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Liquid Calories: Are You Drinking on the Pounds?


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What if I said you could lose weight without changing what you eat?

Sounds like a typical diet gimmick, but it might just be true. Here’s my point: you may be able to lose weight by simply changing what you drink.
One of the primary causes of obesity is liquid calories—drinks sweetened with sugar. Consider these facts:

  • Our bodies were simply not designed to take in large amounts of calories through liquids. For thousands of years our primary drink has been water.
  • Liquid calories are usually “empty calories”—meaning they contain no nutritional value.
  • Most of the calories we drink come from simple sugars, which set the body up to store fat.
  • *Liquid calories are “sneaky”—they pass right through our digestive system without making us feel full. Even fruit juice has this problem, since the fruit’s sugars have been separated from the fiber.

Now let’s consider the caloric content of a couple of our favorite beverages:
*A typical can of soda contains 40 grams of sugar and over 150 calories.
*A blended ice drink at your local coffee shop will usually have over 300 calories and around 60 grams of sugar.
There is solid research to back me up here. A study published last year (April 2009) showed reducing liquid calories was more effective than changing eating habits in terms of weight loss:
A reduction in liquid calorie intake had a stronger effect than did a reduction in solid calorie intake on weight loss. Of the individual beverages, only intake of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) was significantly associated with weight change.
Exerpt from American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/abstract/89/5/1299), emphasis mine.
There’s really only one good source of liquid calories—milk. Milk contains protein, calcium, and other nutrients. It also requires digestion, which means it will give you some sense of satiety (fullness).

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER:

If you are serious about weight loss you’ll need to start with what you drink. Reduce (or better yet, eliminate) all forms of liquid calories with the exception of lowfat milk.

Thanks to MOB’s favorite and most prolific guest poster. We love when Kevin at Strong and Fit honors us with one of his great posts. Always filled with great information and as the title states motivation. We hope you enjoy his posts as much as we do.

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24 Comments for “Liquid Calories: Are You Drinking on the Pounds?”

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  2. I agree with you here. I gave up soft drinks years ago. I drink water and non-fat milk. That’s it. This post is right on the money.

    Have a terrific day Glenn. Big hugs. :)

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  5. I gave up Soda (pop, where I come from) back in High School. I (mainly) drink coffee in the morning, water all day long, wine in the evening. I only drink the wine for it’s health benefits;)

  6. I do agree with Kevin…I would much prefer to eat my calories than drink them!
    I gave up drinking my calories years ago…but recently changed somewhat, will have to get back to it!
    Cheers

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  8. Thanks for the comments, guys–hope you found the article helpful.

  9. ann

    Couldn’t agree more. And I have to say that I would much rather eat my calories than drink them

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  11. [...] cuerpo no está “diseñado” para beber grandes cantidades de calorías líquidas, durante años nuestro líquido primario fue agua y ahora bebemos [...]

  12. That’s so true, but I always get a good laugh when I see someone eating McDonald’s and drinking a diet Coke.

  13. I drink only water. The rare exception is when I spot a soda from my childhood, like delicious Orange Crush. Remember that? It’s amazing when you drink a soda after not having them for years. It tastes thick and sweet and gross! I have a bit of a weight problem at the moment (cake is my friend), but I often wonder how much heavier I’d be if I drank another 300 calories a day in liquids.

    • I agree. Drinking a soda after not drinking them for years is disgusting. It’s like drinking maple syrup or molasses! AND it’s filling! All the artificially sweetened diet drinks aren’t any better. I only drink water and tea sweetened with stevia (good stuff: no calories and all natural).

  14. [...] cuerpo no está “diseñado” para beber grandes cantidades de calorías líquidas, durante años nuestro líquido primario fue agua y ahora bebemos [...]

  15. D

    I have never been a soda or pop drinker and I raised my kids that way also.

    I will say that I am definitely more into the medicinal type liquids myself and even with those I stay very aware of the calorie intake :)

  16. You mean to tell me that those In and Out Burger milkshakes I have been drinking for the past 10 years were not Slimfast drinks?

  17. Apart from the low orange calories, orange juice has some other health benefits which can make it the most essential part of your regular diet.

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