Friday Fast Fact: Don’t Drink Your Calories

Stick with good ol’ H20 to keep your health & fitness goals on track!

As I often wrap up the work week with a food-related post, I thought I’d address one of the biggest mistakes I see people make all the time. The good news is it also happens to be a mistake with an easy fix.

You already know the most basic way to lose weight is to slash calories. Studies show the average person can drop a pound a week by trimming 500 calories a day. If you’re looking for an easy way to cut back, here it is: just say no to those sugary drinks!

Here are a few things I urge you to nix right now:

  • Soda: You might be saying, “Oh come on, Laura, I only have one large Coke from the deli everyday for a caffeine fix.What’s the big deal?” I’ll tell you. That’s usually a 16-oz serving, which weighs in at roughly 187 calories. Cutting it out means you’re already 1/3 of your way to eliminating those daily 500 calories  for weight loss. If you look at the bigger picture, you’re saving 1,2888 calories each week; 5,610 each month and a whopping 68,255 each year!
  • Frosty coffee drinks: If your idea of a “light lunch” is “I’ll just have a (insert name of favorite frothy coffee drink here),” it’s time to re-train the brain a bit.  Starbuck’ Mocha “Frappuccino” packs 400 calories while a  vanilla bean “Coolatta” at Dunkin’ Donuts registers at 440 calories. Considering both have zero nutritional value and will most likely leave you hungry for real sustenance after, it’s easy to see how using these drinks in place of real meals is healthy-eating sabotage.
  • Sugary cocktails: I’ve written several posts on how many frosty drinks are more like indulgent desserts thanks to ingredients like syrup, sour mix, sugary fruit juice and cream. Sipping drinks mixed with club soda, diet tonic water and a splash of citrus as opposed to full-on juice can help shave off hundreds of calories.
  • Sports drinks: The truth is unless you’re a power or endurance athlete who plays a sport for more than an hour, there’s no need to re-hydrate with a high-calorie option like Gatorade or Vitamin Water. On days when I can can only squeeze in 30-minutes on the elliptical followed by a  plank Tabata, I’ll burn approximately 350 calories. If I guzzle a sports drink, I’ll consume roughly 125 calories. So I walk away from my abbreviated workout with only 215 calories burned. That is not the post-cardio high I was looking for!

When in doubt, put down the syrupy beverage and load up on the water. The bottom line is good ol’ h2o will always be one of your best friends when it comes to keeping you on track with your plans to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!

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About LauraLovesFitness

After spending more than 10 years in the communications industry, this lifetime fitness lover and newly certified fitness professional wants to share my passion for health and well-being with others.

Posted on September 14, 2012, in Fitness, Health, Nutrition and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. oh boy……i cant wait to show this one to tom! i have been trying to get him to drink soda forever! i dont even keep it in the house but with lunch, everyday, he manages to buy a bottle of soda with a sandwich and if we are out a restaurant that has free refills in those lovely tall 17 oz. glasses!!! fahettabout it! hes good for at least 2! and he could afford to shed a few!!!! lol! thanks for the great stats!!! xo

  2. oops! i meant stop drinking soday! lol!

  3. Excellent advice, Laura, thanks for sharing! While we don’t drink soda in my house, I do drink (more than) my fair share of energy drinks, but I only ONLY drink the ones with NO sugar and preferably NO carbs either. I don’t need that extra. We can all benefit from these reminders!

    • Hi Sean,
      Thanks so much for the comment! Happy to help. It’s easy to assume some of the choices we make in our diet don’t make a big impact. It’s also nice to know we don’t always have to make drastic changes to have a positive effect on our overall health and well being. Have a great weekend!

  4. Hello Laura,
    Just a quick message to ask if you would be interested in a ‘mutual’ following on twitter. I am currently following you now and am awaiting for your follow-back. (#FYI I do RT’s ‘anytime’ for all #Triathletes #Cyclists #UltraRunners & #Marathoners who follow me on Twitter and have something ‘important’ they want mentioned…)

    All the very best for the rest of 2012 and beyond Lou. Laura forward to hearing from you…

    Darin
    twitter.com/DarinArmstrong
    #TeamLIVESTRONG

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