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Don’t Drink Your Calories

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.

  1. Instead of using cream or whole milk in your morning coffee, swap for unsweetened almond milk.
  2. Don’t keep sugary beverages at home. Stock up on Edit De-Sugared 100% Fruit Juice to get the taste of your favorite juice with only one gram of sugar. 
  3. Drink water first when you’re thirsty, rather than reaching for a soda or sweetened tea right away. Quenching your thirst with a calorie-free beverage will make you less likely to overindulge.
  4. If Friday evening comes around and you find yourself in need of a cocktail, use an Edit De-sugared Fruit Juice in place of a sweet mixer. You’ll get all the flavor while drastically cutting your calorie intake!

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!