One of the first things a nutritionist will tell you is to cut down on your liquid calories. Cutting down on high calorie liquids can be one of the easiest ways to lose weight, as many drinks can have a deceptive amount of calories. While reading the labels can help, it is easy to lose track of liquid calories, and the issue is further confused by the fact that many labels obscure the true amount of calories by breaking it down into servings. Here are five of the most calorie loaded drinks that you should be avoiding.
In the realm of high calorie drinks, the caramel frappé you pick up on the way to work is probably the worst offender. Coffee shop drinks can contain well over 500 calories–enough to have a good breakfast instead, or a second lunch. If you go back for another one after lunch, you’ll be up to an extra 1000 calories of liquid energy.
While it may seem counter-intuitive, most juice products are not all that healthy for you. Juice has massive amounts of sugar, and many juice drinks on the market contain a very small amount of real juice. When possible, a serving of fresh fruit should be chosen over choice every time.
Soda is one of the leading contributors to today’s obesity epidemic, and with the advent of diet sodas there’s really no excuse. Soda isn’t only a huge calorie source, it’s also packed with unhealthy sugars that will negatively affect your health.
Whole milk, and even reduced fat milk, comes with a huge calorie burden. When drinking milk–which is, of course, a healthy choice–you should stick to fat-free and low-fat versions. You will gain the nutrition without the pounds, and eventually fattier versions of milk will feel far too rich for you.
One of the most recent health crazes, smoothies should not be consumed in mass quantities, no matter how much wheat grass is in them. A single smoothie can have up to 750 calories. The only exception to this is in the event that the smoothie is being used as a meal replacement.
As with most diet plans, changing your diet is a matter of changing your habits. To avoid these high calorie drinks the best method is to substitute them for lower calorie or no calorie items, such as tea instead of coffee, and diet soda instead of soda. Remember that over time your tastes will change, and you will grow to appreciate more subtle flavorings.
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