Sipping on the Pounds

on 3/16/2009 by bi11ionairry | filed in: Diet and Nutrition
Sipping on the Pounds Several new research studies indicate that your choice in beverages could be causing you to gain weight. Soft drinks have been blamed, in part, for the rising rates of obesity in this county and it’s no surprise why: Americans drink an average of 52 gallons of soda per person per year! That’s 80,704 calories a year if you drink just 18 ounces of soda a day.

Soda and caloric beverages play a role in your calorie intake, since research has proven that drinking calories will only add to the number of calories you eat. In other words, calories from liquids are not as satisfying as calories from solid foods. Furthermore, beverages that contain high-fructose corn syrup may even stimulate your appetite.

Soft drinks are also problematic because they provide little or no nutrition and they can contribute to tooth decay and weakened bones. Juice, although nutritious, is a caloric beverage, as well, and can contribute to weight gain in the same manner as other caloric beverages. If you add just 12 ounces of soda or juice to your daily diet and don’t change anything else, you could potentially gain 15 pounds over the course of a year.

If you are trying to lose weight, take a look at what you’re drinking. Water should be your main source of fluid, with a serving or two of nonfat milk or soy milk added in for bone-building nutrients. Brewed coffee and teas are virtually calorie-free, but be mindful of what you add to them. If you are trying to gain weight, then fresh juices, such as pomegranate and orange juice, are a healthful way to increase your calorie intake. If you currently drink a high-quality juice and your weight is healthy and stable, then you can probably continue with your routine. By the way, artificially sweetened beverages are not a smart solution to the caloric beverage issue, as they may tempt you to over-indulge in something else because you think you’re being “good” by drinking a “diet” beverage.
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