What drinks are healthy during Intermittent Fasting?

by - March 30, 2019


Believe it or not (and you better believe it), what we drink plays a huge role in weight loss and/or gain.

Ever heard the quantity of sugar in just a bottle of some carbonated drinks? You’ll be mighty shocked. And if you did not already know, sugar translates to calories, a.k.a. fat!!!

As harmless (and heavenly) as those bottles look (especially on that very hot sunny day when the throat is so parched from all that hard work and the bottle is shining ice-cold with its content just waiting to run down your throat and ease those sore muscles), you must learn to resist the urge of going for them and discipline yourself.

So, the point of watching what you eat or drink during the fast is to ensure that though you are eating/drinking, you don’t “break” the fast.

This simply means that though you’re feeding (or drinking), you don’t break the good habit you’re trying to build by taking in those things that are calorie-condensed and would therefore hamper progress.

Getting right into it, let’s look at those drinks that are healthy and therefore okay to take during IF, and those that are NOT!

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THE GOOD WATER


Yes, yes, yes and yes again. It is extremely important to stay hydrated as you fast and water is man’s best friend in that regard.

Water has a lot of health benefits such as being useful for cleansing the system, helping the skin stay clear and fresh, useful to clear the kidney and avoid kidney stones, and the list just goes on.

General recommendations for daily water intake from all food and beverage sources are about 11 cups of water for women, and about 15 cups for men. Water will keep you full thus curb your hunger through the day.

WATER CAN BE BORING! Yes, we know. So an idea to keep your water intake interesting is to squeeze a little lemon or lime juice into it to give it some taste, you may also add orange or cucumber slices. This also helps get rid of any cravings you experience.

Furthermore, you can also take sparkling or flavored water with an infusion of fresh fruit.

COFFEE AND/OR TEA


To clarify for our readers, tea is the clear liquid that is brewed when a teabag is placed in a container and hot water is poured over it.

Some examples are green tea, herbal tea, brown tea and the likes. Coffee or tea as the case may be (either caffeinated or decaffeinated), have no calories and may help you burn fat faster by increasing ketone production.

Studies also show that it may help stabilize blood sugar if used over a long period. If you want the benefit but can’t stand black coffee or plain tea, try adding some spices such as cinnamon to make it more palatable, but stay away from sugar and cream or milk.

Please note that when drinking caffeinated coffee and tea, ensure you are balancing them out with water. Decaffeinated coffee and teas will ensure that you are getting the hydrating effect needed from your beverage.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR


Drinking apple cider vinegar (ACV) diluted in filtered water is an excellent remedy for many health concerns and is also a tasty beverage during intermittent fasting.

It is loaded with potassium and other nutrients. Some of the possible benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar during your fasting hours may be boosting metabolism, producing healthy gut bacteria, helping prevent cancer and improving skin health.

THE BAD ALCOHOL


Studies show that drinking alcohol during the fasting hours may inhibit fat burning. Instead of burning fat, your body will consume the alcohol for energy basically negating any positive effects of your fasting hours.

MILK


Milk is full of carbohydrates and lactose, which is sugar.

You should avoid all kinds of milk during your fasting hours whether they be coconut, almond or any other kind of milk. These may have fewer carbs but they still have calories and should also be avoided.

ENERGY DRINKS


With the weakness that comes with fasting, taking energy drinks for that extra boost would definitely seem like a good idea.

On the contrary though, energy drinks are either loaded with sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Since artificial sweeteners may spike insulin, it’s better to avoid massive doses of it. If you want a caffeine boost during your fasting hours, stick to black coffee or tea.

JUICE


Juice is not calorie-free and would not fit in with a no calorie intermittent fasting program. That makes it a no-no and so should be avoided.

In conclusion, you must be as conscious of what you drink, as much as you are of what you eat if you must record good success as you embark on intermittent fasting.

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