To Drink or Not to Drink?

Below are examples of some common beverages that can sabotage your weight loss efforts with every sip:

*Cola: The average 12 ounce of regular cola contains approximately 140 calories and 33 grams of sugar, which is equivalent to about 9 teaspoons of sugar!  By cutting out one can of regular cola, an individual could lose one pound a month!

*Juice:  Fruit juice can be deceiving because one can think since it comes from fruit it is always healthy.  However, the average fruit juice in its natural form contains about 116 calories and 26 grams of sugar per cup, which is equivalent to about 6 teaspoons of sugar! It is always better to eat fruit in its fresh, whole form with which the full fiber and nutrient content of the fruit can be appreciated.

*Coffee drinks: An average 12 ounce frozen drink contains about 175 calories and 30 grams of sugar, which is equivalent to about 8 teaspoons of sugar!

Stick to plain iced coffee to save calories and sugar while still getting your caffeine kick!

*Alcoholic Beverages:  Sugary frozen daiquiris, margaritas, and fruity cocktails contain flavored syrups that add unnecessary sugar and calories.  Aside from the sugar, alcoholic beverages of any kind, beer, wine, or liquor, consumed on a regular basis, can slow down fat metabolism, thereby hindering weight loss efforts and nutrient absorption.

(Sources: NutritionData.com, National Institutes of Health)