How To Drink Your Way Into That Bikini
June 6th, 2012 by Ingrid Macher
Beach season is upon us.
The clothes are shrinking smaller…
There’s less fabric for us to hide behind…
And depending on how serious you’ve taken your health over the last year, this can either be good news or bad news.
If you made your health a priority, then you’re probably super excited. You’ve done the work, and now you’re ready to reap the rewards by unveiling that head-turning beach body guaranteed to impress.
If on the other hand, you just recently jumped aboard the weight loss train and have a few pounds to go, you’re not as optimistic about squeezing into that bikini.
But don’t start shopping for your fall clothes just yet…
It’s not time to write off your beach dreams…
It’s a long summer. And it’s not too late to get that body you can be proud of…
At the beach… at the pool… wherever you choose to take in the sun, you can do so without feeling self-conscious of how you look.
Because if you’re eating right and exercising, yet still not getting the results you desire on the scale (and especially in the mirror), the information I’m about to share can certainly give you the boost you desperately need.
See, eating the right foods just isn’t enough. It’s a good start, sure, but food only makes up half of what you consume.
The Other Half Comes From What You Drink…
And if you’re like most people, the stuff you drink makes it almost impossible to ever get that
slim and sexy body you’d almost kill for!
On a hot summer day, we start drinking more often just to remain hydrated. And if we’re filling up
on drinks loaded with sugar, those empty calories can add up fast and put a sudden stop to all our weight loss efforts.
In fact, if you’re drinking all these calories, it actually wastes all the eating healthy you’ve done.
So the fact that you passed up that greasy cheeseburger or slice of pizza for a healthy chicken salad…
It means nothing when you wash it down with a soda!
For before you mindlessly grab for the cooler to quench your thirst, know this:
By making the wrong drink choices…
You Can Literally Be Washing Away All Hope Of
Getting That Bikini Body This Summer!
But enough with the preaching… by now, you know how important this is, so let’s get to it?
What are the wrong drink choices? What are the beverages you need to avoid if you want to look your best this summer?
Well, first and foremost:
You want to avoid all sugary drinks. This includes soda, sports drinks, and iced tea. It also includes all the high-sugar fruit juices that are more like liquid candy than they are actual fruit. These drinks are all incredibly high in calories, with most of those calories coming from simple sugar. This spikes insulin, wreaks havoc on your blood sugar, and is easily stored as fat.
However, don’t think you can just drink the “Lite”, “sugar-free” or “diet” versions of these drinks. While having much less sugar, these drinks are full of toxic artificial sweeteners that mimic its effects. They also cause sugar cravings, making it much harder for you to eat healthy.
You’re going to also want to avoid drinks loaded with caffeine. This includes coffee and other energy drinks (maybe of which are also loaded with sugar). These stimulants stress your adrenal glands. They also dehydrate you, making it much harder for you to shed the pounds. Yes, I know they provide a short-term energy boost, but this is almost always followed by a crash.
You also need to limit your consumption of alcohol. I know it’s not what you want to hear, and the occasional drink is fine, but not while you’re trying to lose weight. Alcohol also dehydrates you, makes you crave junk food, and impairs your judgment. Plus, when you take into account all the high-sugar, high-calorie mixers used in most drinks, it becomes a two-headed monster of bikini body destruction.
So What Should You Drink?
Well, the obvious choice is water. It makes up around 70% of our bodies and is needed by all of our cells to function. It has 0 calories, keeps you hydrated, and helps eliminate toxins. Plus, if you drink it cold, it burns fat! A study has shown just by drinking eight glasses of ice cold water per day, you’ll burn 7.3 extra pounds of fat per year! Water is that special. If you find it boring or tasteless, try drinking it with a squirt of lemon or lime.
Another great drink is hibiscus tea, also known as “Jamaican water.” It comes from the flower of the Hibiscus tree. It’s rich in nutrients and has a great natural fruity flavor. Hibiscus tea has been shown to lower blood pressure as well as bloating, giving you the appearance of a slimmer waistline.
If you feel you need an extra boost of energy, you should try oolong tea, which is a healthy substitute for coffee. In addition to its great taste, it has been shown to increase our rate of fat burning by 12%. In fact, its metabolism boosting effects are an incredible 250% more effective than green tea, which is known for its weight loss effects.
Don’t underestimate how important the liquids you’re drinking are to your appearance. By eliminating all those empty calories from unhealthy drinks, you’re giving your body the boost it needs to shed the fat and finally form the slim and sexy beach body guaranteed to impress.
So start switching out your unhealthy drinks for the ones I just told you about. I promise, it won’t be long until you notice a difference in the way you look and feel.
And as you begin to notice the difference, let me know about it by leaving a comment below!
Who knows… maybe you’ll be the inspiration that gets others to finally achieve their dreams as well!