Sunday, February 27, 2011

Can't Lose Weight? Count LIQUID Calories!

Many times when people are frustrated with weight loss, they look and look again at their food records and insist that they are eating only healthy food in small portions, yet the scale wont budge. There are certainly multiple reasons for this, not the least of which is the scientifically proven human tendency to record LESS than we consume and MORE than we exercise. It's not purposeful cheating, but small things such as forgetting the handful of M&M's off a co-worker's desk, or chips at a Mexican restaurant (we didn't ORDER chips, right?) or assuming we must have walked "at least a mile" during the day (without counting steps on a pedometer.)

My focus today, however, is on the portion of calories that we all tend forget- the LIQUID calories! Yes, Virginia, the liquid calories count, too...and often way more than you'd expect. Let's review some common ones:

Soda: 1 can of Coke is 140 calories
Starbucks:Tall Cafe Latte with Nonfat milk: 126 calories (Grande: 168 )
Caramel Frappuccino Blended Coffee with whipped cream: Brace yourself- 430 calories!! (Note a McD's Quarter pounder is 410)
Wine: 4 oz- a HALF CUP- glass of Chardonnay~90 kcal. MEASURE your glass once- most of us drink at least 6-8oz- check the picture above!
Frozen Margarita: 180 kcal for 4 oz...but most Margarita glasses hold 12 oz, which is over 500 kcal!
GATORADE: 12 oz is 310 kcal.

Recognize that 3600 calories equal one POUND, which means your simple morning coffee may be adding a pound or more per month. Or your workout drink, ironically, can easily do the same.

BOTTOM LINE: Focus on WATER the most, and low or no calorie drink options if you are trying to lose weight!

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