Are You Drinking Your Calories? Do This Instead…
- Possible Pat
- August 27, 2018
What you drink matters just as much as what you eat. This is also an area that many people overlook, especially when they are trying to lose weight.
It is so easy to reach for a drink and not realize just how many calories that one beverage may have. These drinks can greatly impact your weight loss.
Beverages vary, and the reasons we drink what do varies from drink to drink as well. Sometimes we grab a water because we are thirsty, a glass of wine during a dinner or a cocktail at a social event, a slush or smoothie just for pure enjoyment, or a latte for a quick boost of energy. We tend to drink more than we think we do as well.
If you are not careful, the drinks you choose can make it difficult to lose weight, or they can even make you gain additional weight.
I hear from people all the time. They’ve changed their diet, they’re eating better, and they are cutting calories. They tell me that they have cut out processed foods and are eating more vegetables; they’ve even started a new workout routine! But for some reason, they just can’t lose weight.
There are many factors that can stop you from losing weight, and one of the most common mistakes is drinking your calories. One of the first things I ask people who are eating right and working out but can’t lose weight is what they drink. I then get a variety of answers that explain everything.
How Drinking Your Calories Can Sabotage Your Weight Loss
You can ruin your weight loss efforts by the beverages you are drinking because drinks still contain calories, and they are very easy to consume. When we are trying to lose weight, we can easily forget that what we drink has calories in it, even when the drink seems healthy.
I’ve seen a lot of people turn to “healthy” drink options without realizing the caloric impact on their weight loss. For example, many people may start drinking juice for a sweet treat, or as an alternative to soda without realizing that juice often time has a lot of sugar in it. I also see people grab a shake or smoothie for a healthier treat without realizing that their shake or smoothie can have as many calories as a meal or large snack.
Drinks You Thought Where Healthy, But Aren’t
I’ve seen many people turn to juice when begin changing their eating habits. I understand why people do this. We are told that fruit is healthy, so shouldn’t juice be healthy too? Although there are much worse things you can drink than juice, most juices tend to be high in calories due to the amount of sugar, both natural and added. For example, just 8 oz of orange juice or apple juice can have 100 calories in it. To put this into perspective, a single 12 oz can of soda contains 139 calories.
Shakes and Smoothies
Whether you buy a pre-made shake or make your own at home, these drinks can contain hundreds of calories. These beverages can be delicious, and I’m not saying that you shouldn’t drink them; they aren’t even necessarily unhealthy. The problem with shakes and smoothies is that people often consume them on top of their normal diet.
When done right, shakes and smoothies can help you lose weight by making your meals or snacks more convenient and should take the place of one of your meals, not added on top. If you want to learn how to use a smoothie or a shake as a meal replacement, you can find out in one of my previous blogs.
Energy Drinks and Coffee Drinks
Sometimes we just need a pick me up in the middle of the day. For an added boost of energy, many of us grab a Red Bull or a latte. Although these drinks are a quick fix when we are feeling sluggish, they are also a major source of calories. Just one can of Red Bull contains 168 calories, and a typical latte can hold almost 200 calories. This is more than a can of soda, which we all know can have a negative impact on your weight loss.
If you need a quick pick me up, try a plain cup of black coffee or a shot of espresso. These drinks contain only 2-3 calories a serving. The trouble comes in when you begin adding creamers and sugars.
We know that drinking sodas can impact our weight loss, but diet soda isn’t all that great either. When I began my journey, I switched from regular soda to diet and then eventually moved to soda water, and finally water. If you are using diet sodas to wean yourself off of sodas all together, I get it.
As long as you continue to remove sodas from your diet, you are headed in the right direction. When I was giving up sodas, I switched from regular to diet and then began to limit how much I had a day. Over time I limited my self more and more until I finally just gave it up.
Don’t let the name fool you. Just because the word “diet” is in the name, doesn’t mean it will help you lose weight. In fact, drinking diet sodas can lead you to eat more. This is because the artificial sweeteners used in these drinks can actually trigger your hunger signals, making you feel like you are hungry when you are not.
When it comes to sodas, your main goal should be to remove them completely from your life.
Healthy Drink Alternatives for Weight Loss
Drinking sodas can really sabotage your weight loss, whether you are drinking regular soda or diet. If you want to lose weight, try switching your favorite sodas with soda water. Soda water will still give you the carbonation that you love, without all the calories or artificial ingredients.
If you really want to feel like you are still drinking soda and are just not ready for soda water, then there are some options for you. You can find liquid stevia drops that are flavored like soda. Add this to your soda for a healthy soda alternative. Popular flavors include cola and root beer. You can find these on Amazon and many of your favorite grocery stores.
As mentioned, energy drinks can be high in calories. If you need some quick energy, grab a shot of espresso instead. You’ll get a boost of energy without the unhealthy ingredients or calories. You can also get a boost of energy by consuming BCAAs before and during your workout. (You can use code POSSIBLEPAT at checkout for 10% off).
Many of us like to drink juice because it tastes good and it sweet, but if you are trying to lose weight, this isn’t the most ideal drink. Instead, take to flavoring water. You can do this by infusing your water with fruit or using water enhancers. If you choose to use a water enhancer, check the ingredient label. Ideally, you want to try to get an enhancer that is natural and free from artificial ingredients. Doing this will give you a great tasting drink without the calories.
If you are trying to lose weight and change your eating habits to live a healthier lifestyle, it is best not to drink. However, if you do choose to have a drink, then you want to avoid most cocktails. Alcohol itself is going to have a lot of calories in it, and once you add mixers to it, the calories only pile on. For example, a single shot of vodka contains about 97 calories, and a standard margarita has almost 500 calories a drink!
If you are going to drink, try limiting yourself to just one. An ideal alcoholic drink would be along the lines of a tall vodka soda. This way, the only calories you are consuming are from the shot of vodka, while your soda water will have zero calories. Plus, ordering a tall will make the drink last longer, and you will be less likely to order another one. The idea is to avoid mixers that are full of sugar and calories. The best alcohol alternative is no alcohol at all.
The Best Drink for Weight Loss
If you want to lose weight, then the best drink you could be drinking is water.
Cleaning up your drinking habits also means cleaning up your drinking habits and drinking the wrong things can cause weight gain and sabotage any work you’ve done to lose weight.
Not only does water not have any calories in it, but it can even help you lose weight. When you drink plenty of water and stay hydrated you…
- Reduces Appetite – When you drink water, especially right before a meal, you are more likely to eat less or feel hungry between meals. This means not only are you drinking fewer calories, but you are also eating fewer calories. This leads to overall weight loss.
- Boosts Metabolism – Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help you burn up to 200 additional calories.
- Increases Energy – Staying hydrated helps you feel more energized, which can then give you the energy to workout and burn more calories.
Water is the best thing you can drink if you want to lose weight and to be sure that you are drinking enough water, be sure you are drinking at least half your body weight in ounces every day, especially if you are active. If you are exercising, you may want to be sure to consume more so that you can replace the water that is lost during exercise.
If you are trying to lose weight, you need to be sure you are eating clean and developing healthy eating habits. This also means you need to develop healthy drinking habits, so you don’t sabotage your weight loss efforts by drinking your calories.
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About Possible Pat
Hi, I'm Pasquale Brocco and I've lost A LOT of weight. When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 605 pounds. After visiting the doctor, I realized I had to make a change. I started with a simple plan and within 60 days, I lost 100 lbs. So far, I've lost over 307 pounds. Now, I'm sharing a simple message with you, "Anything is possible." If you can put on the weight, you can lose the weight.