Stop Drinking Your Calories
I’m not writing this post to tell you that you need to micromanage your calories throughout the day, but it is important to know where your calories are coming from. I know that many people don’t realize the number of calories and sugar that are hiding in their morning Frappuccino or big gulp soda they drink daily!
It can be so easy to fall into a bad habit without even realizing how bad it truly is for you. You might be someone who goes to the gas station every morning to grab a Big Gulp cup & fill it up to the top with soda, or maybe it is in your daily routine to stop by Starbucks for a Frappuccino before you head to work. If you are trying to lose weight or even just be healthy, you have to be aware of the calories in these drinks! This habit is setting you back.
So how loaded with calories & sugar are these fancy coffee drinks and soda? For example, according to the American Heart Association (AHA), the recommended sugar intake in a day for women is 25 grams, while the recommended intake for men is 38 grams. A Big Gulp cup of Coca Cola contains 91 grams of sugar… Do I have your attention yet?
Soda and Frappuccino’s are not the only problems… If you are trying to lose weight, or get back in shape, many people have this romantic idea about smoothies; They believe they are cutting calories by not eating real food or because it is “Made with REAL fruit!”.
Do not be easily deceived; many smoothies are loaded with calories and sugar. By the time you throw your banana, apple, peach, raspberries, blueberries, yogurt or milk, and orange juice into your blender, you are looking at drinking 400 to 600 calories of which almost all come from fruit, which equals carbs. Your smoothie is a sugar bomb.
Of course, not all smoothies are bad, but you need to be cautious of how much sugar you are taking in. Try having a homemade lower carb protein shake. For example, throw some ice, water or almond milk, a low carb protein powder, and a scoop of peanut butter into a blender. If you want a little bit of sweetness minus all of the carbs, throw half of a banana into the blender as well, and add fresh spinach or kale for added fiber & vitamins.
The bottom line is this: fruit comes with a high dose of sugar; and without balancing your smoothie out with a controlled number of carbs and more protein and fats, they will get you!
So really pay attention and try to minimize the number of calories you are drinking day to day!
Tips on How to Make a Better Drink Choice:
Water is always the safest, best choice – and many of us don’t get enough of it daily.
Go for the smallest size if indulging on a smoothie, coffee, or other beverage.
If you can enjoy it, drink your coffee black.
If you can’t drink your coffee black, try adding unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk, and naturally sweeten it with a little bit of honey or agave.
Always ask to see the nutrition information, steer clear it if it can’t be provided.
Flavor your water with slices of lemon, lime, or cucumber.
Avoid stocking your fridge with sugary beverages.
Always carry a water bottle with you, and refill it throughout the day.
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