The 37 Best-Ever Drinks for Weight Loss

Protein powder is pretty easy to make palatable. Blend a scoop with a frozen banana and some spices—boom, dessert in a glass! There’s only one problem: some mornings, you don’t have time to even peel a banana, much less clean the blender. You have to grab something and go. This story is for you.

A steaming cup of tea is the perfect drink for soothing a sore throat, warming up on a cold winter’s night, or binge-watching Downton Abbey.

But certain teas are also perfect for doing something else—helping you lose extra weight. Inspired by the amazing results from our book, The 7-Day Tea Cleanse—on which test panelists lost up to 4 inches from their waist—the team at Eat This, Not That! researched this list of the best fat-blasting drinks of all time. Teas, coffees, energy drinks, weight loss smoothies, even sodas—sip your way to a leaner, healthier you. And to blast even more flab—in record time—don’t miss these ways to lose 10 pounds—fast!

Coffee and Teas


Green Tea

DRINK THIS: Lipton, Yogi
BECAUSE IT: Unlocks your fat cells

Before a workout, turbocharge the fat-blasting effects by sipping a cup of green tea. In a recent 12-week study, participants who combined a daily habit of 4-5 cups of green tea each day with a 25-minute sweat session lost an average of two more pounds than the non tea-drinking exercisers. Thank the compounds in green tea called catechins, flat belly crusaders that blast adipose tissue by triggering the release of fat from fat cells (particularly in the belly), and then speeding up the liver’s capacity for turning that fat into energy. See how tea can help you lose up to 10 pounds in one week on THE 17-DAY GREEN TEA DIET.


Oolong Tea

DRINK THIS: Bigelow, Stash
BECAUSE IT: Boosts metabolism

Oolong, a Chinese name for “black dragon,” is a light, floral tea that, like green tea, is also packed with catechins, which help to promote weight loss by boosting your body’s ability to metabolize lipids (fat). A study in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine found that participants who regularly sipped oolong tea lost six pounds over the course of the six-week time period. That’s a pound a week!


Mint Tea

DRINK THIS: Tazo, Teavana
BECAUSE IT: Wards off the munchies

Fill a big teacup with soothing peppermint tea, and sniff yourself skinny! While certain scents can trigger hunger (a trick Cinnabon figured out long ago), others can actually suppress your appetite. One study published in the Journal of Neurological and Orthopaedic Medicine found that people who sniffed peppermint every two hours lost an average of 5 pounds a month. (Although tea is relatively low in caffeine—about 25% of what a cup of coffee delivers—decaffeinated varieties are great to have on hand for a soothing bedtime treat.) Consider also adding a few drops of peppermint oil to your pillow or burning a minty candle to fill the room with slimming smells.


White Tea

DRINK THIS: Twinings, The Republic of Tea, Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime
BECAUSE IT: Prevents new fat cells from forming

White tea is dried naturally, often in sunlight, making it the least processed and richest source of antioxidants among teas (as much as three times as many polyphenols as green tea!). A study published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism showed that white tea can simultaneously boost lipolysis (the breakdown of fat) and block adipogenesis (the formation of fat cells) due to high levels of ingredients thought to be active on human fat cells. If there’s such a thing as diet tea, this is it. And keep your waistline toned and tight—in record time—with these essential 29 Best-Ever Proteins for Rapid Weight Loss.


Rooibos Tea

DRINK THIS: Celestial Seasonings, Harney & Sons
BECAUSE IT: Regulates fat-storage hormones

Rooibos tea is made from the leaves of the “red bush” plant, grown exclusively in the small Cederberg region of South Africa, near Cape Town. What makes rooibos tea particularly good for your belly is a unique and powerful flavonoid called Aspalathin. Research shows this compound can reduce stress hormones that trigger hunger and fat storage and are linked to hypertension, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Yup, sometimes the kettle can be as effective as the kettlebell.


Cold Brew

When regular brewed coffee is chilled and stored, two things happen: First, it begins to lose whatever nuance of taste it once possessed; second, it starts losing the polyphenols that give coffee its health benefits. The best iced coffee is cold brewed; it takes more time to make so it will be more expensive, but you’ll taste the difference. Most notably it will be less bitter, which means you can get away with adding less sugar. And less sugar = fewer calories. And start your morning 5 pounds lighter with these perfect best breakfast foods for weight loss.


Old-School Black Coffee

Drinking that second cup of coffee may do more than get you through the workday, it may also save your life.

At least that’s what new research published in the journal Circulation suggests. To come to this finding, Harvard School of Public Health researchers surveyed more than 250,000 Americans over 28 years and asked them questions them about their diet and coffee consumption. After analyzing their rates of disease and death over the following twenty years, they found that among nonsmokers, those who drank between three and five cups of java daily were up to 15 percent less likely to die of any cause than those who weren’t as friendly with their neighborhood barista.



2% Organic, 100% Grass Fed Milk

Organically raised cows are not subject to the same hormones and antibiotics that conventional cows are; no antibiotics for them means no antibiotics for you. Grass fed cows have been shown to have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids (good) and two to five times more CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) than their corn and grain fed counterparts. CLA contains a group of chemicals which provides a wide variety of health benefits, including immune and inflammatory system support, improved bone mass, improved blood sugar regulation, reduced body fat, reduced risk of heart attack, and maintenance of lean body mass. Go for 2%. Skim is mostly sugar.


Chocolate Milk

Drinking a combination of carbohydrates and protein after a hard workout can help restore your energy and aid in building lean, metabolism-boosting muscle, but it turns out that you don’t need a fancy recovery beverage to reap these benefits. After participating in a vigorous cycling session, cyclists who drank chocolate milk were able to ride 51 percent longer in a subsequent workout than those who drank a standard recovery beverage, a 2009 article in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism found. Plus, chocolate milk is cheaper (and tastier) than anything you’ll find in a sports nutrition store.

Smoothies and Juices

What if I told you that you could transform your body and radically improve your health with the push of a button—and it’s would be easier more delicious than you ever imagined? That’s the promise of Clean Green Drinks, the exciting recipe collection of 100+ delicious cleansing recipes from health journalist, chef and TV host Candice Kumai. Here’s a peek at Candice’s book, and three of the best smoothies and juices for your belly.


Best Smoothie for Waking Up

Clean Green Drinks isn’t just about weight loss, but better-fitting jeans is often a happy side effect of juicing. That’s because most fruits and vegetables are low calorie, low in fat, and packed with fiber and vital vitamins and antioxidants that will keep you satisfied and full of energy as you lose weight. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine found that dieters who drank an eight-ounce glass of low- sodium vegetable juice daily over a 12-week period lost, on average, four pounds more than dieters who did not drink the juice. Replace your regular breakfast or lunch with a divine low-calorie, nutrient-packed juice or smoothie and cleanse away the pounds!

Chocolate Morning Wake-Up Smoothie
Serves 2 | Per serving: 150 calories, 2.5 g fat, 10 g protein, 8 g sugar, 7 g fiber

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup baby spinach
1 frozen banana
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon green superfood
2 tablespoons protein powder
1 cup ice

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.


Best Juice for a Flat, Happy Belly

Unlike many bottled drinks that are heated during pasteurization and sometimes hide both synthetic and genetically modified ingredients (as well as a ton of added sugar!), fresh juices are totally raw and you control what goes in them. It’s believed that consuming raw produce boosts digestion by preserving vital enzymes, which means you can beat the bloat and sip your way to more regular bowel movements for a flat, happy tummy!

The Spicy-Ginger Pineapple Green Juice
Serves 1-2 | Per serving: 90 calories, 0.5 g fat, 3 g protein, 15 g sugar, 0 g fiber

3 cups baby spinach
1 medium cucumber
¾ cup fresh pineapple
1 tablespoon fresh ginger root

Directions: Add all ingredients to a juicer and juice. Serve immediately.


Best Smoothie for a Lean, Toned Body

Protein is kryptonite to belly fat, and the building block of a lean, toned bod. I have to admit, when Kumai began writing for men’s nutrition-and-wellness publications, she wasn’t too keen on their obsession with protein powders. Yet, as she began to research and experience the wonders of vegetarian protein blends, she soon became a fan. Within weeks of testing the post-workout smoothies for my book, Kumai’s body leaned up; and she had just as much muscle tone as she did when she was running half marathons. Here’s a delicious recipe to try; one sip and you won’t believe it’s healthy since it takes just like a vanilla shake.

Green Vanilla Almond Smoothie
Serves 2 | Per Serving: 180 calories, 6 g fat, 11 g protein, 8 g sugar, 3 g fiber

1 cup unsweetened coconut water
2 cups baby spinach
1 frozen banana
2 tablespoons almond butter
2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
4 tablespoons protein powder
1 cup ice

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.


And…the Best-Ever Smoothie for Weight Loss Is…

It’s so delicious, and so simple to make, that you can have it as breakfast, a snack, a meal replacement, or even dessert! For Zero Belly Diet, David Zinczenko, co-author of Eat This, Not That!, designed the ultimate program for making your gut disappear.

On each day, you’ll enjoy—and we do mean enjoy—a blended smoothie designed to complement the natural weight loss and lean muscle gain you’ll see from the Zero Belly program. Studies show that high-protein, low-fat smoothies are highly effective at rushing nutrients to your muscles—which is why Dave recommends you have your drink immediately after exercise—and that blended fruit drinks, which include all the fiber, will actually keep you fuller longer than fruit juices.

Natural Energy Drinks

Most energy drinks are like bad online dates. The profile looks promising (so much to offer!), and at first they’re super sweet. But it doesn’t take long before the initial rush wears off and reality hits: they’re devoid of any goodness whatsoever and you’re left feeling jittery and sick, hungry for actually useful weight loss tips.

In fact, because energy drinks are marketed as dietary supplements, companies can sneak past regulations required by the Food and Drug Administration. The result? A crash-and-burn cocktail of excess caffeine, bogus “herbal blends” and enough sugar to make a packet of Skittles look like the better option. According to one study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, a typical energy drink can have as much as a quarter cup of sugar, and upwards of 200 mg of caffeine—more than you’ll find in two very strong cups of coffee (a tall cup has about 71 mg)!

It’s not all doom and gloom. Here’s a roundup of the best low-sugar energy drinks you can rely on for a natural, no-bs boost.


Runa Clean Energy (Original Zero)

Calories 0
Fat 0 G
Sugar 0 G
Caffeine 120 MG

Energy booster: guayusa

What makes Runa Clean Energy special is guayusa, a plant native to the Amazon rainforest with double the antioxidant capacity as green tea, according to a report in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology. Legend has it, indigenous hunters nicknamed the leaf “night watchman” for its ability to heighten awareness and prevent sleep. With as much caffeine as coffee, guayusa is also a rich source of theanine, an amino acid that researchers say can work in synergy with caffeine to calm and focus the brain.The result? A jolt of energy without the jitters. In other words: clean energy.


Ito En Oi Ocha Green Tea

Calories 0
Fat 0 G
Sugar 0 G
Caffeine 60 MG

Energy booster: green tea

Oi Ocha means “Tea, please!” in Japanese. And to that we say, “Yes! Thank you!”A bottle of this calorie-free, sugar-free green tea provides slightly less caffeine than a tall cup of coffee and some impressive detox benefits, especially when consumed pre-workout. In a recent study, participants who combined a daily habit of 4-5 cups of green tea each day with a 25-minute sweat session lost two more pounds than the non tea-drinking exercisers. What makes green tea so waist friendly are compounds called catechins, belly-fat crusaders that blast adipose tissue by revving the metabolism, increasing the release of fat from fat cells (particularly in the belly), and then speeding up the liver’s fat burning capacity.


Petey’s Bing Beverage

Calories 40
Fat 0 G
Sugar 10 G
Caffeine 120 MG

Energy booster: taurine

Petey’s Bing Beverage serves up an extra boost of energy from taurine (1000mg), an amino acid you’ll find in many of the sporty energy drinks due to its ability to improve athletic performance. A recent study in the Journal of Cardiology found participants who supplemented with 500 mg of taurine three times daily for two weeks, were able to significantly increase exercise distance. In addition to the 1000mg taurine, you’ll get a healthy dose of polyphenols from the bing cherries, which research suggests can reduce inflammation and improve cardiovascular health. A month-long clinical trial published in the Journal of Nutrition saw a 21 percent reduction in inflammation markers among men and women who supplemented their diets with bing cherries. (By the way, taurine is probably fine in small doses, but chug too much and the picture becomes less clear.)


FRS One Peach Mango

Calories 15
Fat 0 G
Sugar 2 G
Caffeine 48 MG

Energy booster: quercetin

The unique energy boost in FRS One comes from Quercetin, an antioxidant that mimics the effects of exercise by enhancing the production of mitochondria, the energy-producing units in our cells. An animal study in the American Journal of Physiology that looked at the effect of quercetin supplementation on mitochondrial production and athletic performance, found that a daily dose of 25 mg/kg could double mitochondrial DNA and increase run-til-exhaustion time by 36 percent! The daily recommendation for humans is 500-1000 mg, and a bottle of FRS One serves up 325 mg.


Alo Awaken

Calories 60
Fat 0 G
Sugar 15 G
Caffeine 0 MG

Energy booster: wheatgrass

Caffeine-free and devoid of any artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, Alo Awaken is like a bottle of fresh air—literally! The boost you get comes from a one-ounce shot of wheatgrass—a plant rich in chlorophyll that oxygenates your body by amping up red blood-cell production. A study in The Journal of Surgery found supplementing with chlorophyll may also serve as a powerful immunity boost, able to increase wound healing time by up to 25 percent.


Bai 5

Calories 5
Fat 0 G
Sugar 1 G
Caffeine 35 MG

Energy booster: white tea

A great pick-me-up for dieters, Bai5 serves up a gentle 35 mg caffeine plus 200 g of antioxidant-rich white tea. A study published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism showed that white tea may be especially powerful at targeting fat cells, with the ability to simultaneously boost lipolysis (the breakdown of fat) and block adipogenesis (the formation of fat cells) due to high levels of fat-fighting compounds called catechins, belly-fat crusaders that blast adipose tissue by revving the metabolism, increasing the release of fat from fat cells. The folks at Bai tell us their most popular flavors are coconut, blueberry and mango & pomegranate.


Sambazon Amazon Energy

Calories 40
Fat 0 G
Sugar 8 G
Caffeine 80 MG

Energy booster: guaraná

The caffeine content in Sambazon’s drink line comes from green tea and guaraná, a a native plant from Brazil with roughly twice the concentration of caffeine found in coffee seeds, and—bonus!—the ability to fight fat and lower cholesterol. A recent study found daily supplementation with guaraná could reduce LDL cholesterol levels in healthy adults by as much as 27 percent! And a second animal study published in Clinical Nutrition found guaraná extract supplementation could increase fat metabolism.


Detox Water

It’s no secret that chugging plain H2O can be less than stimulating, but there are fun ways to make this healthy habit less of a chore. Certain fruits have detoxifying properties in their flesh and peels; slice them whole into your water to reap the benefits and hit your water intake quota with an infusion of flavor. For the definitive ways to drink up and de-puff, check out our list of 50 Best Detox Waters for Fat-Burning and Weight Loss!

Protein Drinks

Try Eat This, Not That!’s best-ever smoothie for weight loss—and snag one of these grab-and-go bottles for those hectic days. The protein will keep you fueled and focused for the long to-do list ahead. They all clock in under 200 calories, are packed with at least 10 grams of protein and have no more than 18 grams of sugar.


So Delicious Almond Plus Unsweetened Almond Milk, 16 fl oz

Calories 80
Fat 4 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Carbs 2 g
Sugar 0 g
Protein 10 g

Halfway between regular almond milk and a protein shake, this vegan-friendly hybrid is one of our new faves. Despite its protein-packed namesake ingredient, normal almond milk is relatively void of the muscle-building nutrient (it generally has around one gram), which can be a problem for dairy-avoiding vegetarians and vegans. This kind, however, gets blended with pea protein to help you meet your daily requirements. Just be sure to shake the container before you pour; the protein powder separates.


Svelte Banana Creme, 15.9 fl oz

Calories 180
Fat 7 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Carbs 21 g
Sugar 6 g
Protein 11 g

Soy milk is both the source of protein in this fruity shake and the first ingredient, followed closely by banana puree. The complex carbs from the fruit give you sustained energy, plenty of potassium and a deliciously creamy bottled shake. The dessert-like flavor gets high praises from fans of this brand, but it’s in a dead heat with other drool-worthy flavors like Spiced Chai and Cappuccino.


Stonyfield OP Organic Protein, Strawberry, 10 fl oz

Calories 180
Fat 2 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Carbs 27 g
Sugar 15 g
Protein 15 g

Although we tend to favor plant-based proteins, Stonyfield produces a quality option for the milk-loving crowd. Low-fat milk and milk protein concentrate drive both the sugar and protein content, and we can’t scoff at the 1:1 protein to sugar ratio when most companies struggle to get close to 1:2. You won’t find any fancy flavors here, but the chocolate, vanilla and strawberry they do offer should be enough to satisfy most cravings.


Coco Libre Protein, Almond Protein, 11 fl oz

Calories 130
Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Carbs 18 g
Sugar 6 g
Protein 20 g

Sweetened with a touch of stevia, this is a new breed of protein shake, made primarily of hydrating coconut water. Grass-fed milk protein supplies more protein than three eggs–for a fraction of the morning prep time. If you need your fuel with caffeine-derived focus, they offer a coffee flavor that uses plenty of joe–in fact, it’s the second ingredient.


MusclePharm CoCo Protein, Chocolate, 12 fl oz

Calories 120
Fat 1 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Carbs 6 g
Sugar 5 g
Protein 20 g

Rather than raising hell in the locker room with your load shaker bottle, throw one of these in your gym bag for post-pump recovery. Electrolyte-rich coconut water rehydrates you while the nutrients in milk proteins replenish glycogen stores and help muscles recover. After a particular strenuous workout, pair it with a piece of fruit to boost health carbs available for your body’s recovery.


Special K Protein Shake, Chocolate Malt, 10 fl oz

Calories 190
Fat 5 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Carbs 30 g
Sugar 18 g
Protein 10 g

This shake is a surprisingly good option–especially considering the low quality of some of Special K’s cereals. Whereas some of their cereal boxes are loaded with plain sugar, the sugar counts on these bottles include natural lactose from the nonfat milk base. Grab the malted chocolate flavor for a classic dessert-inspired treat that will fill you up instead of leaving you with a sugar crash.


Atkins Advantage, Dark Chocolate Royale, 11 fl oz

Calories 160
Fat 10 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Carbs 6 g
Sugar 1 g
Protein 15 g

This shake attacks hunger, not your blood sugar, so it’s a great option in a pinch. Don’t rely on this one regularly, though. The combination of whey protein and use of carrageenan can cause bloating in those with sensitive stomachs.


SlimFast High Protein Vanilla Cream, 10 fl oz

Calories 180
Fat 9 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Carbs 3 g
Sugar 2 g
Protein 20 g

The classic weight-loss shake got an additional injection of protein, doubling the old amount while slashing sugar content. The newest version of the long-lived shake comes in creamy vanilla and milk chocolate, so you’ll have to go with lower protein if you want something more creative like cappuccino. The key to the best tasting shake possible: always chill it thoroughly.


EAS AdvantEDGE Carb Control Cafe Caramel, 11 fl oz

Calories 110
Fat 2.5 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Carbs 4 g
Sugar 0 g
Protein 17 g

Though we’re not huge fans of some of the filler ingredients, like carrageenan, we love that this shake packs 17 grams of vegan plant-based protein into a container that can be thrown in your work or gym bag. The heft of essential minerals is a bonus when you’re on the go and don’t have time to sit down to a balanced meal.



Zevia Ginger Root Beer

12 fl oz, 0 calories, 0 g sugar

Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Erythritol, Reb A (Stevia Extract), Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Monk Fruit Extract

This small company, founded by soda-loving parents who wanted something healthier for their children, distributes a variety of classic flavors, from cola to ginger ale to grape, without using artificial sweeteners or artificial colors. Instead, they’re sweetened with the sugar alcohol Erythritol. “The upside is that sugar alcohols are not as artificial as some of their counterparts in the low/zero calorie sugar industry,” says Smith, “but they can cause gastrointestinal upset like gas a diarrhea when consumed in excess—although some say that erythritol may be better tolerated than other sugar alcohols. The other plus,” she continues, “is that unlike other sweeteners—specifically artificial sweeteners—they are not thousands of times sweeter than sugar, so they may cause less metabolic confusion in terms of sweetness as compared to caloric delivery, although more research still needed.” Brilliantly, this root beer tastes like the real thing—and is clear, because there’s no caramel color. And what about Diet Coke, or your favorite? See where it ranks on this list of 38 Diet Sodas—Ranked!


Hint Kick

0 calories, 0 g sugar

Ingredients in the Black Raspberry flavor, for example: Purified Water, Black Raspberry, Other Natural Flavors from non-GMO Plants and Natural Caffeine from Coffee Beans

OK, we’re totally cheating here. Hint Water isn’t carbonated, cola-flavored or sold in 64-ounce Big Gulps. But these new flavored bottled waters do have 60 milligrams of caffeine, derived from coffee beans. That’s more than you’ll find in Diet Dr. Pepper (41 mg), Diet Coke (47 mg) or even Mountain Dew (54 mg). So you get all of the pop, with none of the calories—and each flavor is sweetened not with aspartame, but with fruit juice or spice. Try the Lemon Cayenne Hint Kick (and don’t overdo it, since caffeine can dehydrate you), and you’ll never go back to Diet Coke again.


Bai5 Bubbles!

11.5 fl. oz. of the Bolivia Black Cherry flavor: 5 calories, 1 g sugar

Ingredients: Filtered Carbonated Water, Bai® Proprietary Sweetener Blend™ (Erythritol, Stevia Extract), Natural Flavors, Cherry Juice Concentrate, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Fruit and Vegetable Juice (for color), Coffeefruit Extract, White Tea Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Citrate.

Founded by coffee guru Ben Weiss in his Princeton basement, Bai5, a new line of all-natural fruity drinks with exotic flavors, is forecast to rack up $125 million in sales this year. We can see why: Their Bubbles line—with flavors like Guatemala Guava, Jamaica Blood Orange and Bolivia Black Cherry—are the definitive Drink This on this list of Not That!s. Sweetened with fruit juice, erythritol and stevia (not aspartame) and powered by 45 mg of caffeine, thanks to the tea and coffeefruit, they’re delicious enjoyed straight-up or as a mixer. Interestingly, rather that beat Bai5, one soda titan joined them: the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, who once only distributed the product, bought a stake in the company this past April. Meet the Best Diet Soda in America! And to blast even more fat, don’t miss these 30 Skinny Secrets from the World’s Sexiest Women!



Pinot Noir

Having trouble finding an affordable pinot noir? Blame Hollywood! According to economists, the 2004 movie Sideways completely reversed the wine’s falling price, with the most dramatic increase in $20 to $40 wines. Also contributing to the hype: Multiple studies have demonstrated that pinot noir consistently contain the highest levels of resveratrol among wines— and resveratrol has been shown to blast fat. One study found that pinot had more than five times the amount found in California cabernet sauvignon.

While it has the lightest body and tannins of the classic red grapes, pinot can possess a haunting variety of flavors: berries, cola, tea, mushroom, even hints of barnyard. As the lead character Miles eloquently observed, there is something magical about pinot noir.


Sam Adams Light

In a recent Eat This, Not That! taste test, we rounded up all of the light beers we could find that ranked among the top 20 most purchased beers in America. we managed to track down all but Busch Light and Michelob Ultra and filled in the rest of the list with light beers we felt would be missed if they weren’t included. You know, the household names that don’t have the really big advertising bucks behind them. We ended up with a solid list of 13 brews. Of the 13, Sam Adams Light ranked numero uno. It was lauded for its discernable nutty flavor and relatively full body. One tester even noted that it “tasted like something I might find in a nice beer garden!” To find out which other tasty beers topped our list, check out the full report on the Best Light Beers in America.


Old Fashioned

While booze shouldn’t be part of your daily weight loss diet, downing a drink every now and again won’t throw you far off track — so long as you order smart. Every Mad Men fan knows that Don Draper favors the Old Fashioned. And just so long as you don’t sip them to his level of excess, the 119-calorie low-sugar drink can keep you on the track toward your better body goal. Not a fan of whiskey? Check out these other delicious, low-calorie cocktails.


And the Best Drink in America Is…Water

You may feel trendy with a bottle of vitamin-enhanced water in your hand, but that brightly-hued liquid probably isn’t improving your health. Most vitamin-infused H20 is just colored sugar water with some vitamins tossed in—bad news when you consider that Americans take in about 355 calories of added sugar every day. If you want vitamins, get them from vitamin supplements or, better yet, from whole foods (wild salmon, for example, is loaded with energy-boosting vitamin B-12). And if you want water, get it from, well, water. Nature’s beverage is calorie-free, cost-free and will take care of all your hydration needs.

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Drink and Dieting – the Best Drinks for Dieters

Eating and drinking are closely linked eat the right foods and drink the wrong drinks and you will reduce your chances of losing weight.

Best Drinks for Dieters
What are the best things to drink when on a diet? Here we will look at the best drinks to aid weight loss and the ones that can slow down, or make your diet ineffective.

1. Water
Water pure and simple is the single best drink for losing weight and is the most important catalyist for weight loss in ANY diet. A dieter should drink at least eight glasses of water. Water is quite possibly the single most important catalyst in losing weight and keeping it off. Water acts as a natural appetite suppressant by keeping your stomach full and fending off dehydration which can lead to hunger pangs.

  • Many times when you feel ‘hunger signals’, they are actually ‘thirst signals’, so before eating, drink a glass of water instead. Most importantly of all, water helps your body metabolizes stored fat by helping the kidneys flush out waste.
  • When you don’t drink enough water the liver which works to provide stored fat for energy also takes on the task of helping out the kidneys and thus becomes less effective at metabolizing fat.
  • Drinking eight glasses of ice cold water a day burns about 62 calories because your body has to work to raise that waters temperature to body temperature – That amounts to about 430 calories per week.

2. Alcohol and soda

When dieting, don’t drink to much alcohol or sodas that are high in sugar. They contain plenty of calories and also make you feel hungry. So moderation is the order of the day. Not all alcoholic drinks contain the same ingredients and have different affects on a diet.

  • Pure spirits are one of the best type of drinks to consume while on a diet because they contain approx 100 calories and very little in way of carbohydrates. Examples would be shots of vodka, rum, Bacardi, or gin – With no mixer added. If mixing these drinks when on a diet make sure you use diet tonic and diet cola’s etc
  • Wine is ok in moderation and many people like a glass with their meal a typical glass of red or white is both low in carbohydrates and calories. Don’t go for sweet wines though stay with dry as they are not so fattening.
  • Beer is full of calories and really when dieting drink in moderation. Keep in mind that a pint of beer can contain a whopping 300 calories.

3. Coffee & Tea
Coffee is fat-free, but drinking it can be detrimental to diets. This is because, while coffeeis fat-free, many drinks with sugar and milk and that hurts your diet.

  • All you have to do is remember that without added sugar or cream, coffee does not contain any calories. Low and fat free milk is fine, but avoid cream. Finally, go easy on the sugar, if you have a sweet tooth.
  • Plain tea does not have any calories before you add your sweeteners and milk. When it comes to the drinking of iced tea, you need to check the label to make sure that it contains no sugar.
  • Try caffeineless tea. Black or green tea. Many herbal teas possess a diuretic effect.

4. Green Tea
A favorite diet drink is green tea. The benefits of drinking green tea can be seen through the high concentration of antioxidants that can be found.

Studies have also shown that the benefits of green tea for dieting are visible when drinking just one cup a day and weight loss is speeded up.

5. Fruit Juices

When choosing a fruit juice while dieting, you should always look at the nutritional information found on the label. You need to make sure that the juice is made from real fruit and not the sugar-filled concentrates that are loaded with calories. Providing the juice is natural any fruit or vegetable juice can be incorporated in your diet.

6. Milk

Milk contains calories but if used correctly in a diet can help you lose weight. Make sure that you choose low or fat free varieties that contain far less calories. One of the reasons that milk helps some to lose weight because it makes you feel full. It also aids in bone strength, as well as lowers blood pressure and provides a load of other nutrients our bodies need.

Best Drinks for Dieters
When dieting we all have to drink and the choices we make can have a big affect on how much weight we lose as you can from the above. By all means enjoy any drink even alcohol but do so in moderation

Whether you’re shedding extra pounds for a photo shoot, an upcoming vacation, or just because, when there’s a will to lose weight, people will find a way.

One popular strategy: swapping sugary soft drinks for zero-calorie diet soda.

While the science behind whether diet soda can help you shed pounds has been debatable, new research from the University of Colorado and Temple University found that people drinking diet soda lost an average of 13 pounds in 12 weeks—4 more pounds than those who drank just water. Before you go to Costco and get a 12-pack of diet pop, take a look at exactly how the study participants lost the weight.

The research included approximately 300 men and women who already drank at least three diet sodas a day. Participants were divided into two groups: one that drank 24 ounces of a non-nutritive sweetened beverage (NNS) daily without a restriction on water, and another that drank 24 ounces of water daily, but no diet soda. The participants attended 12 weekly group meetings led by registered dieticians or clinical psychologists to help them with weight loss. By the end of the 12–week study, participants had increased their level of physical activity from 4 to 5-6 hours per week, on average.

After 12 weeks, the diet soda gulpers lost an average of 13 pounds compared to an average of 9 pounds for the H20 drinkers. The diet fizz group also felt less hungry, while hunger in the water group slightly increased. Lastly, reductions in LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol were significantly greater in the diet soda group than in the water group. So, why exactly did diet soda drinkers lose weight?

“It probably has more to do with satisfying a sweet tooth than any particular mechanism for weight loss that a diet soda offers,” says Colette Heimowitz, vice president of nutrition at Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. and author of The New Atkins Made Easy. “Further studies will be needed to ascertain the mechanism(s) that may be responsible for the weight loss advantage.”

While diet soda may contribute to weight loss efforts, it won’t hydrate you the same way that water does, and hydration is essential for maximum athletic performance.

“My personal opinion is that 24 ounces a day is a bit excessive,” says Heimowitz. “I usually recommend limiting to one diet soda daily, and on occasion two daily, in order to encourage the consumption of other things to hydrate with, like water and unsweetened green tea. Longer term studies are needed to determine health impact of 24 ounces of NNS daily.”

Basically, the participants in the water group probably didn’t lose as much weight because they ate more sweets as a result of giving up their daily fix of diet soda for 12 weeks.

Heimowitz shares her tips on avoiding cravings for high-calorie foods: “Eliminate added sugar, don’t go too long between feedings, and concentrate on consuming a combination of adequate protein, high fiber foods, and healthy fats. On the occasion that you want something sweet, substitute with a NNS.”

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What’s the Difference Between Club Soda, Seltzer, Sparkling and Tonic Water?

Simply put, club soda, seltzer, sparkling and tonic water are different types of carbonated drinks.

However, they vary in processing methods and added compounds. This results in different mouthfeels or flavors, which is why some people prefer one type of carbonated water over the next.

Club Soda

Club soda is carbonated water that has been infused with added minerals. Water is carbonated by the injection of carbon dioxide gas, or CO2.

Some minerals that are commonly added to club soda include:

  • Potassium sulfate
  • Sodium chloride
  • Disodium phosphate
  • Sodium bicarbonate

The amounts of minerals added to club soda depend on the brand or manufacturer. These minerals help enhance the flavor of club soda by giving it a slightly salty taste.


Like club soda, seltzer is water that has been carbonated. Because of their similarities, seltzer can be used as a substitute for club soda as a cocktail mixer.

However, seltzer does not contain added minerals, which gives it a more “true” water taste.

The absence of minerals also allows seltzer to be enhanced with flavorings like citrus without altering the taste.

Seltzer originated in Germany, where naturally occurring carbonated water was bottled and sold. It was very popular, so European immigrants brought it to the US.

Sparkling Mineral Water

Unlike club soda or seltzer, sparkling mineral water is naturally carbonated. Its bubbles come from a spring or well with naturally occurring carbonation.

Spring water contains a variety of minerals, such as sodium, magnesium and calcium. However, the amounts vary based on the source from which they were bottled.

According to the FDA, mineral water must contain at least 250 parts per million dissolved solids (minerals and trace elements) from the source where it was bottled (2).

Interestingly, the mineral content of water may change the taste significantly. That’s why different brands of sparkling mineral water typically have their own unique taste.

Some producers further carbonate their products by adding carbon dioxide, making them even more bubbly.

Tonic Water

Tonic water has the most unique taste of all four beverages.

Like club soda, it is carbonated water that contains minerals. However, tonic water also contains quinine, a compound isolated from the bark of cinchona trees. Quinine is what gives tonic water a bitter taste (3).

Tonic water was historically used to prevent malaria in tropical areas where the disease was prevalent. Back then, tonic water contained significantly higher amounts of quinine (3).

Today, quinine is only present in small amounts to give tonic water its bitter taste. It is also commonly sweetened with either high-fructose corn syrup or sugar to improve taste (4).

Tonic water is often used as a mixer for cocktails, especially those including gin or vodka.

Summary Club soda, seltzer, sparkling and tonic water are all types of carbonated drinks. However, differences in production, amounts of minerals or types of additives result in unique tastes.

You must be aware of the dangers of drinking excessive soda water. However, did you know that drinking it can also benefit you in various ways? Carbonated water contains carbon dioxide, which makes the fluid fizzy and bubbly and it can provide as many benefits as drinking plain water. Here are some of the benefits of consuming the same.

Helps relieve stomach ache

Carbonated water and other types of soda can help relieve the stomach of aches and even help people, who are suffering from nausea or indigestion, feel better. Some researchers found that drinking carbonated water had significantly reduced the indigestion of those that drank it during a study. Even though there are no studies to support this, many people drink carbonated water to help reduce their nausea.

Helps relieve constipation

Constipation is a condition in which the person who is suffering from it have lesser bowel movements than they are supposed to. People suffering from constipation may experience gas, bloating, and painful bowel movements. According to a study conducted in the year 2002 by some experts, carbonated water may help to treat constipation. The researchers had given some subjects water while they gave some other subjects soda water so that they could study the effects of the same on different people. The subjects, who took carbonated water showed significantly lesser constipation as compared to those that drank ordinary water.

Hydrates the body

Both soda as well as regular water can hydrate you. However, this kind of water can give your body better hydration. While many people believe that soda is a diuretic that could dehydrate you, it is not true. The Mayo Clinic says that soda and other carbonated drinks can hydrate the body as well as water can. This kind of water has, in fact, the same benefits as drinking ordinary water.

Decreases the risk of heart diseases

When a group of pregnant Spanish women were given carbonated drinks that were rich in sodium as part of a study, they exhibited lower risks of heart diseases. Moreover, those that drank carbonated water also exhibited improved overall digestion along with the gallbladder emptying as well as lower incidences of dyspepsia and constipation. The benefits of drinking carbonated water were found only through studies conducted on groups of people, who only reported to not only feeling better after consuming it, but also to showing an improvement in their digestion of food and so on.

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Low Carb Gin Tonic Cocktail | Low Carb Cocktails


My go-to, no-brainer cocktail is a Gin Tonic. This classic and easy drink is light, refreshing, and perfect for any occasion. Here is my twist, a No-Guilt, Low Carb Gin Tonic Cocktail! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Low Carb Twist on a Classic Gin Tonic

About a year ago, I had to switch to a low carb (carbohydrate) diet and I was bummed that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy my favorite cocktail. Since carbs suddenly became precious, I didn’t want to exhaust my daily allowance in drinks:-)

Well, they say that necessity is the mother of all new cocktails (if I may twist the phrase a bit). I tried several different options, including diet tonic (yuck) and using club soda instead.

Finally I came to this simple hack: start with a good quality Gin and just replace half the tonic with club soda, and you can barely tell the difference.

Fewer Carbs Than a Glass of Red Wine

In fact, with half the tonic, it turns out that a Gin Tonic has lower carbs and lower calories than a glass of red wine!

Each ounce of tonic water has about 2.5 grams of carbs. Gin has zero carbs. So, a regular Gin Tonic, with 3 ounces of tonic, is about 130 calories and 7.5 grams of carbs, all in the form of added sugar (as much carbs as half a slice of bread).

The recipe below has 1.5 ounces of tonic (one measure of the Standard Jigger) and 1 ounce of soda, leading to about 110 calories, but only 3.75 grams of carbs. A glass of red wine has about 125 calories and 3.8 grams of carbs. See, I told ya!

So, next time you have an urge for a Gin Tonic, try this no guilt, low carb, and lower calorie recipe. This is my favorite low carb cocktail.

By the way, my favorite Gin currently is “Rangpur Tanqueray“; if you haven’t tried it already, believe me its worth a shot.

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  • Low Carb Mojito
  • Cranberry Moscow Mule
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  • Mulled Wine (Gluhwein)
  • Spiced Apple Cider
  • Mango Lassi

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Low Carb, No Guilt Gin Tonic Cocktail

This twist on the classic Gin Tonic recipe, reduces the carbs with a simple hack. Read on how to enjoy this light and refreshing drink without feeling guilty. 4.8 from 10 votes Pin Cook Time: 2 minutes Total Time: 2 minutes Servings: 1 cocktail Calories: 113kcal Author: Aneesha @ Spice Cravings


  • 1/3 cup ice : about 6-8 medium sized ice cubes
  • 1.5 ounces gin : 1 standard jigger. I recommended Rangpur Tanqueray
  • 1.5 ounces tonic water : 1 standard jigger. I recommended Fever Tree Tonic Water
  • 1 ounces club soda or seltzer water : 2 measures of the small side of a standard jigger
  • 1 lemon twist or 2 drops of lemon juice


  • Put ice in a nice high-ball glass
  • Use a standard jigger to add the gin, tonic and soda. I keep my gin in the freezer, so that its absolutely chilled and also use chilled tonic and soda.
  • Twist and add a lemon peel or a full lemon slice to the glass. You can alternatively put a few drops of lemon juice.
  • Stir gently and sip away!


Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates. If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.


Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Sodium: 11mg | Sugar: 3g Course: Drinks Cuisine: American Keyword: Cocktail Did you try this recipe?Mention @SpiceCravings or tag #spicecravings!

This recipe was was updated in 2019 with new photos, helpful information, tips, and step-by-step photos.


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