31 Days to a Better Body: Day 22 – The Easiest Way Cut Calories
Switch to low or no calorie drinks.
In my experience, switching to low or no calorie drinks has been one of the easiest ways to cut calories. For many people cutting out or just cutting down on calorie laden drinks that have little to zero nutritional benefit could, over time, lead to drastically healthy changes in body composition.
I’m convinced that sodas are going to be the cigarettes of tomorrow. There is no beneficial reason to drink conventional soda regularly. Shocking, I know. Enjoying one every now and then will most likely do nothing to harm your body. I know this is going to sound nuts but if someone is going to have soda I personally think it’s better choice to have a regular over diet if they are after “insane” health. Fake sweeteners are just too risky. I’ve read of people with serious soda habits to have overcome their addiction by drinking kombucha. I like kombucha but I love water kefir. It tastes like my favorite…vanilla soda! Whenever I have a soda craving I pour myself a cup and not only does it satisfy my soda craving, my body gets a dose of probiotics. A win-win for sure! Think about this all too common scenario. Someone who drinks 2 cans of soda (about 300 calories) a day is drinking about 109,500 empty calories year. By switching to water or unsweetened tea they could lose over 31 pounds in a year.
Juice is deceiving. At first it seems like it must be full of healthy vitmins and minerals. The truth is that most commercial juice is really nothing more than liquid sugar as most of the fiber is stripped during processing and the beneficial living enzymes are killed during pasteurization. A cup of ordinary orange juice is really not much more than 11o calories of sugar. You are much better off eating the fruit itself or juicing fresh juices that still have their living enzymes and have their natural vitamins and minerals.
Fancy Coffee Drinks
Coffee itself is a mixed bag with it’s lovers and haters each equally passionate that it will extend or shorten their life. Coffee itself is a zero calorie drink. The problem is most people don’t drink coffee by itself. Instead, they drink coffee drinks. A tall caffe latte has 150 calories and grande Frappuccino has 240 calories.
A 5 oz. glass of wine is about 115 calories. A bottle beer is about 150 calories. Most mixed drinks like Margaritas and daiquiris are 300+ calories. Not only does alcohol have a lot of calories, excessive alcohol consumption is hard on your liver, skin, and messes with your hormones. Speaking from experience, when I drink too much I also eat too much. I stop listening to what my body and decide to eat whatever and as much as I want. For me, it’s best to limit drinking to special occasions.
Calories aren’t the only problem
There is nothing wrong with calories. Calories are simply a measure of energy (Did I say that right, science people?) and our bodies need energy. The real problem with all these drinks is that they have little to no nutritional value. I don’t mind a higher calorie content if I’m my body is getting nourishment. I drink whole raw milk and while it may have 150 calories per cup it is also full of healthy enzymes, vitamins, and minerals.
Every week a person drinks a modest amount of calories in the form of 4 glasses of orange juice, a venti Frappucino, 2 glasses of wine, and two sodas. By just switching to water or unsweeted tea this person could lose over a pound and half in a month. That would be over 20 pounds in a year and that’s is without any other dietary changes or physical effort. Think about someone who starts every day with juice, drink Big Gulp or two during the day, and have beer every night. Switching to no or low calorie drinks could have an enormous impact on their weight and their health.
What do you think about drinking calories? What are you favorite zero or low calorie drinks?
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