Don’t Drink Your Calories.

Day-beveragesWhile many calorie-conscious people pay attention to the foods they eat, there is a secret calorie culprit that’s easy to miss. What is it? The beverages we consume.

Consider this: Drinking just 8 ounces of orange juice, a medium mocha, 20 ounces of Coke, a 16-ounce fruit drink, a 16-ounce sweet tea and a 12-ounce beer amounts to a whopping 1,370. For an individual looking to maintain a 2,000 calorie diet, that’s nearly 70% of a day’s calories. While that example might sound extreme, consider a night out with friends. If you consume six, 12-ounce beers over the course of the night, you’ll be at nearly 50% of your daily limit.

It’s amazing how quickly beverage calories add up. And it’s even more amazing how easy it is for those calories to go undetected – and thereby sabotage your diet.

On the flip side, cutting beverage calories is really picking the low-hanging fruit of weight loss. Studies also show that if you drink extra calories with a meal, you don’t compensate by eating less food. A glass of water is just as filling as a glass of soda, and so you can eliminate calories without experiencing any increased hunger. Really, it’s a no brainier.

If you just don’t like the taste of water, too bad. Drink it anyway. Water tastes better than being overweight and unhealthy feels. That’s the truth. And you can add a slice of fruit to your water to infuse it with a little flavor. For the waterphobes among us, it can make a difference.

The bottom line: If your goal is shedding excess fat from your body, then replacing any unhealthy or non-essential beverage choices with water needs to be a goal. Save your precious calories for the foods you eat – not the beverages you drink.

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  1. I’ve found a Soda Stream helpful for bubbly water – we don’t add any of the syrups at home. The bubbly water also cuts down the craving for pop or juice.

  2. Alexander says:

    No one ever heard of diet soda? Tastes much better than water.

  3. If you simply must have flavour in your beverage, a few drops of lemon, lime, or pure cranberry juice in a glass of water can add a dash of flavour without many calories.

  4. For those not fund of water, which sometimes I get because I think I’m drinking tasteless spit. Drink it with your meals! You’re not really drinking flavored beverages to taste them, you’re just using the drink to wash food down. Go with water during meals, it’s a tiny baby step in the right direction. If you never go beyond that, at least your meal doesn’t have extra drink calories.

  5. christopher says:

    flavoured bottle water does the trick.skip aspartame and high fructose corn syrup too.

  6. Saying you don’t like water is almost like saying you don’t like air.

  7. Gabriel Elohim says:

    What about sperm? How many calories are there in an ejaculation? I am worried because my boyfriend likes to cum in my mouth around 3 times a day…

    Only a cheap whore like you can help me with that, Davey, please!

  8. How about ION water “electrolyte minerals”? said it can help and have lots of benefits in our body.

  9. Gabriel, “3 times a day”? It’s healthy protein–don’t worry!

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