When combined, sugar, white flour, and white rice are the leading causes of obesity and diabetes worldwide. In fact, these three food groups accounted for about a third of all global calorie consumption in the late 1990s. That’s why so many people are becoming alarmed by the fact that the average American now consumes about twice as many calories as a person in China. Thankfully, there are a number of natural and low-calorie ways to lose weight, regardless of your current diet. One of the best ways to shed excess pounds and improve your health is by drinking more water.
In fact, one cup of apple cider vinegar contains about as much sodium as a large diet soda can contain. And because it’s packed with healthy minerals, including calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, drinking enough water is a quick and easy way to slim down and keep yourself healthy. Here are some tips on how to lose weight and improve your health with apple cider vinegar water.
Make your own
When buying canned, packaged, or fresh vegetables, you can often reduce the overall sodium content by first rinsing them under running water before storing them in the refrigerator or freezer. Or, you can purchase fresh vegetables instead.
For example, a medium-sized head of cauliflower can have as much as 1,200 mg sodium, while a cup of broccoli has only 90 mg. If you’re a frequent coffee drinker, you’re likely to encounter an increased sodium content in your daily diet. However, you can easily reduce the sodium in coffee by using less coffee and/or buying beans that are naturally low in sodium.
In fact, a cup of coffee has about 1,300 mg of sodium. While you may be able to handle that amount in one day, a reasonable limit for most people would be about 1,500 mg per day.
Drink a glass a day
If you’re drinking only one glass of water each day, you may not be drinking enough. A glass of water contains about 2 glasses of salt (4 oz.), caffeine (8 mg), potassium (3.5 out of 5 on the amount you should drink daily, based on a 2006 study), and other minerals that can help with health issues like weight loss and increase energy.
If you’re not drinking any other beverages besides water, you may be diluting the important minerals found in beverages like water, cola, and even salad dressings. However, you should consume at least 2 glasses of water each day. If you’re not feeling satisfied after 2 glasses, you may need to increase the amount to make your desired amount.
Limit the amount of sugar you eat
Sugary foods contain too much sodium and should be limited when dieting. One serving of commercial soft drinks contains about the same amount of sodium as a large can of diet soda, and both contain about the same amount of sugar.
If you’re a frequent coffee drinker, you’re likely to encounter an increased sodium content in your daily diet. However, you can easily reduce the sodium in coffee by using less coffee and/or buying beans that are naturally low in sodium.
Try Dandelion Tea
Dandelion tea is often consumed as a weight-loss tea, and while it has a high amount of sugar and caloric content, it can be made without any added sugar.
What you need to make dandelion tea: 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons corn syrup, ½ tablespoon vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon dandelion leaves, and water.
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and make sure to bring it to a boil for about 5 minutes. Once it’s ready, remove it from the heat and let it cool for about 15 minutes before drinking.
Ginger Ale for a bit of edge
Ginger ale is often called the “weapon of choice” for dieters. It has a low caloric content (only about 100 calories per glass), and it’s packed with vitamins and minerals.
What you need to make ginger ale: water, ginger, sugar, and artificial flavorings if needed.
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Once it’s hot, remove it from the heat and let it cool for about 15 minutes before drinking.
Other low-calorie beverages
If you’re looking for other low-calorie beverages that are packed with minerals, look no further. A 2-liter carton of cola has only about 100 mg of magnesium, 90 mg of iron, and 135 mg of sodium.
To make sure you’re getting enough water each day, you should consume 1½ to 2 cups of water (or 1-2 glasses of water) each day. All these beverages contain, and more, are listed below:
If you’re looking for a natural way to lose weight, you may want to consider adding an extra cup of water to your daily routine. In fact, drinking 2 cups of water is one of the most effective ways to lose weight and improve your health.
As with many things in life, moderation is key. While 2 glasses of water a day is a good start, you should aim to drink at least 3-to 4 glasses of water each day in order to reap the full benefits of this natural beverage. Now, go drink some water and stay healthy!