Despite what Instagram influencers claim, you can’t drink yourself skinny with weight loss beverages. There is no single beverage that stimulates fat loss, according to Melanie Boehmer, R.D. at Lenox Hill Hospital.
“Straight up, if we are talking about weight loss, we are talking about a caloric deficit,” says Boehmer. And watching how many calories you consume from beverages can help you eat fewer calories overall.
“It is very easy to consume excess calories via beverages,” says Boehmer.
You’ll want to minimize the amount of high-calorie beverages like cocktails or soda if you’re looking to lose weight. Ultimately, your main goal should be hydration.
” If you are adequately hydrated you are less likely to experience cravings,” she says.
People who were hydrated—determined through urine samples—had lower Body Mass Indexes compared to people who were not, according to a 2016 study published in the Annals of Family Medicine.
Boehmer says dehydration may lead to sugar cravings in some people—which could also lead to weight gain.
Although Boehmer recommends getting most of your nutrients through food, protein-packed beverages can also help with weight loss, she says.