Thursday, May 5, 2011

Watch What You Drink

Many people I work with tell me that they eat right and still can't lose weight. It may be hidden calories, sometimes portion size, most times its bad choices they think are OK. One of the easiest things to fix is what you drink.
Let's start with coffee. Fix it at home and add cream and sugar-150 or more calories. Have a few cups and that make a good eating day a push at best. Go to Starbucks and get a fancy cup and you may be adding 400-600 extra calories. A great example is Vitamin Water- more calories than a beer or a glass of wine. Take sport drinks and its pretty much the same thing. Sodas have 10-12 tsps. of sugar and diet sodas can also trick the body into releasing extra insulin (the fat hormone) into the body. Ensure (Doctor recommended) has 6 grams of fat and only 9 grams of protein. Many fruit juices have corn syrup and sugar, so have 100% real fruit juice. If you're serious have a 1/2 glass of fruit juice and the other 1/2 sparkling water. Then there's alcohol. 80 proof is 80 calories and oz. A shot (baby drink) is 120 calories just for the booze. Add the mixer, make it strong and its 400 calories. Try a light beer 75-100 cals. or wine with some seltzer. Drink only WATER for a week and 99% of you will lose weight. I guarantee you'll feel better!

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