When you embark on a weight loss effort, you will find plenty of diets promising quick and incredible results. Nowadays, there’s a fad diet for every preference. Low-carb diets, low-fat diets, grapefruit diets, cabbage soup diets, the Paleo craze, and blood type diets, are just a few of the many options. No matter what diet you decide to try, they all have one thing in common that can make or break your success: you must consume fewer calories than your body uses.
The obvious place to start cutting calories is your food, but another way to cut calories may be to think about what you drink.
How Beverages Can Wreck Your Diet
Juicing is all the rage these days, and we can see why. Juice packs a nutritional punch, but it also has an alarming amount of sugar and plenty of calories. Other beverages don’t fare much better in the calorie department. The calories found in milk are far from insignificant. Two glasses of 2 percent milk a day (counting uses like on your cereal or in your coffee) contain about 40 fewer calories than the average candy bar!
Of course, there's also alcohol. Alcohol is exempt from regulations requiring a nutritional fact panel, so many people don’t even realize how many calories they are consuming with a nighty glass of wine or after work beer. Here’s a simple way to curb your wine habit: A bottle of wine a week could add roughly 10 pounds worth of calories a year! Same goes for a bottle of beer a night. Mixed drinks and coolers are even worse for your weight loss, since they usually involve additional sugary components.
When people get calories from solid food, they tend to feel more full and automatically reduce the rest of their food intake. When people take in liquid calories, however, studies show they don't compensate for them by eating or drinking less later in the day.
Make Better Drink Choices
Now that you know how damaging high calorie beverages can be to your weight loss efforts, how do you make better choices? Even a few simple swaps can have a positive effect on your health.
Whatever approach you take to your diet, reducing unnecessary calories in your beverage choices is an easy way to encourage weight loss or weight management success. With these easy swaps and Edit De-Sugared 100% Fruit Juice, you won’t even miss the extra sugar and calories!