If you are cutting back calories in an effort to lose weight and become healthier, carefully consider the number of calories you are drinking.
Recent research has confirmed that in the long run, limiting your intake of liquid calories can have a bigger impact on weight loss than limiting your food calories.
In fact, cutting out just one sugar-sweetened beverage each day can make a difference.
While it is important to limit liquid calories, it is important not to restrict your liquid intake unless your doctor has instructed you to do so for some reason.
Sugar-sweetened beverages, such as regular soft drinks, iced coffee drinks, and fruit drinks or punch, contain a large number of calories and typically very little nutrition.
While some dieters replace sugar-sweetened beverages with artificially sweetened beverages, it is important to note that recent studies seem to indicate these beverages can actually affect the way your body responds to sugars and cause weight gain as well. [Exercise to lose weight]
For now, the best beverage if you are looking to lose weight remains that all-purpose hydration choice: water. If you find plain water boring, try adding a splash of citrus or even a slice or two of cucumber to the water for additional flavor.