It’s only just over a week until Summer is here but man, it’s hot out there already! The oppressive heat is here to stay for a while, so it is really important to pay more attention to your fluid intake. In warm weather, you sweat more, and if you’re also more active, you will sweat even greater amounts. It’s important that you keep hydrated during Summer but it must be with fluids that will NOT increase the size of your waistline. There are a lot of drinks that are loaded with sugar (and calories). Sometimes we don’t sense the calories in liquids the same way we do as in foods, so we don’t pay attention to how many ‘hidden’ calories we are drinking when we are enjoying some ice-cold beverages. This is true for alcohol as well as for non-alcoholic drinks. In this blog, I want to discuss the best ways to stay hydrated without adding extra kilograms.
Softdrink: It goes without saying that most softdrink is simply liquid sugar. Did you know that one 375ml can of Coke contains around 10 teaspoons of sugar? Besides all the extra calories that softdrink adds to your daily intake, it is also a disaster for your energy levels. It’s just that the sugar rush that softdrink gives you, will cause your blood glucose levels to rapidly rise and then drop making you feel very tired pretty quickly. Diet softdrink contains artificial sweetener so while its sugar / calorie content is zero, those sweeteners are chemicals and their long-term effect on your health is inconclusive. If you want some ‘fizz’ when you hydrate, go for sparkling water or plain mineral / soda water. All of these options are sugar & artificial sweetener free (and are great for quenching a big thirst).
Fruit Juices: Every second TV commercial seems to be promoting the ‘Nutribullet’ – and yes, what the advertisers are saying is true. If you make a fruit juice in a Nutribullet, it’s like drinking a big vitamin pill (with a fair swag of sugar added). Fruit is a delicious, low-fat and healthy juice ingredient but if you were going to whip up a few fruit juices every day that is a LOT of extra calories you are consuming due to the presence of fructose (fruit sugar). So be sensible with your juices. Make sure your juices are 50% green vegetables (as these have zero sugar content and therefore lowers the total calories in your drink). Restrict your juicing to only one a day but make it last longer by diluting your juice with water.
Water: Seriously, this is the best and most inexpensive way to stay hydrated though many people get tired of drinking water simply because they don’t like the taste (how can you not like the taste? It doesn’t taste like anything). Also, many people think that when they exercise they need a sports drink to ‘replenish’ lost nutrients and fluids. That’s not so. Water will hydrate you, and it doesn’t have the calories found in Gatorade or other sports drinks. If you think water is boring, why not add some freshly squeezed lemon and / or lime juice to the glass?
At The Natural Way we are dedicated to helping you make the healthiest and most ‘natural’ food choices. Throughout our program, you are continuously educated on good versus bad food and drink choices, so by the time your goal is reached, you will know exactly how to eat to keep your weight off. Imagine losing weight and keeping it off – with The Natural Way you can! Call us today on 1300 SLIMMER (1300 754663) to make a FREE appointment to find out more about how our fabulous program can help you to get back the body you want.