#1 Smart Hydration
Water is the original beverage. Drink it often. Depending on your size you should drink between 120 and 240 oz. of fluids daily (maybe more if you’re working hard, or out in the heat). Drinking water throughout the day enables your body to more effectively break down fat, and keeps hunger pangs at bay. Here some are other beverages that can help accelerate fat loss:
- Coffee: the caffeine in coffee is a thermogenic (speeds up the rate at which your burn calories), and it also aids in lipolysis (the breaking down of fat). Coffee also increases the speed of gastric emptying, which means that you absorb less of the food you eat. Coffee is mildly diuretic, so make sure you add 4 oz. to your fluid totals for the day for every cup of coffee you drink. Having a little bit of grapefruit juice or a few slices of grapefruit will extend the half-life of ingested caffeine so you can enjoy its benefits more gradually over a longer period of time.
- Green Tea: with less caffeine than coffee, you can enjoy more green tea without having to add too much to your total fluid intake. It’s a natural appetite suppressant, it’s loaded with antioxidants, and it tastes great.
- Add cinnamon to your coffee and tea to keep your blood sugar from spiking during meals (which then keeps your insulin from spiking, so you store less fat)
- Squeeze half a lemon into your water or tea at meals to keep blood sugar from spiking.
Avoid sugary drinks and sodas like the plague! Unless you are a linebacker for the New England Patriots, you do not need Gatorade. Beware of artificial sweeteners, too. Most of these have some kind of negative impact on blood sugar levels, metabolism, leptin feedback (and therefore hunger), and a host of other negative effects. The only two I recommend are stevia and saccharin. I know, I know. You think those little pink packets cause cancer, but you’re misinformed: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/artificial-sweeteners
Here’s some more info about artificial sweeteners: