I have a simple tip for you to implement today. Whether or not you implement it comes down to how badly you want to improve your wellness.
Maintaining a healthy weight is an important aspect of achieving overall wellness. Weight maintenance, release, and gain is about calories in and calories out. If you are one of the 70% of adult Americans who are overweight calorie management is essential.
Today’s tip: Minimize or eliminate empty calories in beverages.
Did I hear a collective moan? Calories can add up quick when you are drinking them.
A cola will set you back 140 calories. An eight ounce glass of OJ accounts for 110 calories, and there’s 190 calories in a Grande Iced Vanilla Latte.
My beverage calories consist of a triple espresso with a splash of nonfat milk that sets me back 20 calories, meal-replacement shakes and post workout shakes that don’t exceed 200 calories (and replace a meal), and on social occasions I choose vodka/club each of which cost me 96 calories. Otherwise it’s water, water, water. I save my calories for food and shakes. I see no value in sugary sodas and juices.
What about diet drinks? Just say “no”. There’s too much info out there about how bad they are for you. Studies have shown that diet sodas result in more belly fat. Who wants that? Not me!
Sure, I’ll splurge now and then and have a fancy espresso drink up to 150-190 calories. I do not make a habit out of it. And I always make sure to account for beverage calories so I do not exceed my calorie budget.
It comes down to choice. Unless your beverages are providing you with nutrients along with the calories you are better off sticking to water and chewing your calories. I’ve had clients that drink several sodas per day. By simply quitting sodas they could start loosing weight.
How about you give it a try for two weeks? Switch all of your beverages to water, with the exception of your morning caffeine fix and the occasional cocktail. And make smart choices when adding extras to your coffee/tea and stay away from sweet high-calorie cocktails.
If in two weeks you are not feeling lighter, more energy, and sleeping better go back to your beverage habits. But! If you are feeling better overall you stick to it and stay the course. Deal? Let me know! Kathi