You have probably estimated your daily calorie intake when you a ‘serious’ dieter. You spend your days counting the calories you want to intake, and avoiding high calorie foods. You keep track of the calories of the food that you eat, but do you also keep track of the calories you take by drinking? Most of the health conscious people overlook this area.
The sum of the beverages you drink daily can add onto your calorie allowance and mess up your weight loss efforts. Here is a look at the amount of calories in our daily favorite drinks, to give you an idea of how a simple drink can spoil your all your dieting and exercising.
We all love the pick-me-up effect of coffee. Coffee keeps us alert during the day, and during the nights when we stay up studying or clearing up a pile of work. Fortunately, we don’t need to worry about cutting back too much on this all-time favorite. In fact, a bit of coffee is good for your health due to the presence of antioxidants in the drink. The problem however comes in when we start adding sugar, cream, milk, and other flavoring in our coffee. Depending on what you add, a cup of coffee can move from having very few calories to being a calorie-ridden drink. For example, an 8-ounce cup of brewed coffee has only 2 calories. Add 2 tablespoons of cream and the calorie count shoots up all the way to 106. Alternatively, adding 2tbsp of half & half will drive the calorie count to about 42 while 2tbsp of plain powdered non-dairy creamer can see calories add up to around 68.
Store bought coffee brands usually have the most calories as they are loaded with additives and sold in large servings. A few examples include a 16-ouche cup of:
McDonald’s Mocha which has 330 calories
Starbucks café Mocha (whip) which features 360 calories, and
Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha (whip) with an unbelievable 560 calories
As you can see, drinking the average 3 cups of coffee that most Americans indulge in daily can result in you consuming hundreds if not more of extra calories without even knowing it.
Despite their signature sweet taste that makes them a popular choice for many non-alcohol consumers, soft drinks are nothing but calorie traps. This is mainly because of the high sugar content they pack. This sugar only works to add onto already present calories making them very high in calories. For example, a bottle of Coca-Cola contains around 240 calories as well as 65g of sugar while a 250ml can of Red Bull contains up to 114 calories plus 27.5g of sugar.
Consuming tons of sweetened drinks or alcoholic drinks can be harmful to your weight loss efforts, especially when you are on a low calorie diet. It is crucial that you limit your calorie intake in your drinks, and taking them into factor into your daily calorie intake.
Are you one of the dieters who can abstain themselves from eating chocolates, sweet treats, chips, but find it difficult say no to cracking open a cold one with the boys? If so, you are in for a rude awakening. The rough estimate of calories in alcohol is as follows:
120 to 126 calories for every glass of wine
Between 103 and 250 calories per pint of beer – depends on the nature of the beer (regular, light, hard cider, etc.)
97 calories and above in a glass of common liquors (vodka, rum, whiskey, tequila, gin)
From 97 to 250 calories for cocktails glasses
Up to 700 calories in a Pina Colada