You are committed to your health and fitness goals to shrink those fat cells plus tone and sculpt a divine form of lovely muscle.
But what if the shiz you’re drinking is holding you back?
What if your seemingly innocuous beverages are jacking your daily calories and cravings up?
Today is the day to trash the straight-sugar sodas and the twisted diet sodas. Don’t you dare believe the hype about the nutrient claiming fruit juices.
First of all, sodas cause you to crave sugar, especially the ones containing the fake sugar.
And a proper portion of fruit juice belongs in those tiny little juice cups we used to use in the 70s [if you’re not yet 35, it’s a 4-6 oz. cup]. Plus, “fresh” juice is the only kind that actually has the full potentcy of nutrients. Oxygen and light deplete the good parts while saving all the calories for your tummy. Stop buying packaged juice and chew your fruit, instead.
Choose to drink stuff that replenishes your muscles
and rejuvenates your mind.
✌ Directly after I teach 90 minutes of exercise classes (cardio and strength training), I drink 16 oz of coconut water.
It provides immediately accessible sugar that flows right into my depleted muscles, plus I get a jolt of potassium, magnesium, calcium, and sodium.
Make sure your coconut water contains 100% coconut water and no other ingredients!
✌ Right after my coconut water, in goes the pure, scrumptious water! On my exercise days, I drink 75% of my body-weight in water which is 100 ounces. On non-exercise days, I drink 50% of my body-weight in ounces of water.
Add a squeeze of lemon to alkalize your water.
I’ve even added slices of lime, grapefruit, or cucumber to give my water an amazing, fresh taste!
✌ Tea. Drink it. Hot or cold. Herbal or Green! Not only will you drink flavor without calories, but certain herbal and green teas protect your cells from free radicals that cause premature aging and disease.
Many herbal teas can have a calming effect and decrease levels of anxiety.
There have been studies to show that green tea increases your metabloic rate for higher fat oxidation – in other words, green tea burns fat. Although, these reports aren’t absolutely conclusive, the over-all effect of green tea is positive for the general health of your body and mind.
Embellish your tea with cinnamon, ginger root, mint leaves, parsley, cloves, coriander, lemon verbena, or plain ole lemon. All of these natural leaves, stems, and roots help reduce inflammation in your joints and cells and many aid in fat oxidation.
✌ And don’t forget coffee. Yes, coffee.
Of course, it’s best for fat-loss when you drink it black or with a splash of milk or almond milk, and maybe stevia for sweetness, although I use one packet of raw sugar or teaspoon of raw honey.
Coffee can improve over-all circulation and research shows it can help your muscles utilize adrenaline and fat for fuel during a workout, sparing your glycogen for more endurance.
One cup of coffee before the workout is one of my yummy favorites.
Make the above beverages ⤿ your healthy, sports drinks of choice!