If you don’t already know, intermittent fasting is one of the hottest weight loss crazes around in recent months and years.
And that’s for good reason.
It’s fast, easy, and it works!
I’ve lost over forty pounds on intermittent fasting – and kept it off. Something I struggled with for many, many years before giving intermittent fasting a try.
So I will sing loud and proud from the mountains and the rooftops that it really does work and is worth giving a try, provided you get the clearance from your doctor to do so.
One consideration you may have if you want to try fasting is what you should drink during your fast.
In this article, I’ll share seven of the best liquids to drink while intermittent fasting for weight loss.
Intermittent Fasting Basics For Beginners
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In case you don’t already know how fasting works, feel free to check out the complete guide to fasting.
If you want the quick n’ dirty version, though, I’ll explain it briefly just to make sure we’re on the same page.
So fasting works by restricting when you eat, rather than what you eat.
It’s not really a diet.
No food is technically off-limits, so long as you eat reasonable portions and only within a specific window of time each day.
The most popular intermittent fasting schedule is 16:8, where you fast for 16 hours of the day and eat all your day’s food within the remaining eight consecutive hours.
Keeping things simple, this equates to skipping breakfast, eating lunch around or after 12, and finish your last bite of food for the day around 8 pm.
Now that you know what fasting is let’s talk more about the fasting window.
What Should I Drink During My Fasting Window?
First, keep in mind that generally speaking, during your fasting window you want to consume as close to zero calories as possible.
Depending on who you ask, some people say keeping it under fifty calories or so is harmless.
Others are staunchly against this and will try to fight you online if you drink anything other than water during a fast.
You’ll have to decide for yourself how you feel and what you’d like to include in your intermittent fasting diet plan.
If you choose to consume beverages that have more than zero calories, this is known as “dirty fasting.”
If, on the other hand, you stick to zero calories with no additives at all, this is known as “clean fasting.”
I’ve had success going the dirty route and found no problem with losing weight while consuming a variety of beverages, which I’ll share with you below.
But some people have reported that their bodies hold on to excess weight and fat if they don’t go 100% clean.
My advice to you is to block out all the noise and experiment!
We are all different, and nobody can tell you what to do with your body.
Your body, your rules. Period.
Okay, now, with no further ado, here are the seven best liquids to drink while fasting for weight loss!
7 Best Liquids To Drink While Intermittent Fasting
First and foremost, this may come as no surprise, but the #1 best liquid to drink during your fasting window is water.
Water is critical because so much of the time, we think we’re hungry when we’re really just dehydrated.
In fact, I used to struggle with feeling low-energy in the morning, even if I had lots of sleep the night before. But it occurred to me that how often do we humans go during our waking hours without a drink of water?
If you’ve been sleeping for eight hours with no water, your body is dehydrated.
Make a habit of drinking 24-ounces of water as soon as you wake up, and you’ll be so amazed at how much better and brighter you feel in the morning, and how much less hungry you feel during your fasting window!
RELATED: Check out these tips for sneaking more water into your day!
What If I Hate Water?
If you’re one of those people who don’t enjoy drinking water, you have a few options (provided you’re cool with dirty fasting and all.)
First, you can try infusing your water with lemon or cucumber. You may get some calories from these, but it would be so few that it wouldn’t matter.
If it gets you to drink more water, it’s worth it.
The other option is to use water enhancers to increase flavor while also providing electrolytes to increase hydration.
My favorite brand is Mio Drops. They are calorie-free and taste delicious! I always buy a few sets at a time, so I never run out, and they do help!
Next up on the list of best beverages to drink while fasting is coffee.
Now, the consensus is that black coffee with no sweetener, creamer, or any additives is best, and I’ll have to say I agree.
I think you should give black coffee a try for at least a week or so if you can muster it up.
It may sound gross, but you just might start to like it!
If you don’t like it hot, maybe try it cold? I’ve found that to be helpful to me.
But if you’ve tried black coffee and just can’t hack it, you’ve got a few options.
First, you can add a little bit of zero-calorie artificial sweetener, provided you’re okay with that idea.
I’ve always used sucralose liquid sweetener with great results!
The thing I love most about sucralose is that all it takes is one tiny drop, and you’ve got it made.
One bottle lasts me almost a year, too! And it’s cleaner than the powdered sweetener as well.
Another option is using just a dash of milk or creamer, but I don’t do this personally.
I think it’s a slippery slope. And I don’t know about you, but I’d need way more than 50 calories worth of creamer to make it taste like anything. So I don’t even bother.
Another option if you don’t like the taste of black coffee is green or black tea (or any other zero-calorie tea, really) without sugar.
The caffeine in either coffee or tea helps to suppress hunger while giving you energy to power through your morning. So either option works well if you have to get a caffeine buzz.
Again, I use sucralose sometimes to sweeten my tea, but I find the taste of plain tea unoffensive enough to go without.
4- Detox Tea
One of my secret weight loss weapons for intermittent fasting is detox tea!
The best thing about this detox tea (other than the cleansing and easing belly bloat) is that it smells and tastes incredible!
In my opinion, there’s no need to add any sweetener. It’s that good.
And if you have issues feeling “backed up,” you’ll get great results with this delicious tea.
It also helps reduce hunger too without dehydrating you, so that’s even more benefits in one tasty beverage.
Try it for yourself and be amazed at just how effortless following your chosen intermittent fasting diet plan can be!
5- Apple Cider Vinegar
Another drink you can enjoy while fasting is water with a dash of apple cider vinegar mixed in.
Some people don’t like the taste, but I find it refreshing first thing in the morning!
Every blue moon, I’ll feel like I need a break from caffeine while intermittent fasting, yet I still want a nice energy boost in the morning.
This is it!
The thing is, though, that you need to make sure you get the right kind of apple cider vinegar, though. You need the kind with “the mother,” or it won’t work.
The kind I use and recommend is Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.
It’s the perfect fat flushing, energy-boosting start to your day on intermittent fasting!
6- Bone Broth
Next, you might like to try bone broth while intermittent fasting.
There are some calories in bone broth, mind you, but not enough to make a difference if your primary method of losing weight intermittent fasting is by cutting calories.
I don’t use this option as much because I find that I’m satisfied with the others I’ve shared in this article, but if you’re craving something different, I recommend giving it a try!
7- Zero-Calorie Beverages
I’ve saved this one for last because it’s probably the last-ditch option if you want to be healthy while intermittent fasting.
But I put it here because if your primary reason for fasting is weight loss, you can technically still enjoy zero-calorie beverages like diet soda or sugar-free energy drinks and still lose weight.
I’ll put it to you like this.
When you’re just starting with intermittent fasting and feeling like you can’t make it through otherwise, but you might if you can have your Diet Pepsi or your Red Bull to get you going?
If the choice is between cracking open one of those and making it until noon, or not fasting altogether?
You’ll probably do better off to do what gets you through in the beginning.
Throughout my intermittent fasting weight loss journey, I’ve gone in and out of these drinks.
I know it’s not the ideal way to be healthy, and while I do want to stay and be slim, health is also important!
But I don’t beat myself up if I make this choice. You shouldn’t either!
Just don’t do this every single day, and make sure you try to wean yourself off if you’re using these to start out, okay?
Fasting Is Fasting
So there you have it – seven drink options to get you through your intermittent fasting window and still lose weight!
Remember, you may need to take some time trying different approaches on for size before you learn what works best for you.
Give yourself time, but try your best, okay?
I hope you found this article informative and that it helps you reach your weight loss goals.
Intermittent Fasting Tracker
Though you don’t have to count calories, you WILL want to track your fasting hours, workouts, and take notes on how you’re feeling, what’s working and what’s not.
I personally found many fitness planners that would track one thing but not the other, as they weren’t geared specifically toward intermittent fasting.
Frustrated, I chose to create the perfect intermittent fasting planner to suit my needs, and it’s available on Amazon Prime if you’d like to grab a copy of your own!
It has everything you need to get started losing weight with intermittent fasting, including a place to track your measurements, 12 weeks of sheets to log your daily fasting hours, pages to track your strength training and cardio workouts each day, space for notes, and a slot for before and after pictures.
Plus, it’s small enough to fit in your purse or gym bag.
It really has been the perfect solution for me! I use it every day to stay on top of my goals. It’s helped me stay focused and organized – which is so important on this weight loss journey.
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