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Drinking Right- 5 Healthy Drinks for Rapid Weight Loss

Drinking Right- 5 Healthy Drinks for Rapid Weight Loss

Many people watch what they eat but neglect what they drink, especially when they are on a diet. What a mistake! Drinking right helps you cut calories, reduce food cravings and tweak your metabolism.

Taking time to ensure that what you drink is right for you in no way means you are paranoid, as many people have been made to believe. Americans consume about 355 calories of extra sugar daily. This extra intake could largely be in the form of beverages, like the so-called vitamin-enriched waters that are actually full of sugar.

There are so many beverages out there that you should stay far away from. There are also a few that are recommended for your well-being, provided they are taken in moderation; these include are milk, fruit juice, and diet drinks. Although alcohol has its own health benefits when taken in moderation, it doesn’t work for everybody.

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Beverages to limit

These beverages are to be limited mainly because of their sugar content. Taking drinks high in sugars can lead to gout, cardiovascular diseases and weight gain, which could put you at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Try to stay away from energy drinks, sport beverages, soda, and the like.

On average, a can of soda or fruit punch gives you about 150 calories. Imagine what would happen if this continued daily. Sport beverages are meant to give athletes fluid, carbs and electrolytes during high-intensity workouts, especially exercises that are to last for more than hour. Taking these is just another way of taking in calories and sugar. The sugar level in energy drinks is just as high as the sugar level in soft drinks. The caffeine they contain also raises your blood pressure. Most of these beverages contain additives, which can come with long-term health effects.

So, what should you drink?

If you are not sure about what to drink, you can choose from a variety of healthy drinks, listed below:

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Water

If you are privileged to have access to clean drinking water, then go for it. Water is the best option, as it does not have any calories and is cheap.

Water provides everything your body needs. It can help you restore fluids that might have been lost through your metabolism, sweating, breathing and the removal of waste. Water is the perfect beverage for re-hydrating your system.

How much water do you need? According to the Institute of Medicine, about 15 cups of water would be great for men, while women need about 11 cups. For people who have gotten used to taking sweet beverages, water might taste a bit too bland for you initially. It is recommended that you combine a few water-based beverages to add flavor. You can add either sliced citrus fruits, crushed fresh mint, fresh ginger (sliced or peeled), sliced cucumber or crushed berries to a pitcher or a cold glass of water.

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Organic, 100% grass fed milk

Grass-fed or organically-raised cows have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, more than cows fed with grain or corn. Grass-fed cows also have thrice the level of CLAs (conjugated linoleic acids) as other cows. CLAs are a group of chemicals that can provide a variety of health benefits, such as inflammatory and immune system support, blood sugar regulation and improved bone mass. They can also help you maintain a lean body mass while reducing body fat and the risk of developing a heart attack.

Chocolate milk

To restore energy, build lean muscles and boost metabolism, drinking a combination of protein and carbohydrates after workouts can go a long way. According to a 2009 article published in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, a study showed that after taking part in a vigorous cycling session, cyclists who took chocolate milk rode 51 percent longer that those who drank a typical recovery beverage. Besides this, chocolate milk is tasty and cheap.

Oolong tea

While there are many kinds of tea one can choose from when it comes to weight management, oolong tea is the best for a lean look. Oolong is a light, floral tea, fully loaded with catechins, just like green tea. It assists in promoting weight loss by boosting the ability of your body to metabolise lipids (fat). According to a study in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine, participants who sipped oolong tea regularly were able to lose six pounds over a period of six weeks.

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Mango lassi smoothie

Lassi is a popular drink made from fermented yogurt. It originated in Pakistan and India. It has the ability to cool the digestive system, hence it assists the functioning of the gut. From a medical perspective, lassi contains many healthy bacteria, which decrease bloating and further help to reduce inflammation. Although you can make use of any fruit when making lassi smoothies, mango lassi seems to be one of the best.

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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