Weight Loss Wednesday: Don’t Drink your Calories
Hey Mamas (and Papas),
Welcome back. If you haven’t read my previous posts in this series, It might help to start here. I’m challenging readers to incorporate a new healthy habit for just one week, and if it works for you, make it a part of your lifestyle. How did you do with last weeks challenge to follow the 80/20 rule? I did fairly well. Some days were 60/40, other days were 100%. It all evened out by the weeks end.
This week I want to talk with you about what you’re drinking. I know, it’s hot, and you’re thirsty, but I don’t want what you’re chugging to cool off or quench your thirst to derail your weight loss or wellness efforts.
The truth is, though, that many of us are drinking empty calories, when what our body really needs is water.
Don’t Drink Your Calories
Sodas, juices, overly sugary “coffee” drinks that have little caffeine but major amounts of sugar, alcohol, are not doing any of us any favors. The average juice, soda or alcoholic drink has anywhere from 100-250 calories, while a grande frappuccino weighs in at 370 calories, and does little if anything to boost our health. Contrast that with a handful of almonds at 170 calories and a powerhouse of nutrients, protein and long lasting energy and hunger satisfaction, and the winner is clear. So many of us think of a drink as a quick pick-me-up when we’re dragging, but in all honesty, if that drink is picking-you-up, its just popping you onto a sugar high, which will not last.
In reality, you’re most likely either hungry, in which case you should be seeking out a high protein and complex carb snack like an apple with peanut butter or greek yogurt with granola and blueberries, OR you’re truly thirsty, in which case water is the best and only logical answer.
“But water is soooo boring!”
So put something in it. One of my favorite drinks is a bottle of Perrier with about 1 oz. of cranberry juice added. I called it a “preggo cocktail” when I was expecting, but still make and love them to this day. One ounce of juice coupled with sparkling water gives me the flavor and the fizz, but not the calories or the sugar crash.
Better yet, put real fruit in.
So take the challenge this week.
Satisfy your thirst with water and your hunger with actual food that will nourish you and keep you full much longer. I bet you’ll feel a lot better at the end of the day, and if you’re tracking accurately, I’m sure your calorie intake will go down (which means the scale will, too!)
Stop back by to let us know how it goes!
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