What is your favourite drink🥤
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Liquid calories are by FAR the biggest waste of calories when on a fat loss phase & potentially the main reason behind your lack of results. Overall the research shows them to have a major influence on promoting a positive energy balance via increasing kcal intake while minimising satiety (DiMeglio & Mattes 2000 Pan & Hu 2011, Tieken 2008, Rothacker & Watemberg 2004). I can bet that if you are struggling to lose weight, all you have to do (initially) is swap any liquid calories that you currently consume with one of the drinks in the pic and the scale will start to move so let’s go through these quickly.
Water (duh): Absolutely ZERO calories and having been shown to positively influence weight loss by reducing kcal intakes (Daniels & Popkin 2010, Dennis et al 2009). Still or fizzy is up to you.
Flavoured water: If you don’t like water then try adding some squash or opting for flavour enhancers to add some taste. Don’t worry about sweeteners, the evidence is there to support that they are not harmful in any way when consumed within the ADI (Fey 1976, Knopp et al 1976) Magnuson et al 2007).
Calorie free monsters, coffee & teas: Along with being essentially calorie free, both coffee and energy drinks in particular usually contain high amounts of CAFFEIENE which has shown to aid in suppressing appetite& thus decreasing calorie intake (Astrup et al 1990). Furthermore, they’ll also give you some added energy (Lieberman et al 2002) which may then translate into more kcal burn during training and/or throughout the day via non exercise activity thermogensisis (NEAT) which together play a huge, if not main, impacting total daily energy requirements (Aragon et al 2017).
Protein shakes: Though NOT calorie free, protein shakes can be a great alternative to more energy dense options in order to control calorie intake as it is the most satiating & thermogenic of the 3 (Pesta Samuel 2014, CrovettI et al 1998, Weigle et al 2005). Akhavan et al (2007)