Bottled Juice and Smoothies
Bottled juice seems to be a great way to get your serving of fruits for the day but they hide a lot of empty calories and very little nutritional value. These don’t contain as much natural fruit juice as you might think and they’re also packed with sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup.
You’re better off making your own fresh-squeezed juice and smoothies at home instead of getting them from the grocery aisle. This way, you’ll know what goes into every glass.
An average 12-ounce can contains about 12 teaspoons of sugar. Consuming this much carbs in the form of sugar regularly can lead to a lot of health issues including diabetes, and cardiovascular conditions. Plus, those added calories are never good for your waistline.
If you enjoy the fizziness of soda, try going for carbonated water that you can steep with fruits.
Alcohol adds a lot of empty calories in your diet while also hampering your body’s ability to burn fat and loss weight. Furthermore, alcohol can negatively affect your sleep as well as your judgement especially when it comes to food.
However, you don’t have to cut off alcohol completely out of your diet. Some options aren’t as bad for you in terms of calories including vodka, whiskey, gin, tequila, brandy, and wine. Note, however, that cocktails made from these beverages can rack up tons of calories because of the sweeteners and flavorings added. So be mindful of your alcohol intake.
Ice-cream based milk shakes topped with syrups, candy bars, chocolate, pretzels, cake, and whipped cream may be ultra-tasty but they can contain tons of sugar, trans fats, and saturated fats. They can contain up to 800 plus calories which spells trouble for your weight loss goals.
Blended Coffee Beverages
If your coffee order contains more add-ins like whipped cream, syrups, and other flavorings than actual espresso then you could be consuming up to 500 calories. So if you’re spending an afternoon at a coffee shop and thinking of your next beverage, steer clear of the blended Frappuccino’s. Instead, opt for lattes, cappuccinos, chai, and iced coffee with skim, soy, or almond milk.