First though, a look at why what most people drink is usually having the opposite effect and how to avoid it.
The Problem with Beverages
What we drink is often a big contributor to body fat and weight gain. Sodas, commercial fruit juices, sugary milk drinks and alcoholic beverages like beer can all contribute significantly to an expanding waistline.
Cola is particularly fattening (both regular and diet), but packaged fruit juice is almost as bad. It is changed structurally during processing to a point where most of the health benefits are lost and only simple sugars remain. Both are really worth avoiding if you want to lose weight.
Obviously flavored milk drinks will be full of sugar and likely to provoke weight gain, but even regular unflavored milk has been shown to be . This means drinking it causes a strong insulin response – exactly what you don’t want if you’re trying to access stored body fat for fuel.
While organic milk may have a place for very active people and bodybuilders, any true fat burning shake should probably avoid pasteurized cow’s milk. There are better and healthier alternatives and the recipes ahead will use two of the best as a base.
1. Don’t Use Cow’s Milk
As mentioned above, drinking cow’s milk promotes a significant insulin response from your body. This is the opposite of what you’re looking for from a beverage if you’re trying to lose weight.
The two milk alternatives that I like to use in my fat burning shakes are coconut water and almond milk. Almond milk can be and, if you’re lucky enough to have access to fresh coconuts, then the coconut water from inside the hull is extremely healthy.
Realistically, for everyday use, and are great dairy-free alternatives, easy to store and not much more than cow’s milk for all of their health benefits.
2. Avoid Sugar
I’m constantly surprised by how many people will take an otherwise healthy food or drink, add loads of sugar to it and then complain that they are not losing weight. Sugar, not natural fats are the true enemy of weight loss and no shake with loads of sugar can be considered fat burning.
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