A friend of mine recently told me that he is trying to loose weight. He has changed his diet and he is exercising and trying to stay active. All these are good, but my friend is obsessed with coffee. He changed his diet but hasn’t cut down his coffee intake yet. Failing to realize that caffeine is bad if you are trying to loose weight.
Many of us watch what we eat but not what we drink when on a diet. That’s a mistake. The average person drinks one out of five of their daily calories. Choosing the right drinks can tweak your metabolism, curb your appetite, and help cut calories. You may feel you already know the bad guys right, the milkshakes, the energy drinks, the margaritas, unnecessary sport drinks and the super sized coke.
But that’s not all that’s ruining your plans to get in shape, even some seemingly-innocent drinks can set you back. You can literally guzzle down hundreds of calories without even realizing it.
Which drinks are spoilers on the path to weight loss?
1. Coffee drinks
Coffee isn’t going to help you in your quest to lose weight. But that doesn’t mean you have to give it up totally. You should try to take your coffee without soy milk or cream. It’s advised you take it black or you can add a splash of whole milk. This will help you cut a lot of calories from cream or all those creamy brews you normally take.
If you are not a fan of plain coffee, you can add a pack of sugar to your brew. Anything more than that will start your weight-loss plan. If you’ve got a serious sweet tooth, a better option is to add artificial sweeteners with zero calories.
2. Skim milk
Various research has shown that consumers of fat-free milk or 1% milk tend to gain more weight than those that take whole unsweetened milk. Also, avoid milk substitutes like almond milk or rice milk especially if you prefer the flavored kinds. If you are trying to lose weight stick with 2% or whole milk. These are a great source of calcium which helps you burn fat more efficiently. It is also a top source of muscle building protein.
3. Fruit juices
Juice can have as many calories as soda, but it has more nutrients. This presents a dilemma: You want the vitamins and antioxidants without all the extra sugar. Look for 100% fruit juice. Steer clear of juice drinks that have added sweeteners. Check the nutrition label for the percentage of real juice. You can also slash calories by drinking water with a tiny bit of juice added.
4. Iced tea
Stay away from Iced tea, either the one you get at a restaurant or in a store. It feels so light, but it contains so much added sugar, you might as well take a soda. If you are going to pick up a tea drink while you are away from home, Read the labels carefully. You can take those made with artificial sweeteners that contain no calories at all.
Better yet, brew your own tea at home and in some squeezed fresh lemon to cut the bitterness.
Smoothies can be healthy, but it all comes down to portion control. We tend to go overboard when making smoothies. You wouldn’t sit to eat five servings of fruits at the same time, so why will you drink it?
Blend a banana, strawberries, and blueberries into a frothy smoothie, and you’ve got a delicious drink. Make your own, so you can control the ingredients: skim milk (or an alternative, like almond milk) and fresh or frozen fruit is all you need. Restaurant smoothies may include ice cream, honey, or other sweeteners that boost the calorie count sky-high.
A shot of hard liquor has fewer calories than wine or wine coolers, but once you mix in soda or cream, watch out. An 8-ounce white Russian made with light cream has 715 calories. A less fattening option is to mix rum or vodka with diet soda.