Last night, while I was out running an errand of sorts, I had a conversation which inspired today’s post. Show of hands: who knows that liquid calories count just as much as solid calories? I wish I could really see your responses. I know I shouldn’t be shocked that a lot of people apparently don’t realize that they are drinking on the pounds, but I still am. It is called a beer belly after all!
So I decided to write a reminder, just in case any of you readers didn’t realize either.
One pound = 3,500 calories.
Food calories, liquid calories, your body doesn’t differentiate. If too many calories come in, they are stored as excess fat. The problem with liquid calories, is that your body generally doesn’t register them as filling, so even if you drink 350 calories of Starbucks, you’re still going to be hungry for lunch in an hour.
Starbucks Coffee Drinks
16 oz Caffe Mocha with 2% milk and whipped cream = 330 calories
16 oz Cinnamon Dolce Latte with 2% milk and no whipped cream = 260 calories
16 oz Caramel Frappuccino with 2% milk and whipped cream = 400 calories
Better choice: 12 oz latte with non-fat milk, flavored syrup and no whipped cream = 150 calories
Soda and Other Drinks
12 oz can of Coke = 140 calories
12 oz can of Minute Maid lemonade = 150 calories
8 oz of AriZona Green Tea with Honey and Ginseng = 70 calories, but wait! There are THREE servings in one bottle. So if you drink the whole bottle, you are ingesting 210 calories.
Better choice: water. Or, if you really want something different, mix a splash of 100% fruit juice with still or sparkling water. It might taste a little weak at first, but eventually you’ll find straight juice too sweet.
I could go on and on, listing nutritional information and exposing sneaky serving sizes, but you get the point. If you’re looking to cut calories from your daily intake, useless drink calories are a good place to start. For example, if you drink three regular sodas a day, you could lose 1 pound in a little over a week just by cutting out the soda. That’s pretty amazing. No extra exercise, no salads for lunch and dinner, just cut out the soda.
Btw, all the nutrition information I referenced is readily available online. If I didn’t mention your drink of choice, you should be able to look it up pretty easily.