By Diana Breault
DHAC Weight Loss Motivator
Do me a favor and think about what you ate today. I want you to include EVERYTHING, including every pack of sugar you put into your coffee and every drop of syrup that went onto your pancakes.
Now think about the beverages you chose to drink throughout the day. Maybe you started off with a mocha latte from Dunkin’ Donuts, and then drank a protein shake after your workout, and finished you’re day off with a cold, refreshing Budweiser. Do you realize that just consuming those beverages alone that you drank nearly 800 calories?! YIKES.
Your body may not be registering the calories you drink, because our bodies may not recognize a sense of fullness when the calories come in a liquid form. This causes you to consume more calories than you intend.
Want another way to think about this? For those of you who like math, here is a little equation for you:
What difference do 2 cans of regular soda per day make in a year?
2 cans/day = 150 cal X 2 X 365 = 109,500 calories/year from soda alone
Considering that 3,500 calories can add up to 1 lb:
109,500 cal ÷ 3,500 cal = 31 pounds
It is possible, depending on diet and exercise of course, that an individual can gain up to 31 lbs in one year just from drinking soda.
There is a simple and easy way to knock away all these unnecessary calories and still quench your thirst. It is a nutrient that we, as humans, can not live without. It’s known as water, and it has 0 calories and can be very refreshing.
Rethink your drink and substitute you high-calorie beverages for something lower in calories. You’ll be glad you did.