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Don't drink your calories

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 1

A common oversight among dieters and health enthusiasts everywhere is the amount of calories that can be consumed through beverages. I too was once ignorant to the overwhelming caloric intake that can be consumed unnoticeably, but with devastating consequences to your body fat levels. So let's look at some of the common culprits of liquid calories

Soft drinks

The average can of soda whether it is light or dark in color is 150 calories for one standard 355ml can. Many people buy soda in 2 litre containers which makes it easier to consume considerably more than this. Let's just say for arguments sake that you only drink that one can of pop, for you to burn the calories consumed by that one can of pop it would take 30 to 35 minutes of walking (at 5 mph) or 20 to 25 minutes of jogging. I like Coke as much as the next guy, but I don't like it that much! If you drink more than that one can everyday it can pack on up to an extra 2 or 3 pounds of fat a month.


There's nothing quite like a Cold Beer, but every beer also has on average 140 to 200 calories for an average beer with most closer to the 150 calorie mark. 5 oz of wine can be anywhere from 110 to 130 calories, and 1.5 oz of liquor like whiskey, gin or vodka can range anywhere from 98 to 135 calories per serving.

Sports Drinks

Unless specified as a low calorie version, sports drinks like Gatorade can pack as much as 300 calories for a 12 oz serving. That one bottle can nullify your whole workout and then some.


Hundreds of calories can be spared from your diet every week by picking low or no calorie alternatives to your favourite drinks. Switching to diet soft drinks is one of the easiest ways to adjust your diet that can benefit you tremendously. If you have one can of soda every day, in one year that would equal 54750 calories, it would take approximately 114 hours of jogging to burn that off. If you switch to a diet version of your favourite pop your yearly calorie count from pop would go to 0. Beers range in calories, but for argument's sake let's pick a good average of 150 calories per beer, an average light beer is around 100 calories. If you switched to a light version of your favourite beer you will save yourself 50 calories every time you crack a cold one. Unfortunately there is no low calorie alternative for wine drinkers (at least to my knowledge) so the next best thing is to watch your consumption.



Mar 22, 2010 8:45pm
This is so very true. As I was trying to lose weight, my doctor had me to keep a food journal. Before leaving, she added -- make sure you add drinks in there too.
I had never even really given what I was drinking much thought!
I changed my eating habits and calorie intake (including drinks!) and it worked well.
Great article!!
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