Avoid Weight Gain: Watch What You Drink
Here's how to keep from drowning in liquid calories.
5 Points About Liquid Calories continued...
3. Soda consumption may contribute to obesity.
Excess calories contribute to obesity, of course, and full-calorie soda is
no doubt adding excess calories to many of our diets. In fact, a recent study
followed that followed 2,300 young girls for 10 years showed that soda
consumption predicted the greatest increase in the girls' body mass index (BMI). Several
other studies have shown that as intake of sweetened soda went up, so did the
effect on weight gain.
4. It is better to eat your carbohydrates than to drink
A Purdue University study showed that significant weight gain may occur when
we consume carbohydrates as liquids rather than as solid food. In the study, 15
men and women consumed extra carbs each day for four weeks, either as a liquid
(soda) or a solid (jelly beans). The rest of the day's intake was up to them.
While the study participants didn't decrease their total calorie intake to
compensate for the added soda calories, they did compensate naturally for the
additional calories eaten as jellybeans.
5. The bottom line to alternative sweeteners.
In discussing the latest research on alternative sweeteners, the April 2006
issue of the Environmental Nutrition newsletter concluded that
"one diet drink a day or NutraSweet in your morning coffee is not anything
to worry about. But if you regularly consume much more than that or eat several
low-calorie foods sweetened with aspartame, Environmental Nutrition
suggests consider switching to products that use a less controversial sweetener
like sucralose (Splenda) or a sucralose blend."
Low- and No-Calorie Drink Recipes
Cutting back on sweetened drinks really doesn't have to be a big sacrifice.
Very-low calorie beverages can be refreshing and delicious. Try these recipes
and you'll see what I mean.
50/50 Fizzy Water
Journal as: No need to journal due to the low number of calories
Remember those 50/50 bars with orange sherbet on the outside and vanilla ice
cream on the inside? That vintage ice cream bar is the essence of this
3/4 cup seltzer water, club soda, or fizzy mineral water
1/4 cup orange juice (as fresh as possible)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract