Watching your weight? Don’t drink your calories
When you eat more calories than you burn off, your body stores those extra calories as fat. It seems pretty self explanatory doesn’t it? Then why do we not think twice before guzzling a 20-ounce soda or extra-tall glass of orange juice? Are you really going to cut those calories elsewhere throughout the day? Let’s be honest…are you going to turn down a 270-calorie slice of pizza at dinner because you drank a 270-calorie, 20-ounce glass of orange juice with your pancake breakfast? Probably not. But if you don’t compensate somehow for those extra calories, prepare to become frustrated with your weight loss efforts. I can hear you now:
“But Melanie, isn’t orange juice good for you?”
Yes, but you’re much better off eating an orange! It has fewer calories and is more satisfying than the juice. As a matter of fact, I can guarantee that if you cut out all calorie-containing beverages for two weeks, you will most definitely feel your clothes fitting better. Who doesn’t want that?
Look, I’m not telling you to give up orange juice or soda. Just THINK before you DRINK. I’m all about making my calories count! Heck, if I’m going to take in 270-calories, I would much rather chew those calories than sip them. The exception is a whole food smoothie. You can create your own satisfying “meal in a cup” by blending whole fruits and vegetables in a powerful blender such as a Vitamix.
My challenge to you: For the next seven days, replace any calorie-containing beverages with water (NOT diet soda or drinks made with artificial sweeteners). This includes:
- Iced tea
- Coffee drinks
- Energy drinks
- Sports drinks
- 100% juice
- Fruit Drinks
- Mixed drinks
- Any other beverage with calories
My guess is that after seven days, you’ll be much more aware of how quickly those extra liquid calories add up! Remember…THINK before you DRINK!