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Beverages You Should Avoid if You Want to See Fitness Progress

Fitness has two sides to it: the exercise routine and the diet. If you really want to see measurable progress as quickly as possible, you can’t have one without the other. Here are some common beverages that you’re probably going to want to avoid.


As fun as it is, and as important as it can be for socializing, alcohol is bad news when it comes to meaningfully improving your body. The reason it’s enjoyable to drink is that it is a toxin your body cannot properly process. On a physical level, this is why we get drunk.

Of course, it’s not terrible in moderation–but it’s always hard on your body. Drinking alcohol dehydrates you, and often carries with it lots of unhealthy calories (most notably those found in beer). It’s almost always best to just avoid it entirely when working out.


Soda is a widely popular drink that you can find just about anywhere. It’s delicious and cheap and the high sugar content can give you a temporary energy boost. That being said–it’s another beverage that it would be a good idea to just leave off the menu indefinitely.

Soda is full of sugar that can cause cavities and damage your enamel. This high sugar content is quite unhealthy. Someone who is trying to get into shape will only be held back by it. It carries no nutrients or benefits besides slight hydration, but you would be far better off just drinking water in ten cases out of ten.

Energy Drinks

These ones are unhealthy for a lot of the same reasons as soda. They tend to be created for enjoyment, not functionality. As a result, you’re going to get a lot of drinks with a large amount of sugar and preservatives. High fructose corn syrup is a common ingredient you should definitely avoid. While the high caffeine content can give you a temporary energy boost, it always comes with a crash afterward. Too much caffeine consumption can even lead to a dependence that you don’t want. If you want to find energy, there are much healthier, more natural options to explore. Your exercise and sleep routines are key to having more energy.

When in doubt, water is the way to go. Gatorade or other such sports drinks can also be effective at times, but water is the only beverage with no negative effects. If you stick to a clean diet and a good routine you’ll be feeling better in no time at all.

Did you enjoy reading this article? Here’s more to read: How to Prepare Before You Work Out

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