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.