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.
- 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.
- 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.
- "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.
- 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.
- 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!