Weight Loss Tips - Drinking Your Calories

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Did you know that your probably not as big as you think you are ? It's a fact that most of our weight comes from water weight or drinking liquids. For example on any given day, we can make coffee before we go to work, buy a star bucks drink and then drink a can soda before we leave work or at home for dinner. 

Many Americans loves Star Bucks coffee, and can drink one or two everyday before, after or during work. When you add up the calories from 2 drinks 5 days a week depending on what drink you have and what size, you can be drinking roughly around 4000 calories a week.  A great source for this information is here at the Star Bucks Nutrition site.

A nice choice of beverages you can drink that would not hurt your diet is :
  • Water 
  • Milk
  • unsweetened Tea 
  • Crystal Light (because there is no sugar and low calorie) 
  • Fresh Juice (100% Juice such as orange juice or apple juice) 

Always Drink in Moderation because too much of anything is still too much. I only drink when I'm thirsty and never drink too much caffeine. Below is a small chart  of the beverages that we drink on a daily bases. Now when you stop and think about how often in a day or week you drink these items, then you will be able to see how many useless calories your drinking.

Serving Size
12 ounces
Diet soda
12 ounces
Bottled sweet tea
12 ounces
Brewed tea, unsweet
12 ounces
Orange juice, unsweetened
12 ounces
Apple juice, unsweetened
12 ounces
Tomato/Vegetable juice
12 ounces
Cranberry juice cocktail
12 ounces
Whole Milk
12 ounces
2% low-fat milk
12 ounces
1% low-fat milk
12 ounces
Nonfat milk
12 ounces
Soy milk
12 ounces
Coffee, black
12 ounces
Coffee with cream (2 tablespoons
half and half)
12 ounces
Coffee with whipped cream (2
tablespoons from can)
12 ounces
Coffee with heavy whipping cream
(2 tablespoons)
12 ounces
Caffe Latte, whole milk (Starbucks)
12 ounces
Caffe Latte, nonfat (Starbucks)
12 ounces
Sports drink (like Gatorade)
12 ounces
Energy drink (like Red Bull)
12 ounces
12 ounces
Red wine
5 ounces
White wine
5 ounces
Hard liquor (vodka, rum, whiskey,
gin; 80 proof)
1.5 ounces


  1. Thanks for sharing your journey with us and great job sticking with your food plan. I think if you tweaked it a bit you would have even more success. Breakfast - Raisin Bran is actually really high in sugar. Try oatmeal for a change (not the instant kind) check out my blog for the recipe.
    Lunch/Dinner - add more veggies like greens but keep eating a good protein.
    Snacks - Combine protein and carb at every snack. Nuts and fresh fruit, carrots and hummus. I also have more ideas on my blog.

    Drink lots of water.

    Keep it up you are doing great!

  2. Thanks a lot I never thought about the sugar in take in it. A long time ago when I was on 6 week body make over I use to have Quaker Oats (Non Instant version). I might go back to that and switch things up a bit. Maybe I might put some banana in the oatmeal too, to give it more flavor.

  3. Hi there, I saw your post on SeededBuzz. It's true, the way Americans drink leads to a LOT of weight gain. But to add to your recommendations, there's a lot more to it than calories. For example, drinking anything with artificial sweetener can add to weight gain - ironic, isn't it? There's a lot of info about this, including from Dr. Oz and other popular sources (the research has been around since the 70s, but most people haven't been aware until recently). Here is just one article of many: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/02/080210183902.htm

    Green tea, on the other hand, actually raises your metabolism. There are green teas with mango, peach, etc. that aren't bitter, so you can drink them without sweetener. It may take time, but a big key to weight loss is weaning oneself off of sweets. And, of course, drinking enough water is best of all!

    Another problem is metabolizing fructose. We aren't designed to handle more fructose than is available in one or two fruits at a sitting, so drinking a glass of fruit juice - or the sweetness of many fruits at once - can be dangerous. See, for example, http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/nutrition/a/fructosedangers.htm . Diabetes is just one dangerous outcome of this.

    If you want an eye-opener about processed foods and HCFS, watch Food, Inc. and King Corn, both great documentaries.

    Finally, many people have problems with milk proteins and/or sugars. There is a lot of research showing that cow dairy is not healthy, especially when hormones are added to it. Here is one article, again of many: http://rawfooddietsecrets.com/blog/06/dangers-of-milk-52-reasons-to-avoid-dairy/- and another from Harvard, http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/2006/12.07/11-dairy.html .

    If you actually drink enough water (which almost nobody does), it will reduce your desire to eat as much, make you feel better, etc. I am not in favor of the ice water approach, as it shocks your body and prevents you from drinking as much as you need. Water is one thing we want our bodies to be happy drinking!

    Hope this is helpful. Congratulations and keep on going with your journey!

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