The number of people in the world
who are obese is itself becoming a rotund figure. Foods
high in calories, fat, sugar, and carbohydrates contribute
to this statistic, but beverages are often forgotten
in our perpetual weight gain.
Find out which ones are expanding your waistline with
this guide to the fluids that are most likely to sabotage
your weight-loss efforts.
Soda. Making up for a generous percentage
of our caloric intake, soda is at the top of the beverage
blunder list. Research has shown that soda consumption
is directly linked to weight gain. In addition to offering
large quantities of calories, soda's high concentrations
of sugar and starch often contribute to overeating.
Walking off one 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola Classic (which
has 143 calories and 39.9 grams of sugar) will take
Coffee Drinks. One cup of black coffee
can be a relatively healthy morning eye-opener at only
two calories per cup. Unfortunately, many people partake
in less healthy forms of caffeination. One of these
less desirable coffee choices is Starbucks' venti
2 percent Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha. With 660
calories, 22 grams of fat (14 grams, saturated), and
95 grams of sugar, this caffeinated catastrophe can
wreak serious havoc on your diet.
Energy Drinks. Often used as an alternative
to drinking coffee or for a late night jolt, energy
drinks are becoming an increasingly popular choice.
Sales for these beverages have reached upwards of $3.4
billion a year. However, top-selling Red Bull shows
27 grams of sugar are contained in one 8.3-ounce can.
Such high levels of sugar can have an adverse effect
on your metabolism. Because much of your morning drowsiness
is derived from dehydration, if you're looking to
get a good morning boost, reach for a glass of ice-cold
Smoothies. Confused because you thought
the smoothie was a healthy choice? Well, it can be-depending
on its preparation. One made with nothing more than
ice and frozen fruit can be a healthy, refreshing snack.
But frozen drink lovers beware, some smoothies are more
like milkshakes. Jamba Juice's Peanut Butter Moo'd
Power Smoothie (30 ounces) packs a fattening punch with
1,170 calories and 169 grams of sugar. If you're
dieting, be sure to check what goes into your beverage
before undoing your hard work.
Frozen Alcoholic Beverages. If you
like Pina Coladas...you may want to look for a different
daiquiri. High in sugar (16 grams) and fat (10.2 grams
and 8.9 grams of saturated fat) due to its being made
with pineapple juice and coconut milk, the seemingly
inconspicuous Pina Colada can easily sabotage your beach
body. Like your alcohol on the fruity side? Reach for
a mojito to save many grams of fat and calories.
Beer. Although the infamous beer belly
isn't caused solely by this barbecue favorite, it
certainly doesn't help. The average light beer has
more than 100 calories and 6 grams of carbohydrates
per can. These stats alone may not be alarming, but
if you enjoy one beer a night for a week, you should
also enjoy walking them off--cumulatively, it will take
three hours and 20 minutes.