20 Drinks That Can Help You Lose Weight (It’s Not Just Water!)

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At this point, most of us know the basics of what constitutes an unhealthy drink and a healthy one. Sugary juices and sodas are probably best consumed very rarely as they can elevated blood sugar and pack on the pounds, while water can be consumed to your heart's content—some of us even aim to drink a gallon of water a day in the name of our health … and succeed some of the time.

Water isn't the only beverage that's good for your body, though. In fact, there are plenty of other drinks worth adding to your wellness repertoire, many of which may even help you shed unwanted pounds and feel better overall. Intrigued? Here are the 20 best drinks for weight loss.

Best weight loss drinks

Water

Acacia Wright, a registered dietitian in Denver, explains that most of us are chronically under-hydrated and completely unaware of it, yet water is one of the most critical nutrients we can consume. “It serves as a medium for most enzymatic and chemical reactions in the body, especially metabolic reactions involved in energy production,” she says. Not only is water needed for proper digestion, absorption and the transportation of nutrients in our body, it helps remove waste and promotes regularity decreasing your chance of constipation and bloating. “Water also acts as a natural appetite suppressant,” says Wright.

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Meal replacement shakes

“Meal replacement shakes, along with a balanced diet and exercise, can serve as a powerful addition to any weight-loss regimen,” says Wright. She says to look for those that are packed with hunger-satisfying proteins, organic fruits and vegetables, and vitamins and minerals. “The high protein content can help decrease appetite, curb hunger and promote fullness by increasing levels of hunger-reducing hormones like GLP-1 and decreasing ghrelin, a hormone that increases appetite—all of which are important when looking to lose weight,” she explains. Make sure to read the ingredients and stay away from brands that contain a lot of sugar.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been touted as a superfood. And while the jury's still out on how much it actually contributes to health or weight loss, some small studies have suggested that it may have some weight loss-inducing properties. One study of 175 participants explored the fact that that acetic acid, a main component of vinegar, may suppress body fat in animals. Study subjects consumed 0, 1, or 2 tablespoons of vinegar for three months and the results found that those that consumed it daily lost an average of 2 to 4 pounds, as well as had lower triglycerides versus those who didn’t intake vinegar. And another study had 39 participants on a 12-week restricted-calorie diet, some with apple cider vinegar, some without. Both groups lost weight, however, the group whose diet included apple cider vinegar lost more.

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Grapefruit juice

Drinking a glass of grapefruit juice may have some weight loss benefits. A U.C. Berkeley study fed mice a high-fat diet but also gave them pulp-free grapefruit juice. The control group of mice was given water in place of the citrusy beverage. The mice that drank the grapefruit juice ended up gaining 18.4 percent less weight than those in the water group. That same group of mice also had a decrease in fasting blood glucose levels, as well as fasting serum insulin, liver triacylglycerol (a type of fat) values. Still, further human research is needed to form any conclusive human results.

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Vegetable Juice

While fruit can be high in sugar, sipping on some vegetable juice may be a great way to fill you up and ward off the pounds. A 12-week study had participants limiting daily caloric intake to 1,600 for women and 1,800 for men. One group was given 0 fluid ounces of low sodium vegetable juice, another eight ounces, and a third 16 ounces. The groups that consumed the vegetable juice lost more weight than those that didn’t. And as a bonus, they also had a higher intake of vitamin C, potassium, and dietary vegetables.

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Green tea

“Green tea is great for weight loss due to its high content of antioxidants and catechins, which aid in boosting metabolism,” says Bansari Acharya, a registered dietitian and nutritionist in metro Detroit. Numerous studies, she says, have shown its association in decreasing body fat. “If you don't like the taste of plain green tea, it is available in many different flavors,” Acharya says. You can also add a dash of honey to it to enhance its taste as well as have it hot or cold depending on your preference.

Protein water

“It is widely understood that a high protein diet can aid weight loss because protein promotes satiety, and it is the most thermodynamically active macronutrient,” says Silvia Carli, a registered dietitian with 1AND1 Life. She notes that protein waters can be a great addition for those who struggle to meet their protein intake via whole foods. “They are low in calories and boosted with vitamins and minerals,” she adds. Carli says to avoid brands that list artificial colorings or added sugars on the ingredient labels. She also stresses: “If you can meet your increased protein needs through whole foods, those are to be preferred.”

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Black tea

In 2017, UCLA researchers conducted a study, which revealed that black tea may promote weight loss. The team found that black (and green) tea reduced the amount of gut bacteria associated with obesity, while increasing the gut bacteria related to lean body mass. The study authors hypothesize that certain teas, like black, serve as a form of probiotics, thus helping to inspire the growth of healthy gut bacteria.

Fruit-infused water

“Fruit-infused water is the perfect substitute for a high-calorie, high-sugar beverage,” says Allison Gregg, a clinical dietitian with Mayo Clinic. She adds that high-calorie, high-sugar beverages add up quickly and their calorie content can easily exceed your meal’s calorie content. Try keeping a pitcher of water in the fridge and adding some lemons, oranges, blueberries, or strawberries to it. This can also be a helpful way to make sure you are staying hydrated if you are bored with drinking plain old H2O.

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