We are so focused on our food choices while sticking to a mindful diet that we often times overlook the simplest and most calorie dense offenders – liquids. Often times we starve ourselves of that second helping, we pass on dessert, and for what? The pounds still don’t come off. Its enough to drive any sane person trying to shed weight towards Crazyville.
Lets take a step back and look at our behaviors objectively, and without judgement for a moment. Was that second cup of coffee with extra cream and sugar worth it? How about that jumbo large soda at lunch?
In a society where we are constantly trying to cut calories by starving ourselves, or living off brown rice and broccoli at every meal, consider that gas station fountain drink the culprit.
How many extra calories are you drinking per day contributing to weight gain?
Lets take a look at a popular menu item from a well known coffee chain. Opt for a lighter version by substituting lowfat milk, shaving 50 calories and nine percent fat off your morning routine. Extra points: make your own coffee at home and sweeten to taste to not only save calories but also dollars.
Caramel Macchiato 2% Milk
Nutrition Facts Per Serving (16 fl oz)
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 60 % Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 3.5g 18%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Soft drinks are one of the great evils of the world. They are full of sugar (a whopping 10 teaspoons per 12 fl oz) and are void of all nutritional content. Soda is a luxury drink, meaning it contains absolutely no essential vitamins or minerals, but still adds about 140 calories per 12 fl oz to your diet.
Not losing weight while still enjoying your favorite soft drink? Not surprising. Lose the fizz and the pounds will fall off.
Like soda, bottled juices are pretty much void of all of their original starting nutrition. Consider the process in which the fruit goes to prepare it for shelf stability. If you’ve ever made fresh juice at home, you know the juice is only good for a few hours. After that, it turns bitter and is rather undrinkable. Makes you wonder what they put into bottled fruit juices to preserve the taste?
Stick to water and natural, fresh organic fruit. Bottled fruit juices are a major scam and a major offender to your waist line.
Are you one of those people who can’t wait to get home to plop in front of the couch and crack open an ice cold beer? You might want to consider this behavior the next time you hop onto a scale and curse the fat Gods.
One or two beers a day is not really an issue. In fact, drinking one beer a day (as well as a glass of wine) can have great effects on lowering blood pressure. Just keep in mind the average 16 oz beer contains over 100 calories.