If you are trying to lose weight, there may be an important aspect that you aren’t keeping track of. It’s relatively easy to spot and stay away from fattening, sugary foods. But what about what you drink?
The act of drinking almost never feels fattening, but there are actually way too many beverages that can add a significant amount of calories to your diet without you being aware of it. Sodas, juices, and alcohol are all loaded with calories and a high sugar content.
Think about having a nice, cold, refreshing can of soda with your salad. Sounds delicious doesn’t it? But did you know you could potentially be consuming more calories from that soda than you are eating in that salad? One can of soda can have anywhere between 150-200 calories and almost all of those calories come directly from sugar. Can you imagine how drinking just one soda per day can be devastating to a calorie restricted diet?
Other sugar-loaded drinks to steer clear from are fruit juices (even 100% juice), sports drinks, sweetened powdered drinks, and lemonades.
How to Limit Your Sugary Drinks
So what’s a person to do in order to curb their calories per gulp? The best thing is to try and increase your water intake. Not only is water the best form of hydration but it will also actually help you to shed the fat. If you do your best to drink the recommended 64 ounces of pure water (more when you exercise) it will be much easier for you to pass up that soda or glass of juice.
There will still be days when you drink something other than water. It’s to be expected, but good habits start with baby steps so take one day at a time and do your best to stay away from the high-calorie liquids.
Another good trick is to shop wisely. If you don’t keep sugary drinks in the house it’s a lot easier not to drink them, don’t you think? So don’t keep a 24 pack in the fridge when your goal is to avoid drinking it. It is pretty counterproductive.
Add Some Flavour To Your Water
If you don’t enjoy drinking pure water or need a little variety and flavor in your beverages, try lemon or lime squeezes, flavored iced teas, calorie free prepared drinks, or hot teas. There are even water bottles available to buy that have a little compartment to add fruit or even mint to infuse your water. A little variety doesn’t hurt anyone, but you should still try to make the bulk of your drinking just pure water.
We face plenty of obstacles every day to stay healthy and keep our weight under control, but drinking doesn’t have to be one of them. An occasional treat is nice, but keep it in its place. Special occasions, an occasional really hard day, a toast to a wonderful person; these are all acceptable times for the not so healthy drinks. But afterwards, get back to drinking your pure, calorie-free water.