Liquid Calories Can Make You Fat
When you are trying to lose weight, most weight loss programs encourage you to drink lots of fluids and in most cases this is water.
The majority of liquids give you less calories and carbs than solid foods do.
However, you must be aware of the liquids that can cause fat and weight gain rather than loss due to their hidden ingredients.
Take a look at some of these tips and keep them in mind to make sure you are not drinking on the pounds!
• “Fluid calories do not hold strong satiety properties, don’t suppress hunger and don’t elicit compensatory dietary responses.”
This is a statement made by Dr Richard Mattes and it basically means that if you drink a lot of calories that are calorie-rich, you will end up having a lot more calories per day and not even realise.
• Water, water and more water is totally acceptable to drink. This helps cleanse your body of unhealthy and unneeded waste.
Water has 0 calories and in order to function properly, your body needs to have at least a gallon in the foods and drinks that you have throughout the day.
• Although you may be tempted, do not touch diet soft drinks.
The majority of these are loaded with artificial sweeteners and sugars as well as addictive chemicals and preservatives that are bad for you.
The results of a lot of studies have indicated that weight gain was caused by drinking diet soft drinks.
• Never touch energy drinks.
These are really high in carbs, for example… 1 can of Red Bull provides you with a huge 28.3 intake of carbohydrates even though it only has 115 calories and a lot of this will convert into fat.
Energy drinks also put unnecessary strain and stress on your heart.
• You may think that fruit juice is a “healthy” drink, and this is true in some cases.
However you should make sure that you limit the amount you are having. One cup of orange juice contains around 90 calories, 20 grams of carbs, high sugar content and low in fiber.
So it does give you a good dose of vitamin C, however it is only good for you in moderation.
• Alcohol is another one that should be drunk in moderation. Alcohol that is in beer, wine and mixed drinks gives you a whopping 7 calories per gram.
Therefore a large amount of daily calories are being converted directly into your body as fat and it also overpowers your body’s ability to burn fat as fuel.
• Portion and serving sizes matter in drinks as well as food.
The majority of beverage cans are now around 12, 16 and 20 ounce containers so try not to drink them all in one go, share it with someone or have half one day and half the next.
There is no need to cut out your favourite drinks completely, simply cut back on quantities and serving sizes and increase the amount of amount of water you drink.