Beware of Liquid Calories

Liquid calories are something that many people forget about when attempting to lose weight.  People automatically think beverages such as fruit juices and sports drinks won't affect their diet.  In fact, many people think fruit juice should be included in your diet, mainly because it has the word fruit in it. High calorie beverages can ruin any person's diet and really affect their weight loss goals.  

I drank a lot of orange juice as a kid, because I was always told how nutritious it was.  Now, it does have some nutritional value, such as Vitamin C, but it also has a high amount of sugar and carbohydrates.  This is the same with many pre-made fruit juices.  Sugar is added to them to sweeten them up, which ruins the nutritional value.  Also, if you’re drinking multiple glasses a day, the calories really start to add up.  

A serving is usually listed as 1 cup, and contains around 125 calories, 30 grams of carbohydrates and 25 grams of sugar.  When's the last time you had a glass of fruit juice, and it came out to 1 cup?  I'm guessing not very often.  A regular sized glass could easily be 2 or 3 cups.  See how the calories can easily add up?  Now, the sugar content can be misleading.  The natural sugar in fruit is different than added sugar.  Unfortunately, you usually don't know how much natural sugar, and how much added sugar, is in your fruit juice.  That's why I stay on the safe side and choose not to drink packaged fruit juice.

Sports drinks are also guilty of loading up on calories, sugar and carbohydrates.  This wasn't something I necessarily thought or cared about when I was younger and playing sports constantly.  But as I grew older, I started paying more attention to what I was putting in my body.  A bottle of most sports drinks usually has between 2 and 4 servings.  One bottle usually is not a single serving.  In each serving, there's usually around 150 calories, with 15 or more grams of sugar and carbohydrates.  Now add that up for each serving!  When I get done working out, the last thing I want to do is put more empty calories in my body.  I just put in so much hard work to get rid of them!  I've resorted to zero calorie sports drinks.  There are some out there that I think taste the same, and don't add additional calories to your diet.

I'm not a professional nutritionist or trainer.  I'm just someone who has become more interested in nutrition and physical fitness each and every year.  I was an athlete in high school, but quickly realized how easy weight can be put on as you graduate from high school and move into adulthood.  One of the easiest things you can do is cut out liquid calories when trying to lose weight. You'd be surprised how much of an effect it can have on your body.