Despite the current snow storms and frigid temperatures, summer is right around the corner. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it?
Many of us have started dieting to prepare for bikini season. The problem is, we tend focus on what not to eat, and forget about what not to drink, too. This can really set us back in our efforts to lose weight and/or tone our muscles. Why? Too many of us naively down calorie-filled beverages throughout the day without even realizing it. Some of us even consume more calories from drinks than from entire meals.
One bottle of soda has 240 calories, which for those of us on a diet, is equivalent to an entire meal. Think about that for a moment. Drinking one bottle of soda just replaced a meal. So which drinks should you avoid in your mission to get the hot beach bod you’ve always wanted? We found 10 popular drinks that are ruining diets across the world.
Frozen coffee is a widely popular drink that everyone seems to enjoy. You don’t have to be a hipster at the local Starbucks with an Apple laptop to enjoy this delightful drink. Despite growing in popularity, this is one of the worst coffee beverages for your beach body. Frozen coffees are packed with sugars, which is a pesky problem when you’re trying to lose weight.
If you really need your coffee fix, opt for black coffee since it only contains 2 calories and has no sugar or fat. A frozen coffee has anywhere between 200 to 900 calories, which might not sound like a big deal, but there’s probably no chance that you aren’t going to eat anything with it. It’s best to stick with water and a daily vitamin to get you going in the morning.
A lot of people automatically assume that juice is healthy. It makes sense because juice is supposed to be made from fruit, which is very good for you. However, the processed juice from the grocery store certainly doesn’t have the same benefits as the fruit in the produce aisle. Processed juice is anything but natural.
Processed juice is filled with sugar and usually only contains about 3% of actual fruit. If you find a carton of juice that has an upcoming expiration date, there’s a good chance that it’s natural (or has been sitting there for quite some time). Juice that doesn’t expire for a long time is filled with artificial junk that your body doesn’t need; the added sugar will make you pack in the calories. If you want a healthy juice with 100% real fruit, it might be time to invest in a juicer.
They say that milk is good for you and your bones since it contains a lot of calcium. There are many things that contain calcium, though, so don’t depend on milk as your only source. You can even just take calcium supplements. People drink milk all the time, and almost everyone puts it into their cereal, so how can it be that bad for weight loss?
Milk contains a lot of saturated fat, which is not the good kind that your body truly needs. Milk also contains a fair share of calories, with whole milk having 103 calories per cup. A lot of people opt for skim milk, but it’s really not that much better (not to mention that it tastes worse). Also, milk might not agree with your stomach, as it can create problems with your digestive system and make you feel sluggish. Again, the importance of water cannot be understated here.
Sports drinks taste delicious, there is no doubt about that. This is especially true if you are outside in the heat for an extended period of time and there’s a cold sports drink waiting for you in the fridge. The downside of these drinks is that they contain a lot of sugar and sodium that can make you feel bloated and lead to weight gain.
With around 200 calories in each bottle, sports drinks can do wonders if you are running a marathon in the blistering Nevada heat. However, they won’t do much good for you if you’ve just been gardening for 15 minutes. It’s best to stay away from all the sugar in sports drinks. And wouldn’t you know it? Drinking water is the most effective way to hydrate your body on a hot day.
If it is stifling hot outside and you haven’t been doing too much in terms of physical activity, you might reach for a slushie instead of a sports drink. These frozen concoctions are even worse for you than sports drinks. While a 28 ounce sports drink has 200 calories, a 12 ounce slushie has about the same amount of calories.
Slushies are made with two essential ingredients: slushed ice and sugar. If you bought a cup of slushed ice without sugar, it probably wouldn’t taste too great. It’s when the sugary flavoring gets added in that you have a legit slushie, but slushies can lead to legit weight issues. Downing a 32-ounce cup of sugar is, in no way, shape or form, going to help you look good this summer.
When we stated earlier that frozen coffee isn’t good for you, we might have got you think about what you’re going to replace it with. Energy drinks were probably the first thing that came to your mind, but you will want to stay far, far away from those, too. In just one can of a typical energy drink, you will find more than three tablespoons of sugar.
If that isn’t enough to scare you away from energy drinks, you should also know that they are sweetened with sucralose and other sugar alcohols that can cause diabetes and cancer. Sugar can also lead you down the fast lane to obesity, which is what we’re trying to get far away from here. Try a refreshing green tea instead for a natural energy boost that won’t hurt your stomach or give you a big sugar crash.
Almost everybody knows that beer can be a major contributor to an over-sized stomach or give you a beer belly. To avoid that dreaded extra weight around your midsection, you’re going to have to pass on the beer. That’s easier said than done if you frequently go out with your friends to pubs and bars, but just make sure that if you drink any beer, at least do so in moderation.
Beer has almost no nutritional value; it contains a lot of calories and a lot of carbs, and that’s pretty much it. The typical 12 ounce can of beer contains about 150 calories, and most of us can’t stop at just one. Sure, there are lighter beers that have around 60 calories, but they taste pretty gross. Either way, beer is only going to hurt your weight loss efforts.
While the first shake you might think of is a milkshake (which would definitely derail your beach body goal), the one that we want to focus on is the protein shake. Unless you are lifting hundreds of pounds of weights each day, these shakes won’t do anything for you other than pack on unwanted pounds of fat. Bodybuilders drink protein shakes because they help to increase their muscle mass.
If you are just going for a brisk walk, you will want to walk right on by the protein shakes. The same digestive problems that come from milk can be even worse from a protein shake.
Just like beer, soda has no nutritional value. Although diet soda lacks calories, it still has a fair amount of sodium and artificial sweeteners. Soda has a bad reputation in the beverage industry for being partially responsible for the fact that obesity levels are at an all-time high. You can get addicted to soda (namely the caffeine in it), just like any other drug.
Too much soda can lead to a multitude of diseases as it can weaken your immune system, as well as your calcium and vitamin A levels. If that isn’t enough to make you quit soda entirely, it can also make you feel hungrier, which can lead to even more unnecessary calories. If you have a 12 pack sitting in the fridge, you might want to consider pouring it out to make sure you don’t end up drinking it.
You shouldn’t add cream and sugar to your coffee. Just like we suggested as an alternative to frozen coffee, keep your coffee black. Research has shown that those that consume multiple cups of coffee (with cream and sugar in it) each day are opening themselves up for health risks that include high blood pressure and an overabundance of insulin.
An increase in your insulin level means that your body will retain fat, which leads to further weight gain. If you can stick to one cup of black coffee each morning, you won’t have any problems (outside of the occasional digestive system flush). The more natural your coffee, the better.