Beverages can Pack on the Pounds Without you Even Realizing it!
Liquid calories are dangerous because people often don’t think of them as calories. This means they can add up really quickly to hundreds of extra calories being consumed throughout the day. Sugars consumed in liquid form are absorbed by our bodies quicker, which can lead to higher spikes in blood sugar and insulin.
There are studies coming out all of the time about the health benefits of coffee. I’m a believer that coffee itself, isn’t all bad – it’s the stuff we add into it that makes it unhealthy. In fact, a plain black coffee contains less than 10 calories, but did you know that a medium ‘Double Double’ contains 230 calories!?! Even worse:
Commercials tell us that freshly squeezed orange juice contain nothing but oranges, so that must be healthy for us right? WRONG! One cup of orange juice often contains more than 20 grams of sugar vs one orange that contains less than 10 grams of sugar! The issue with juice is that it provides you with all of the sugars and carbs of the natural fruit, but none of the fibre, which is the thing that helps fill you up. This leads you to being able to drink a lot more juice without ever feeling full.
Pop & Energy Drinks:
One can of regular pop equals 10 teaspoons of sugar – the maximum amount of sugar we’re supposed to eat in a whole day! And don’t trick yourself into thinking that liquid energy drinks are any better, one bottle of Gatorade contains 8 teaspoons of sugar!
And then there’s alcohol…my rule is drink a maximum of 2 nights a week. Daily drink(s) can add up way too quickly! When I drink, I consume one glass of water in between each alcoholic beverage. This not only slows me down, but to also keep me hydrated throughout the evening. I use water and lime as my drink mix whenever possible to keep the calorie count low and to again, stay hydrated.
Our bodies are made up of mostly water, meaning fluids are critical to our health. For optimal health, an average sized North American should be trying to consume approximately 2 litres of fluid daily. The absolute best fluid we can drink is water. If you get bored with the taste of water, try adding lemons, limes, oranges, cucumber slices or herbs (mint is a great flavour) to it.
In summary, limit the liquid calories you consume to quickly and easily reduce your caloric intake. Not only do these calories add up quickly, but they also wreak havoc on your health.