For the last few posts, we’ve been talking about cutting calories with food strategies. After the last post, about eating in moderation, perhaps you’re mindful of each calorie you eat, but what about the ones you drink? Many dieters fail to realize how many extra calories are in the beverages they love.
In fact, the average American drinks one out of five of their daily calories, according to WebMD. Find out what all those smoothies and Pumpkin Spice Frappuccinos are doing to your diet and pick up strategies for bringing liquid calories under control.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that alcohol accounts for about 5% of our daily calories. That’s the equivalent of a 150-calorie beer.
The National Coffee Association says Americans drink almost 600 million cups of coffee a year. That works out to 3 cups a day for each adult. While more Americans are drinking tea now, consumption is still just about half a pound a year per individual.
The other beverages most of us drink on a regular basis include some of our healthiest choices, like plain water. Industry data shows that Americans are drinking more water these days, averaging about 20 ounces a day.
If you’re trying to lose weight, choose beverages low in calories and fat. For overall wellness, drink at least 8 glasses of water a day while you limit soda and Frappuccinos to special occasions.
Here’s what you need to do today:
Write down everything you drank today. Were any of those beverages filled with calories? How much water did you drink? Analyze your list and look for trends. Can you substitute water or herbal tea for some of these drinks to cut down on your calories? Making one substitution each day will make a positive dent in the number of calories you consume. Consider how much that can add up if you do it every day!