Was there ever a time when you felt that no matter how religious you were in your diet, you just can’t seem to lose the weight you wanted.
I hear you.
This happens to a lot of people.
Even the most religious dieters out there go through this struggle.
While there are many reasons (and I mean A LOT) why you’re probably not shedding of the pounds, one possible culprit is what you’re drinking!
Yes, I’m referring to the liquid stuff you take to quench your thirst or appetite.
These are just some examples of drinks that can hinder your way towards your goal weight.
You might be thinking:
“But these are just drinks! How can they make so much impact?”
While it may be harmless to drink these once in a while, drinking so much also means so much calories.
Well, just take fruit juice for example.
While orange juice, cranberry juice, and apple juice are all seemingly healthy, they do pack a lot of sugar.
Of course, they are much better than artificial drinks because they contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
However, an 8 oz. serving of orange juice contains 110 calories, which is not very far from a 12 oz. can of Coca Cola that has 140 calories.
Having a glass of orange juice will not make you fat, it may even benefit you because of all the nutrients it provides.
However, the problem is that most people do not stop at a single 8 oz. serving.
Most people would take a whole bottle and guzzle all they want with the excuse that “It’s healthy!”
Worse, many of the fruit juices sold in the supermarket have added sugar to make them sweeter.
Yep! More sugar!
Imagine if you have five servings of 8 oz. glasses of OJ, that’s more’s than 500 calories and at least a quarter of what a typical daily calorie limit for most people.
So, next time, be mindful of the fruit juice you’re drinking!
Now, how about protein shakes?
Aren’t they supposed to be healthy, too?
Well, yes. They actually help if you need to add in more protein to your diet.
However, they are mostly designed as a meal replacement that’s why most protein shakes contain around 200 calories per serving or more.
Taking protein shakes become problematic when people drink them in addition to a regular eating schedule, without necessarily burning calories through exercise or physical activity.
That means that instead of being helpful, they just become a source for calories you don’t need to be putting in your body right now.
Before incorporating protein shakes in your diet, it is better to consult with a nutritionist to make sure that you actually need it or not.
When it comes to alcohol, here’s the deal:
A 5 oz. glass of wine is around 120 calories (depending on what you’re drinking)
A 12 oz. beer has 150 calories…
And two portion of whiskey has around 140 calories….
If you’re not into drinking pure alcohol and you prefer cocktails like margaritas and Pina coladas, then that calorie count will definitely go way up because of the sugar!
Here’s what I suggest:
The best option is still the plain old H2O! Not only is it super beneficial – it has zero calories, too!