Hidden Calories in Drinks

Just a quick article today to remind my readers that if you are trying to lose a few pounds, try re-thinking what you drink.  For some reason, many people seem to think that beverages are calorie-free and that somehow being a liquid means it can’t make you fat.  Well, it’s excess calories that make you gain weight and they can come from beverages just as well as from food.

Starbucks’ Frappuchino Mocha (13 oz. bottle):  250 calories
Starbucks’ White Chocolate Mocha Frappuchino (venti):  440 calories
Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Coolatta (12 oz.):  250 calories & 17 g of fat
Lipton Brisk Raspberry Iced Tea (20 oz. bottle):  220 calories

But the winner goes to…

Cold Stone Creamery
1 SMALL Milk and Cookies Milk Shake:  1115 calories & 65g of fat

Their large (“gotta have it” size)….1660 calories & 96g of fat.  Wow!

If you are looking to lose a few, start with the beverages. Switch to unsweetened iced teas, water, milk, and watered down juice instead.

And as for drinks, alcohol contains a lot of calories as well.  7 calories per gram (compared to only 4 calories per gram for carbohydrates or proteins) and alcohol forces the liver to detoxify rather than burn fat, making it harder for you to lose weight.  So cutting back on alcohol is also a good way to shed a few pounds.

About Kimberly Dawson, M.S.

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