When you’re thirsty, you should get a drink as it is your body’s signal that it needs fluids. Plain old water gets boring after while. Most beverages can be enjoyed in moderation, but how can you tell what is too much? Do you really need to drink that 20 ounce bottle of soda? Find the answer to this and more tips in dealing with thirst when dieting.
Healthy Drinks to Deal with Thirst when Dieting. You know that milk and juice are healthy for you. But the amount of calories and fat from milk depend on if you are drinking whole milk or skim milk. Those who are used to whole milk may have a hard time adjusting to a lower fat option. Making the change gradually may help and will save you fat and calories.
Even unsweetened juice has natural fruit sugars which add calories to your diet. You can try diluting your juice with a bit of water. Eating the whole fruit followed by a glass of water is even better. Read my article Should You Eat Organic to Lose Weight? when choosing fruit on your diet.
There are many healthy and low calorie beverage options when you get thirsty and are trying to lose weight. For the Top Healthy Drinks for Dieters, you can read my article here on Associated Content.
Portion Control Matters with Beverages as with Food when Dieting. Healthy drinks can still be enjoyed in moderation. The Mayo Clinic recommends no more than a half cup of juice and 2-3 cups of milk daily. Their recommendation is to drink lots of water.
You can still enjoy some of your “no-no” beverages in moderation. You can fool your brain into thinking you are enjoying a larger amount by using a tall, narrow glass rather than a short, wide one. This is similar to the dieting food trick of using a smaller plate so it looks like your plate is full.
This beverage effect was proven in an alcohol study done by Brian Wansink. Subjects were asked to pour a shot of alcohol into tall, narrow glasses and into short, wide glasses. They consistently poured more than a shot into the tall, narrow glasses, as they believed these glasses held more liquid. This study has benefit to control dieter’s liquid consumption.
Other Tips for Dealing with Thirst while Dieting. Avoid juice “drinks” that contain very little juice since a lot of sugar, thus calories, is added to make them taste better. You can flavor water by adding a squeeze from a wedge of lemon or lime. Drink more of the top healthy drinks for dieters linked to above.
If you really love soda, drink only on occasion and in moderation. Use a tall, narrow glass to feel you are drinking more and you may be more satisfied. Avoid diet soda. Why? Because you may just Gain Weight with Diet Soda. Use common sense and moderation when dealing with thirst when dieting.
Jolynne M Hudnell; Should You Eat Organic to Lose Weight?; Associated Content
Jolynne M Hudnell; Top Healthy Drinks for Dieters; Associated Content
Katherine Zeratsky, RD, LD; Dieting and Liquid Calories Question and Answer; MayoClinic.com
Brian Wansink and Koert van Ittersum; Shape of glass and amount of alcohol poured: comparative study of effect of practice and concentration; BMJ
Jolynne M Hudnell; Gain Weight with Diet Soda?; Associated Content