Beverage Recommendations: for your weight loss diet plan
RDietY has every aspect relating to your diet planned out ... except your fluid consumption. This is because fluids are not restricted. You should drink liberally and listen to your body, quenching your thirst as needed.
The Registered Dietitians of RDietY have, however, created 3 beverage categories.
1. Beverages to consume liberally,
2. Beverages to consume moderately and
3. Beverages to avoid.
We ask you to take this list very seriously as you follow RDietY's diet. Many of the beverages on the "avoid" list contain high amounts of simple sugars, artificial colors and flavors, and could be detrimental to your health and the weight loss you already achieved.
Water - 8 cups or (8, 8 oz servings) a day is recommended. We suggest 2, 8oz servings with breakfast, lunch and dinner, and 1, 8 oz serving between meals and before bed. Consuming enough water though out the day is imperative to avoid "thirst related simple carb cravings". These types of cravings are thirst signals gone rouge. You and your brain are convinced you are hungry for food, and you crave simple carbohydrate, when in reality your body is in need of hydration. To avoid the "thirst related simple carb craving" consume water liberally. We suggest purchasing a 16 oz water bottle. Always have it with you, and when you have a seemingly unreasonable, out of control carb craving, have a drink of water first before you eat!
Infused water - Infused water is simply water infused with your favorite berries, fruits, herbs and sometimes even vegetables. For some great water infused recipes visit theyummylife.
Decaffeinated unsweetened tea - Servings of decaffeinated unsweetened tea fall into the "water" category, and can be counted as one of your servings of water per day. Take caution of herbal tea's, with claims on the label, like "boosts your energy" or "helps your sleep". Herbals are not regulated by the FDA, and therefore these claims may not have any scientific backing.
Decaffeinated black coffee - does have small amounts of caffeine However, these cups do count as "water". There has been some controversy regarding the process of coffee decaffeination. There is no definitive evidence suggesting decaf. coffee is detrimental to your heath and therefore we leave consuming decaf. coffee up to you. Learn more about the decaffeination process.
-If you add milk to your tea and coffee, see milk below in "consume moderately".
Fresh squeezed and juiced, fruit and vegetable Juices - Although fresh juices do pack a nutritious punch, we suggest no more than 4 oz of fresh squeezed or juiced, juices per day. Juicing your fruits and vegetables, strips them of their complex carbohydrates including fiber, leaving only simple carbohydrates like fructose. Stripping away the fiber allows the simple sugars in the juice to rapidly be absorbed into the bloodstream and potentially stored as fat very rapidly. *always read you medication labels prior to consuming grapefruit and grapefruit juice, if you have any questions consult your doctor.
Caffeinated coffee and tea - ( including Green Tea). On average a healthy adult can healthfully consume 2-4, 8 oz cups of caffeinated coffee or tea per day. This would equate to about 200 to 300 milligrams (mg) of caffeine per day. - If you drink milk in your tea and coffee please see "milk below"
Diet Soda - Diet sodas have a mixed review, there is some evidence that suggests drinking diet sodas may cause weight gain because the body feels deprived. The brain was told it was getting sugar, by your mouth's sweet receptors, but the sugar was never delivered to the brain, and now the brain is disappointed and craving sugar. Other diet professionals are not convinced, because there is simply not enough evidence to suggest that diet sodas cause weight gain. learn more. We suggest putting diet soda on your "consume moderately list" because of the potential bloating it may cause. Bloating is a sometimes uncomfortable distention of the stomach, and if you are on a diet, trying to lose weight, unnecessary outward expansions of your stomach can be disheartening.
Carbonated Water - The same goes for carbonated water. The carbonation can cause bloating, which can lead to feelings of, counter productive, weightloss hopelessness.
Milk - Milk is the one beverages that is included into RDietY's weight loss menu meal plan. In addition to what you see on the meal plan, we recommend consuming a total of 8 additional oz of (local or organic) milk a day. This is because milk is more than just a beverage, it is loaded with essential proteins, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. The dietitians of RDietY believe the potential advantages to consuming milk, out way the potential disadvantages.
Red wine - We recommend no more than 2, 4oz glasses of red wine per day. We have all heard the blood thinning, antioxidant, heart protecting benefits of red wine. We all, also, know or have heard the addictive qualities and negative side effects caused by drinking to much. We leave drinking red wine up to your discretion.
The "avoid" list is long, and therefore, we classified all of the avoid beverages into one category. ANYTHING WITH ADDED SUGAR. Added sugar includes; high fructose corn sugar, beat juice, corn syrup, simple syrup, honey, and there are many others. Look on the ingredients label and avoid anything with added sugars.
Added sugars are found in these commons beverages
sweet white wines
mixed alcoholic beverages
lemon-aid and lime-aid (all fruit-aids)
prepackaged powdered drinks
frozen juice mixers
*In addition we can not recommend the consumption of straight hard alcohol, and therefore we suggest you AVOID it.