When it comes to tracking calories, people don't always remember to include the things they are drinking. Up to one fifth of the calories you are consuming on a daily basis comes from beverages. That's a pretty scary number that can add up quickly if you aren't paying attention!
Recent stats have suggested that people are consuming up to 2500 calories by drinking fruit juice or sodas at meal time. Insane!
So, if you're eating clean and hitting the gym but still not losing weight, it may be time to take a look at what you are drinking. Below are 8 beverages that could be playing a role in your inability to lose weight. By swapping them out for water, you'll notice a difference in no time at all!
Do you find yourself mixing things up by ordering an iced or frozen coffee beverage? Well, we've got bad news. These cold coffee drinks are often loaded with sugar and cream and can cost you around 900 calories. Not helpful when trying to lose weight!
While recommended for consumption due to its nutrient content, milk also contains a large amount of saturated fat. So, if you find yourself chugging milk first thing in the morning, you may want to dial it back.
3. Processed Drinks
Processed juices are so far from being natural that it isn't even funny! They are full of sugar and artificial sweeteners that boost the calorie content sky-high. Processed juices often contain only 3% fruit! Yikes!
4. Energy Drinks
Energy drinks are NOT good for you. They are packed with sugar and caffeine that ramps up your body and puts it through the wringer. They have also been linked to the activation of cancer cells.
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You were probably expecting this one on the list. One bottle of beer can run you about 120 calories. Beer is full of carbohydrates and has very little to offer in the way of nutrition. When looking to lose weight, it is best to steer clear.
Another one you probably expected. The downsides to soda cannot be stressed enough! Regular sodas are loaded with sugar and the available diet options are full of sodium and artificial sweeteners that only contribute to weight gain. What's more, soda erodes the enamel on your teeth and can even start to dissolve them!
While they may seem healthy, shakes can contain a lot of ingredients which makes it difficult to control calorie counts. Think about it, if you aren't supposed to eat piles of dairy and fruit in one sitting, what makes it okay to do when they are blended together?
8. Sports Drinks
Sports drinks claim to replenish your body with what it lost during the workout. The problem is, the majority of us are not working out nearly hard enough to require their assistance. So really, they are a sugar and carbohydrate trap. Your best bet, post-workout is water. If you really think you need to help your electrolytes along, try water with a pinch of sea salt and a squeeze of lemon.
Do you think some of these drinks may be making it harder for you to lose weight? Don't be shy, tell us about it!
Source: Bold Sky