Slim down with right choice of summer beverages

As summer's heat surges, our search for refreshing drinks escalates. But for those prioritizing weight management, making the right choices is essential to avoid setbacks. Each beverage decision influences hydration and weight goals alike. Let’s quench our thirst to know more.

Is Loading our fridge with packaged juice, soft drinks and other fizzy drinks the right choice?

Packaged fruit juices are not ideal for weight loss due to high added sugar content, lack of fiber, calorie density, nutrient loss during processing, and reduced satiety compared to whole fruits.

Soft drinks, including regular and diet soda, pose challenges to weight loss due to their high sugar or artificial sweetener content, potential disruption of hunger signals, association with unhealthy eating habits, and negative effects on metabolism.

Carbonated or sparkling water can be a refreshing and calorie-free alternative to sugary drinks, potentially aiding weight loss by satisfying cravings without adding extra calories. However, flavoured varieties with added sugars or sweeteners should be avoided in favour of plain or lightly infused options.

What about alcoholic beverages?

Alcoholic beverages are generally not conducive to weight loss due to their high calorie content and potential to interfere with metabolism and appetite control. However, some lower-calorie options like dry wines, light beers, and spirits with zero-calorie mixers may be better choices if consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet and active lifestyle.

Are fresh fruit juice, smoothies, cold coffee, iced tea, sugarcane juice etc. better?

Fresh fruit juice can be part of a weight loss plan, but it lacks fiber, so portion control is crucial. Smoothies can support weight loss if made with nutrient-rich ingredients and portioned appropriately. Cold coffee and unsweetened iced tea are good options. Sugarcane juice should be consumed in moderation due to its higher calorie and sugar content. Energy drinks are not recommended for weight loss due to their high sugar and calorie content. Cocktails and mocktails vary in calorie content, so choosing lower-calorie options and monitoring portion sizes is important. Honey and jaggery are alternatives to refined sugar with slightly higher nutrient content and a lower glycemic index, but should still be consumed in moderation.

Which are the other healthier options?

In the quest for hydration and weight management during the scorching summer months, water emerges as the unequivocal champion. Infused water, incorporating slices of fruits, vegetables, or herbs, infuses refreshing flavor without adding unwanted calories. Unsweetened herbal teas and green tea offer antioxidant-rich hydration without the drawbacks of added sugars. For a more substantial option, homemade smoothies blend whole fruits, leafy greens, and protein sources like Greek yogurt for a satisfying and nutritious beverage. Coconut water stands out as a low-calorie hydrating choice, brimming with essential electrolytes.

Traditional Indian summer drinks like Nimbu Pani, Jaljeera provide not just refreshment but also aid in digestion and electrolyte replenishment. Sattu drink is protein and fiber rich, low in calories and promotes satiety. Buttermilk, known as chaas, offers probiotic benefits and aids in maintaining electrolyte balance. Shikanji and Aam Panna, infused with digestive spices and low in calories, are suitable additions to a weight-conscious diet. Fermented millet kanji contributes to gut health, indirectly supporting weight management. Bael and wood apple sharbat offer fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants, further aiding digestion and hydration. For those seeking dairy alternatives, soy, coconut, almond, oat, and rice milk can be used in various beverages, ensuring a refreshing and dairy-free option for summer enjoyment while keeping a watchful eye on portion sizes to maintain a balanced diet.

Be mindful and read the labels while grabbing beverages on the go. Prioritize unsweetened, fresh fruit juices and low-calorie options to align with your weight loss objectives.

Alternatively, you can include  Clinically Proven, 100% Plant Origin ActiFiber Natural Lean and Fit as a summer beverage to aid weight-loss.  It promotes healthy fat loss and not muscle loss, improves waist-to-hip ratio, targets abdominal fat and helps you achieve a Leaner & Fitter Body naturally.

 Just add one sachet to a glass of water and consume 30 mins before 2 main meals each day.

Sustainable weight loss is only possible through a holistic approach which includes a nutritious diet, regular physical activity, and positive lifestyle changes.
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