Dieting is not easy, neither is losing weight. There can be many questions regarding what to eat and what to drink--not to mention a lot of conflicting information is available to those seeking guidance. This makes it very easy to become confused and aggravated while trying to figure out exactly what you should be doing. The following is meant to help you become more knowledgeable on the beverage side of your diet and to help you make more informed drink choices.
Water, Water, Everywhere
Water makes up a very considerable portion of the human body, so it makes sense that you need to consume water very liberally. Water is also a zero calorie beverage option but contains no artificial flavorings or sweeteners. Some types of pop are also zero calorie but they do contain lab created substances that can impede your weight loss attempts. Some waters contain vitamins and minerals and you may even change things up by drinking fizzy water like club soda. Water is a great option especially if you are watching your caloric intake.
It is no secret that fruits are an integral part of a healthy diet. This is because they may contain nutrients and antioxidants that help keep your body nourished and strong. Fruits also contain a high amount of water and fiber. Some people like to reason that because fruits are healthy then the juice of the fruit is just as healthy. This is true in that fruit juice contains water and nutrients but it also contains all the sugar from the fruits. A piece of fruit is perfect in that it has balance between its nutrients and fiber. This means that your body gets balanced nutrition and the fruit satiates it more when it is whole.
Juice gets a bad reputation for being bad for those who are dieting because people often take a carefree approach to drinking juice. It is very easy to consume more calories at a meal than you would think, due to the lack of consideration for the calories consumed as juice.
At this point some may be skeptical as they may have seen photographs of people who have lost a lot of weight while on a juice cleanse. The reason for this is that the juice is their primary source of calories--it is their meal. Juices cleanses are also not recommended as a long-term way of life. They are more suited to a short-term practice that will help to clean out and reset your body.
The long and the short of it is that both water and juice have a place in a dieter’s life. The trick is to consume juice consciously and limit yourself to one serving per day…maybe just a serving of orange juice with breakfast, or some cranberry juice with lunch. Knowing what is in the juices that you purchase is also key to it being a good dietary addition. Too many juices can contain sugars and flavorings, so try to pick only juices that are pure and not from concentrate. These types of fruit juice can be a little more expensive than others, but aren't you worth it?
The other alternative is to juice your own fruits at home that can produce an even more nutrient dense juice that includes an amount of fiber as well. This would also allow you to juice vegetables. Whatever you choose, to drink juice or not, be sure that you incorporate at least a couple servings of fruit per day for optimal health.