Nutrition tip of the week: Don’t drink your calories!

FIT-P’s Nutrition Tip of the Week

July 2, 2018

Don’t Drink Your Calories

2LT David Ford

Are you watching your calories?  Are you having trouble maintaining that caloric deficit? If you are having difficulties with maintaining your calories, start with your drinks. Sugary drinks are the most fattening things we can put into our body.  Think about this, drinking one 20-ounce can/bottle of a sugary beverage per day can result in gaining an extra 25 pounds a year!  Here is just one more fact about drinking these kinds of beverages.  Women who drink one or more sugary beverage daily have almost twice the risk of developing diabetes!

When we drink these types of beverages we are getting many calories and many of them are from the sugars in that beverage. This type of beverage also does not last long in our stomach so we also feel hungry more often.  With being hungry we tend to find things to eat.  We may also grab another sugary beverage.  This is what can lead to that 25 pound a year weight gain.

It is for this reason I try not to drink my calories.  By not drinking my calories it allows me to eat healthier foods throughout the day, and more of them.  Also, by eating healthier foods that last longer in my stomach I do not feel hungry.  This helps to refrain from poor nutrition choices.  Here is an example, if I drink one 20-ounce bottle of Mountain Dew that would be 290 calories.  Now if I drink two, I am at 580 calories!  I could use those calories to eat more fruits and vegetables that would curb my appetite.

Drink water.  Sounds easy enough.  Drinking water is good for your body and most of us are at some stage of dehydration each day.  Don’t like the taste of water?  Then there are many zero calorie/zero sugar options for that.

If keeping your calories down is a struggle for you.  Start with your drinks.

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