A hot summer’s day isn’t quite complete without an icy cold drink in hand. But most of these drinks contain so much sugar that they can threaten your bikini body. So here is a list of 5 Summer Drinks to Avoid.
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1. Fizzy Drinks
Drinking fizzy drinks, even diet ones, can in some ways be as bad as smoking a cigarette. This is because the artificial sweeteners trigger your appetite, making you hungry for more. They are also filled with sugar, one drink can contain around 9 teaspoons, empty calories that have no nutritional benefit. Researchers even suggest that it is directly linked with weight gain and obesity.
So be sure to cut down on your daily consumption of fizzy drinks and satisfy your sweet tooth with juicy fruits.
2. Sports Drinks
If you’re not going to be active in the summer heat then you should stay away from sports drinks. This is because they have a high sugar content (2/3rds more sugar than fizzy drinks), sodium and artificial as well as natural sweeteners. The sodium is there to replenish the electrolytes you lose while you sweat.
But only a few people actually work out hard enough where a sports drink would be necessary. Meaning that, it would just raise your blood sugar levels and ruin your workout efforts. If you can’t keep yourself away look for drinks that are low in sugar and are high in electrolytes.
3. Fruit Juices
Picture a commercial fruit juice as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. They are made from concentrated juice, meaning that they have lots of carbohydrates, are high in calories (a 300ml glass has 150), added sugars and artificial sweeteners.
It also lacks the fibre found in fruit, meaning that your intestines are without the protective barrier which slows sugar absorption. In the end it causes you to have high sugar levels and to gain weight. If you can’t give up your juices, either dilute them with water or squeeze your own.
4. Frozen Coffee Drinks
These frozen coffee delicacies may seem harmless at first but once you add the creams, sugar and syrups you’re creating a sugary monster. This is because they are loaded with sugar and calories which can cause dehydration, weight gain and it can also ruin your hair and skin.
If you need a coffee rush to get up in the mornings rather ask just for iced dark roast organic coffee, to cut on the calories, with skim milk.
5. Alcoholic drinks
So you are at a beach side bar and you just ordered the most amazing sounding cocktail. It may be delicious but most alcoholic drinks, such as wine coolers, beers and cocktails, are high in calories and sugar.
With this it’s no surprise that researchers are linking excessive drinking with weight gain and obesity. So if you’re going to drink, be sure to keep it moderate and replace your drinks with a glass of white or red wine.
It may be difficult at first, but if you avoid and replace these summer drinks with healthy alternatives you’ll be able to keep that toned swimsuit body all the way through summer.