How Calories in Beverages Sneak Up on Us
Timeless Nutrition Tip
Beverages don't tend to fill us up so we often tend to discount them as added calories in our daily diets. However, those calories do add up and 3,500 calories equal a pound of fat no matter where they come from.
The other problem is that many beverages are super-sized. Instead of the once normal eight-ounce serving, we often get four times that much. These large sizes are a monetary value, but not a bargain to our health.
What can you do?
Here are a few things you can try.
- Drink more non-caloric beverages like water or tea. Coffee and diet colas are virtually calorie-free, but it is a good idea not to go overboard on them.
- Order the small sized beverage when you buy fast food drinks. Sounds like a "no brainer", but it's amazing what a habit can make us do!
- Ask for extra ice and get fewer calories. Chew on the ice, too! Water is the best beverage.
- Get an empty cup and split your drink with someone.
- Don't drink a calorie-containing beverage to try to stave off hunger.
- Snack on baby carrots or a piece of fruit instead, or chew some sugar free gum.
It's easy to be fooled by beverages.
Common beverages and their caloric amounts:
- Coffee with creamer - 8 ounces - 30 calories
- McDonald's small Sprite - 16 ounces - 150 calories
- Starbucks Venti Cappuccino - 20 ounces - 200 calories
- Burger King large Coke - 32 ounces - 310 calories
- 7-Eleven Double Gulp Coke - 64 ounces - 600 calories