The 8 Best Weight Loss Drinks

When used alongside healthy lifestyle changes, certain beverages are more effective than others at promoting weight loss.

Beverages like green tea, coffee and high-protein drinks have been shown to boost metabolism, promote fullness and decrease hunger, all of which may encourage weight loss.

Here are eight drinks that are some of the best to include in your diet when trying to lose weight and get healthy.

1. Green Tea

Green tea is often associated with health, and for good reason.

Not only is it packed with beneficial antioxidants and other powerful nutrients, it’s also one of the most effective drinks for weight loss.

Drinking green tea has been shown to decrease body weight and body fat in several studies.

A review of 14 studies found that people who drank high-concentration green tea for 12 weeks lost an average of 0.44 to 7.7 pounds (0.2 to 3.5 kg) more than those who did not drink green tea (1).

It should be noted that this benefit is linked to green tea preparations that contain high amounts of catechins, antioxidants that may increase fat burning and boost metabolism (2).

Matcha is a type of green tea that contains a higher amount of catechins than loose leaf green tea, which makes it a good choice for weight loss (3).

One study found that women who consumed 3 grams of matcha per day experienced greater fat burning during exercise compared to women who did not drink matcha (4).

Plus, green tea contains caffeine, which can help promote weight loss by boosting energy levels and improving performance while exercising (56).

What’s more, people who drink green tea tend to have lower blood pressure and a lower risk of developing diseases such as heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes (6).

SUMMARY Drinking green tea may help you lose weight by boosting metabolism and encouraging fat loss.

2. Coffee

Coffee is used by people around the world to boost energy levels and lift mood.

This is because coffee contains caffeine, a substance that acts as a stimulant in the body and may benefit weight loss.

Coffee can reduce energy intake and boost metabolism, which may help you lose weight.

One study in 33 overweight adults found that those who drank coffee containing 6 mg of caffeine per kilogram of body weight consumed significantly fewer overall calories than those who drank less caffeine or no caffeine at all (7).

Caffeine intake has also been shown to increase metabolism and promote fat burning in several other studies (89).

Coffee drinkers may have an easier time maintaining their weight loss over time, as well.

A study in over 2,600 people found that those who were successful in maintaining weight loss over time drank significantly more caffeinated beverages than a control group (5).

SUMMARY Caffeinated beverages like coffee may stimulate weight loss by increasing metabolism, decreasing calorie intake and stimulating fat burning.

3. Black Tea

Like green tea, black tea contains compounds that may stimulate weight loss.

Black tea is a type of tea that has undergone more oxidation (exposure to air) than other types of teas, resulting in a stronger flavor and darker color.

Black tea is high in polyphenols, including a group of polyphenolic compounds called flavonoids. Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants that may help reduce body weight.

Studies have shown that the polyphenols found in black tea promote weight loss by reducing calorie intake, stimulating fat breakdown and boosting the growth of friendly gut bacteria (910).

A study in 111 people demonstrated that those who drank 3 cups of black tea daily for three months lost more weight and had greater reductions in waist circumference compared to a control group (11).

Another study in 2,734 women found that those with higher intakes of flavonoid-rich foods and beverages like black tea had significantly lower body fat and belly fat than women who consumed less dietary flavonoids (12).

SUMMARY Black tea contains polyphenols, antioxidants that have been shown to reduce body weight. Studies show that drinking black tea may help reduce body fat and encourage weight loss.

4. Water

Increasing your water intake is one of the simplest ways to improve overall health.

Drinking more water may also benefit your waistline by keeping you full in between meals and increasing the number of calories you burn.

Research suggests that having water before meals can set you up for success when trying to cut back on calories and lose weight.

A study in 48 overweight adults found that those who drank 500 ml (17 ounces) of water before meals while following a low-calorie diet lost 44% more weight over 12 weeks than those who did not drink water before meals (13).

Drinking cold water increases resting energy expenditure, which is the number of calories you burn while resting.

For example, a study in 21 overweight children showed that resting energy expenditure was increased by up to 25% for 40 minutes after drinking 10 ml of cold water per kilogram of body weight (14).

SUMMARY Drinking more water can help burn calories and decrease intake at meals, which can result in weight loss.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, a compound that may stimulate weight loss by decreasing insulin levels, improving metabolism, suppressing appetite and burning fat (1516).

Animal studies have shown that acetic acid can prevent weight gain and decrease fat accumulation in the belly and liver (15).

Although research is limited, there is some evidence that vinegar is effective in promoting weight loss in humans.

A study in 144 obese adults demonstrated that drinking a daily beverage containing 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of vinegar per day resulted in significant reductions in body weight, waist circumference and belly fat compared to a placebo group (17).

Apple cider vinegar slows stomach emptying, which helps keep you fuller for a longer period of time and may reduce overeating (18).

However, it should be noted that drinking acidic beverages like apple cider vinegar can erode teeth, which is why it should be consumed sparingly and always followed by rinsing with water (19).

SUMMARY Although more research is needed on the risks and benefits of apple cider vinegar, consuming a small amount per day may encourage weight loss.

6. Ginger Tea

Ginger is popularly used as a spice to add flavor to dishes and as an herbal remedy to treat a number of conditions such as nausea, colds and arthritis (20).

Human and animal studies have also shown this flavorful root to have a beneficial effect on weight loss.

A study found that rats fed a high-fat diet supplemented with 5% ginger powder for four weeks had significant reductions in body weight and significant improvements in HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels compared to rats fed a high-fat diet without ginger (21).

Although this study used a concentrated ginger powder, a study in humans found that ginger tea also helps reduce appetite and increase calorie expenditure.

One study in 10 overweight men found that when they drank 2 grams of ginger powder dissolved in hot water with breakfast, they experienced increased fullness and decreased hunger compared to days when no ginger tea was consumed.

Plus, the study showed that the ginger tea increased the thermic effect of food (the number of calories needed to digest and absorb food) by 43 calories (22).

Although that isn’t a huge number of calories, this suggests that — when combined with its satiating properties — ginger tea could be an effective way to enhance weight loss.

SUMMARY Human and animal studies indicate that ginger can promote fullness, decrease appetite and increase metabolism, which is helpful when trying to lose weight.

7. High-Protein Drinks

Beverages that are high in protein can curb hunger, decrease appetite and promote fullness, which is important when trying to shed excess pounds.

There are countless protein powders available to consumers that make preparing a quick, healthy snack or meal a breeze.

Protein increases levels of hunger-reducing hormones like GLP-1 while decreasing ghrelin, a hormone that drives appetite (23).

A study in 90 overweight adults found that those who consumed 56 grams of whey protein daily for 23 weeks lost 5 pounds (2.3 kg) more fat than a control group who consumed no whey protein but the same number of calories (24).

Whey, pea and hemp protein powders are just a few varieties that can add a satisfying protein boost to shakes and smoothies that may help you drop pounds.

SUMMARY Protein drinks decrease appetite and increase fullness. Protein powders can be easily added to any beverage for a quick and satisfying snack or meal.

8. Vegetable Juice

Although fruit juice has been linked to weight gain, drinking vegetable juice may have the opposite effect (25).

In one study, adults who drank 16 ounces of low-sodium vegetable juice while following a low-calorie diet lost significantly more weight than those who did not.

Plus, the vegetable juice group significantly increased their vegetable consumption and significantly decreased their carb intake, two factors that are important for weight loss (26).

Consuming whole vegetables whenever possible is the best choice for health due to the high amount of fiber that is lost in the juicing process.

However, consuming a low-calorie vegetable juice can increase your vegetable intake and may even help you lose weight.

SUMMARY Although whole vegetables make the best choice, drinking vegetable juice may encourage weight loss when incorporated into a healthy diet.

The Bottom Line

Certain drinks such as green tea, coffee and ginger tea may help boost metabolism, minimize hunger and increase satiety, all of which can facilitate weight loss.

Additionally, these beverages contain beneficial nutrients like antioxidants and other powerful compounds that can benefit your health.

Replacing high-calorie beverages like soda and fruit juice with the drinks listed above is a smart way to cut calories and help you achieve your weight loss goals.

The above article is courtesy of My EZ Health Guide and is intended for informational purposes only.

47 Comments
  • Brenda
    Posted at 19:28h, 02 October

    Water for me!

  • Darlene
    Posted at 15:56h, 29 September

    Matcha, Matcha Matcha! ( Brady Bunch reference! Lol) . I love it!

  • Nancy
    Posted at 16:39h, 25 September

    Thank you for your comment. Our coaches would agree that water is essential for all living organisms, and is of high importance. Regular consumption of water is highly recommended for many reasons which include increased energy levels, and execration of toxins. Water also has a high impact on weight loss by reducing hunger as a natural appetite suppressant, and by reducing by-products of fat.
    Green tea and black tea are usually warm water with bioactive substances released by the tea leaves. These include caffeine, which is a stimulant shown to aid in fat burning. Most importantly teas contain a massive range of antioxidants. Leaves that contains antioxidants have qualities that make them ideal for promoting weight loss.
    Green tea, black tea and water are all healthy choices to keep hydrated. Our bodies are about 60% water and it is commonly recommended that people drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day to stay hydrated. Some people get tired of drinking plain water and may want the added antioxidants found in tea.

  • Jessica Seeley-Rapol
    Posted at 12:13h, 18 September

    Your best choice is still water.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 17:38h, 12 September

    Yay!! Sometimes just one healthy choice can have a huge impact on our health and wellness.

  • Connie Dishman
    Posted at 00:11h, 12 September

    Lots of good ideas. Love coffee and green tea.

  • victor frost
    Posted at 16:33h, 11 September

    good ideas in this email

  • melissa hernandez
    Posted at 16:01h, 11 September

    Very good article!

  • Connie Dishman
    Posted at 15:25h, 11 September

    I will have to try the green tea.

  • Kristina Lindsey
    Posted at 02:14h, 10 September

    This was an interesting article. I’m going to buy some green tea the next time at the store.

  • Kristina Lindsey
    Posted at 22:16h, 09 September

    I love unsweetened tea, but I definitely need to drink more water. I lost 20 pounds in 4 months by not drinking sugary drinks.

  • Leigh Ann Murray
    Posted at 18:29h, 08 September

    Great info!!

  • Laurie
    Posted at 14:58h, 08 September

    I’m glad green tea is on the list, I drink it often.

  • Shelly Marley
    Posted at 13:37h, 08 September

    Very interesting. I’ll be trying this.

  • John Fry
    Posted at 03:25h, 07 September

    Good information… I’ll try to drink more green tea.

  • Greg Goodley
    Posted at 00:18h, 07 September

    Good article!

  • Lindsay Abell
    Posted at 23:57h, 06 September

    Interesting read! I love tea, so it was nice to learn some of the health benefits of different types.

  • Eric
    Posted at 21:49h, 06 September

    I’m kinda surprised water isn’t top of list for the fact that water also helps in the removing of toxins from our bodies not to mention it’s what we are dependent upon to live.

  • Laurie Lierman
    Posted at 20:14h, 06 September

    Good article

  • Lora mathews
    Posted at 19:22h, 06 September

    Interesting.

  • Elisabeth
    Posted at 18:28h, 06 September

    fantastic

  • Melissa Bowmar
    Posted at 12:33h, 06 September

    Very interesting article!

  • Robin Goodley
    Posted at 11:49h, 06 September

    Good info!

  • Nancy
    Posted at 02:48h, 06 September

    Yes, water can be boring. I like to add a cucumber slice, lemon, or lime with fresh mint to my water.
    Consider trying infused waters. You can be creative; infuse water with fruits, flowers, herbs or colorful veggies for a refreshing drink!

  • Stacey Short
    Posted at 01:27h, 06 September

    Great info! I love coffee and tea!

  • Angie
    Posted at 00:36h, 06 September

    Very interesting. May try some powder drinks. Water gets boring.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 23:16h, 05 September

    Congratulations Sadelle! I encourage you to speak with your doctor before starting any diet or workout plan.
    You can also reach out to our Health Coaches by calling (855)498-4643 or emailing coaches@thePHMP.com.
    For now, here are a few articles you may find helpful.

    http://prsmember.com/2016/04/04/5-ways-to-be-proactive/
    http://prsmember.com/2016/03/10/let-food-be-thy-medicine/

  • Tammy White
    Posted at 21:18h, 05 September

    Very interesting. Will have to try this.

  • Christianne Janes
    Posted at 18:27h, 05 September

    OMG I am Skinner already

  • KATIE OGLESBY
    Posted at 17:59h, 05 September

    I think these are all great suggestions. I love vegetable juice!

  • Anthony belle
    Posted at 17:41h, 05 September

    I do most of that now

  • Jaime Pinette
    Posted at 17:25h, 05 September

    Thanks for the info! Knowledge is power!

  • Amy Vandaveer
    Posted at 17:07h, 05 September

    Great info! Didn’t know the full benefits of tea!

  • Ashley Priddy
    Posted at 17:07h, 05 September

    I like chai tea for its taste as well as it’s health benefits. I saw black tea but didn’t notice if that includes chai.

  • Claire
    Posted at 16:34h, 05 September

    i have recently started drinking a protein shake with egg white protein- it is absolutely delicious.

  • Lori Quigley
    Posted at 16:09h, 05 September

    Good to know!

  • Regina Griffin
    Posted at 16:03h, 05 September

    Great info on what to drink. I’m not a tea or coffee drinker but love water. May try some of these choices though.

  • Sadelle
    Posted at 15:56h, 05 September

    So I just found out I’m pregnant and want to maintain a healthy diet..how do I do so without drinking caffeine and losing weight that I’m not suppose to? Can I still get fit while pregnant?

  • Deb thramer
    Posted at 15:51h, 05 September

    This is very helpful thank you

  • Rachel Rogers
    Posted at 15:40h, 05 September

    Going to try some of these! Here’s to a healthier me!

  • Michelle Stone
    Posted at 15:36h, 05 September

    Educational

  • Deborah
    Posted at 15:36h, 05 September

    Really good information.

  • Sally Dubble
    Posted at 15:33h, 05 September

    Black tea, vegg juice, and water is all i drink.

  • Janie Boulds
    Posted at 15:32h, 05 September

    Interesting read! Thanks.

  • Robin Goodley
    Posted at 15:31h, 05 September

    Good article. Interesting fact on the coffee.

  • Christine Parker
    Posted at 15:30h, 05 September

    Great to know!

  • Janice Brown
    Posted at 15:28h, 05 September

    Great article