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Are drinks getting in the way of your weight loss?

Drinks questionSo…does our drinking habits affect us that much?

The answer is yes. Sweetened coffee, soda, energy and sports drinks. As human beings we all love these colorful beverages and studies have shown that an average person can consume up to 192 gallons per year, now that's about two gallons per day!

These "nectar of the gods" help us get through our hectic days. For example, in the mornings a cup of Joe helps us wake up before we roll into work. For lunch a fizzy soda must go with our hot tasty cheeseburger and french fries. For the drowsy two o clocks a Red Bull is needed for a quick pick me up and after work a sports drink, to get your fluids and electrolytes back from a hard day’s work.

Well, all the drinks I mentioned above are usually packed with empty calories and this does not help with our weight loss. Drinking a majority of these drinks can also Cutting back on some of these sugary beverages can actually help you trim those unwanted pounds and is great for your overall diet.

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Soda

Studies have shown that a can of regular cola can carry as much as 200 calories. You can compare it to someone drinking a cup of water with thirteen packets of sugar in it! Now people will ask, "what about diet soda?" Well diet soda is in fact low in calories, but research again has shown that
artificial sweetened drinks can lead the person to be addicted to more sweets because of the chemical Aspartame. This low calorie chemical is used to give diet sodas their flavor but it’s also 180 times sweeter than sugar. Through animal research it's shown that high consumption of these sweeteners can lead to brain tumors or lymphoma in rodents.

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Sports Drinks:

energy drinksSports drinks also contain high amounts of sugar and are no different. They are sometimes overlooked because of their association with athletes. But unless you're in desperate need of electrolytes and sugar from extreme exercise, the typical 16-ounce serving of 200 calories (mostly from sugar) is nothing more than added calories without the health benefits. Sports drinks were created with the image of an athlete in mind, not someone sitting behind a computer all day at the office.

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Coffee

Another heavily sugared drink we often overlook in our diet is the fancy coffee. You're probably asking, "How bad could coffee really be?" In short, coffee itself with minimal additions of sweetener and low-fat or non-fat milk is OK for you. In fact, studies have shown that work performance tend to be better when someone just had one or two cups. But, if you're drinking the medium-sized, whole-milk latte drink with flavoring, then that's approximately 250 calories you’re adding to your diet.

You're probably thinking to yourself wow that's pretty bad, wait there’s more. The real sugar rush comes from a coffee with a “dome”. Some say that they are melted milkshakes in disguise. Many of those “special” drinks can count up to more than 400 calories and it mostly comes from fats and sugars.

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Juice

Then there is the juice. One 16-ounce glass of juice can be the sugar equivalent of four to five fruits, with none of the fiber benefits. Most juices are full of high-fructose corn syrup, which basically means sugar. The same goes for additives like fructose, glucose, sucrose or galactose. Your body breaks all of these down into the same sugar as you put in your coffee. Juices are not that bad for you, but just drink them in moderation.

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Conclusion

In conclusion, sodas and other sweet drinks have been known to be the Trojan horse of weight gain, because they usually tend to come with your daily meals and help you pack on a few pounds without you noticing. If you cut some of these sugary drinks in your diet you could probably cut an extra 450 calories a day. This could lead to about a pound of weight loss in one week! So, remember watch what you drink by reading the labels, drink in moderation, and I highly recommend drinking lots of water instead and this will help you greatly if you want to lose weight fast.

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