When it comes to watching ones weight, it is easy to keep track of your food calories. However, a lot of people don’t think about the calories that they drink. These calories do count and could make the difference between weight loss and weight gain. It is very rare for someone to drink only water, but it is obviously a better choice and is not going to hurt your waistline. Liquid calories don’t seem to be acknowledged in the stomach like food calories are and therefore don’t satisfy hunger very well. Another concern with liquid calories is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). It is believed by some experts that HFCS is part of the obesity problem in the United States. High fructose corn syrup is found in soft drinks (i.e. soda), fruit juices, and sports drinks. Below is an example of a typical person’s daily liquid calorie consumption:
Caffe mocha, 16 oz. (nonfat milk, no whip) - 220 calories
12-ounce soda – 140 calories
12-ounce sweetened bottle tea – 116 calories
8 ounces white wine or 12 ounces of beer – 150 calories
The total calorie consumption for one day is 626 calories. If this habit is maintained every day, that comes to 4,382 calories a week and finally 17,528 calories per month! If these unnecessary calories were eliminated, that would translate into a five-pound weight loss per month! So, the next time you are thirsty, grab some water. It is healthier and it is something your body needs anyways.