Without realizing it, many of us may be consuming 45% of our required caloric intake for the day in beverages. If you're wondering why you haven’t lost weight, even though you're exercising and eating properly, calorie-laden beverages might be to blame. During the holiday season, this is especially something that can prove troublesome. From the holiday eggnog to a celebratory toast, here are a few things to consider:
Flavored Water: Many people replace water with sports drinks, flavored waters, and other beverages that promise energy boosts and nutrition. What advertisements won’t tell you is that many of these are loaded with artificial sugars and sweeteners.
Soft Drinks: An 8 oz can of regular soda can contain 90–160 calories, so consuming a 16-oz bottle with dinner would add a staggering 280 calories to your meal.
Coffee Drinks: You might think having a morning latte has no effect on your diet. Surprise! A tall Caffè Latte from Starbucks® has 180 calories, without counting the additional 60 calories from the whipped cream!
Juices: Whether it is orange, grape, or cranberry, juices are loaded with sugars and calories. An 8 oz glass of Simply Orange® contains 110 calories, 22g of sugar, and 26.9g of carbohydrates. If you have a glass of orange juice each morning, you will consume an extra 770 calories by week’s end.
Alcohol: Alcoholic beverages contain the highest number of calories of all beverages. Whether it is a 12 oz can of beer or a mixed drink, alcoholic beverages can be a cocktail for catastrophe when it comes to your weight.