What you drink can be just as important as what you eat for achieving and maintaining your ideal weight, but that doesn't mean your beverages have to be boring. Say goodbye to sugar-loaded colas and cocktails, or, even worse: artificially-sweetened "diet" drinks, and say hello to these tasty substitutes!

1. Water

Staying hydrated is absolutely essential to both healthy living and successful weight loss, and it should stay a part of maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle even after you achieve your weight loss goals. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is about 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids for men and 2.7 liters a day for women, and we recommend 2-4 liters.

Water is used by the body for everything from lubricating your joints to flushing out waste, and staying hydrated has been proven to maximize both physical and mental performance. Adequate hydration can also help prevent headaches, kidney stones, and even hangovers. Additionally, water can improve your skin's health and appearance.

Symptoms of dehydration can also make you feel hungry when you're really just thirsty, and drinking water with every meal can help you feel fuller faster and stay satisfied longer.

If you find yourself getting bored with plain old H20, try adding a little fresh lemon or lime juice for flavor or jazz things up with sparkling water. Just make sure there are no added ingredients or sweeteners, and you should be good to go!

2. Herbal Tea

Though green tea has been getting all the buzz these days, there are plenty of other awesome herbal teas out there that you may want to try to aid with your weight loss process. Most are rich in antioxidants, and the many different varieties have their own unique health benefits. For example, to help with nausea, you may want to try peppermint or ginger tea. To boost your immune system, start sipping on some Echinacea.

For relaxation or help with pre-menstrual symptoms, you may want to brew up some Chamomile.

Sage may be useful for treating sore throats and depression, and another popular tea, the South-African Rooibos, has been found to have potential cancer-fighting properties.

Passionflower tea is thought to reduce anxiety and promote sleep, and tea made from the wild rose hip, along with being a great source of vitamin C, may serve as an anti-inflammatory and relieve arthritis pain.

Of course, these yummy herbal remedies are no substitute for a doctor or prescribed medicine, but try any tea you want if you're just in the mood for something warm and tasty!

3. Coffee

Coffee is full of healthy antioxidants, gives you energy to get through your day, and it has absolutely zero calories! You'll be glad you did. Coffee is one of the most popular drinks worldwide for a reason, and switching to a healthier lifestyle doesn't mean that you have to give it up, though you may indeed have to give up the sugar and cream you're used to having it with. If you can't handle it absolutely black, try natural sweeteners like Stevia and Nativia, or you can also stir in some cinnamon for an extra kick.

Coffee has been associated with reduced risks of heart disease, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and type 2 diabetes. It can reduce oxidative stress and protect against gout, melanoma, retinal damage, colorectal cancer, and a whole host of other diseases, ultimately increasing your longevity. It can even help prevent cavities by killing harmful mouth bacteria, and help you feel more connected to your coworkers.

USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) guidelines recommend drinking 3-5 cups per day.

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