Chilled coffee drinks from the supermarket shelf may be tempting, especially in summer, but they only provide your body with an extra portion of calories, sugar and unnecessary additives. According to a test by the consumer advice centre, a cup can contain more than 24 grams of sugar. This corresponds to 8 lumps of sugar cubes! A-C-H-T ! By the way, the same applies to all the sweet temptations in the coffee shop, like Frappucinos for example.
With 400 to 500 kcal per portion, such drinks are just as full-bodied as a light lunch.
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However, (black) coffee (without milk and sugar) is actually practically calorie-free and therefore also allowed when losing weight. Various studies in the past have also shown that coffee or the caffeine it contains can boost performance and even fat burning before training. If you want to cool off with a coffee drink in summer, you should go to cold brew grip. Cold coffee” is now available in many coffee chains, but it can also be brewed easily at home >>> That’s it!
2. fruit juices
Whether (freshly squeezed) juice, direct juice or fruit nectar: juices are about as suitable for losing weight as cola – no joke! Because whether you drink a glass of cola or a glass of apple juice makes almost no difference in terms of calorie and sugar content. Fruit juices usually have even more calories than Coke & Co. and the fruit acids they contain also attack your tooth enamel.
However, this does not mean that you should stop eating fruit, quite the opposite, because fruit (and vegetables) are a daily must – even when losing weight: Fresh fruit also contains acids and fructose, but also a lot of healthy fibres and vitamins – which the juice lacks due to its production process.
And anyone who thought that fruit sugar was healthier than “normal sugar” is wrong! Why? We will tell you in the following article:
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3. (low-fat) milk
Milk contains a lot of calcium and thus boosts fat burning © Vitalii Krokhmaliuk / Shutterstock.com
One thing in advance: the milk in your muesli or the shot of milk in your coffee does not make anyone fat. But as is so often the case, the quantity is decisive: you should not “just” think of milk as a drink, but rather as a foodstuff – with a calorie and sugar content that should not be neglected. So drinking milk, like water, simply by the glass is not a good idea. One glass of milk (200 ml) provides a rich 130 kcal (3.5%) or 97 kcal (1.5%) and 10 grams of sugar each.
Despite its lower calorie content, the low-fat version is not necessarily the better choice, as a study with children published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests: The children who drank whole milk instead of low-fat milk had a lower BMI (Body Mass Index) and more vitamin D in the blood. However, both types of milk provide us with a lot of calcium, which acts as a real fat burner in the cells.
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4. iced tea
Just like water, tea contains zero calories and is therefore the perfect companion for losing weight effectively. “Iced tea” also sounds like a healthy refreshment, but it is miles away from a low-calorie thirst quencher. Don’t let the clever marketing of many manufacturers fool you: Iced tea is in most cases a real calorie bomb and the bottle should rather show a large pile of sugar cubes instead of fresh peaches or bright yellow lemons.
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Let us stick to the example of “peach iced tea”, because what many people do not know: Even if it says peach iced tea, there is still no peach in the iced tea. Rather, it is an ice tea with peach flavour – and DAS is a huge difference. Because you can imitate the taste wonderfully with aromas. If you are “lucky”, in addition to the two main ingredients water and sugar, even 0.1 percent (!) peach juice on peach juice concentrate. An impertinence, isn’t it?
But of course there are exceptions – just take a look at the list of ingredients and the nutritional value table to be sure.
5. ready smoothies
Now before you throw your new blender out the window: Smoothies are generally a great “invention”, because especially homemade smoothies with a high vegetable content are real health boosters.
Homemade green smoothie’s healthy. Ready-made smoothies are the problem © Dirima / Shutterstock.com
The problem is rather the finished smoothies from the supermarket. They’ve been heated to make them last longer. Unfortunately, the heat causes a lot of vitamins and minerals to disappear. All that is left is a lot of sugar or fruit sugar. Although this has not been added separately, apple juice (which is cheaper for the manufacturers) often forms the basis of many ready-made smoothies – and apple juice is a real calorie bomb with around 100 kcal per glass!
For comparison: 1 glass of cola has “only” 84 kcal. Too much fructose also leads to gastro-intestinal problems such as stomach ache and diarrhoea.
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Take a look at the ingredients list: What is the apple juice content of your “Superfood kale smoothies”? 60 percent or more? Green kale, on the other hand, is only 5 percent? Then you’d better leave your colleagues on the shelf and mix your own smoothie. Here come 10 recipes for green smoothies .
Conclusion: 5:0 for water
After these five negative examples, the only question that remains is which drink is actually ideal for losing weight? You probably already guessed it, because there is actually only one correct answer: water! Water contains zero calories and is therefore the perfect thirst quencher! By adding herbs, slices of lemon or cucumber, you can also pimp your water to taste – without adding extra calories.
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If we would not “tank” water regularly, none of the many (vital!) metabolic processes would be able to take place in our body. As a rule of thumb: per kilogram of body weight, about 30 to 40 ml of water should be taken in. Example: If you weigh 60 kilograms, your water requirement per day is between 1.8 and 2.4 litres (in summer and during sport the requirement increases).