduces stickiness), prevent UTI, gum disease, and kidney stones. This also protects against plaque, mouth bacteria, bad breath, and tooth decay.
Similarly to wine, cranberry juice is a great source of phytochemicals, polyphenols, and antioxidants, all of which prevent cancer, diabetes, and other diseases.
Keep in mind that this is for unsweetened varieties–the sweetened versions are never, ever a good option. Typically, “cranberry cocktail” is sweetened. Look for “100% juice” on the bottle to ensure that it’s a healthy, natural variety.
Beer has been shown to positively affect cholesterol ratios in humans. More importantly, a beer a day is great for relaxing, de-stressing, and having fun. Emotional health is important too!
The key is moderation or you begin packing on the calories, fat, and lose all of the health benefits. Find a good beer you enjoy and sip it slowly.