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These beverages may be doing more harm to your diet than good. Consider significantly reducing your intake of them or eliminating them all together to avoid unwanted hunger and plateaus.

  1. Fancy coffee drinks. These are the mocha-latte-frappuccinos (is that even a real drink?), and the caramel drizzled holiday coffees. They can pack as much if not more than 1 meal worth of calories and more sugar than a soda.
  2. Diet and regular soda. Regular soda is basically syrup water with bubbles and diet soda is likely to make you crave more sugar or even salty foods.
  3. "Healthy" water such as vitamin waters, even if they're calorie free. These waters are no better than soda and diet soda. They just might add a few electrolytes and B vitamins which benefits do not off-set the sugar added in the drink.
  4. Vegetable and fruit juices. These are usually loaded with sugar and carbohydrates and they will often leave you feeling hungrier than you were before you drank them. A good rule of thumb: always EAT your fruits and vegetables.
  5. Alcohol. Even red wine. It's true! Alcoholic beverages can completely sabotage your weight loss. Think of it this way: carbohydrates and protein have 4 calories per 1 gram. Alcohol has 7 calories per gram and Fat has 9 calories per gram. Yikes!