7 Drinks That Can Ruin Your Diet

Drinks That Can Ruin Your Diet

Drinks that are bad for your diet
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What you put in your cup may matter more than what you put on your plate if you are trying to lose weight.  Many dieters eat a healthy diet and then consume more than a day's worth of calories in liquid form. These seven drinks are the most common offenders. Make sure they don't derail your diet.

Sports Drinks

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One of the biggest weight loss workout mistakes is to drink a high calorie sports drink to rehydrate during or after your exercise session. Depending on the drink you choose, you may even end up consuming more calories than you burn during the workout. It’s true that some athletes may need specialized drinks to perform better, but for most of us, water is the best option.


Smoothies That Can Ruin Your Diet
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Weight loss smoothies can be a great meal replacement option if you are busy and don’t have time to cook. But it’s also easy to over-indulge when you're throwing multiple ingredients into the blender. Make sure you measure your ingredients before adding them and learn to avoid other common mistakes that can turn your smoothie into a 400 or 500 calorie diet disaster.

Regular Soda

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Have you ever calculated the total cost of your soda habit? Have you ever thought about how much weight you could lose if you just changed the way you drink? It might be worth looking at if you are trying to lose weight. If you drink soda every day, you may be consuming over 200,000 extra calories every year and spending hundreds of dollars on your drinks. Dropping the soda habit is one of the easiest ways to decrease your total calorie count each day.

Think diet soda is better? Keep reading...

Diet Soda

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Some recent studies have suggested that when we drink diet soda and other beverages that are artificially sweetened, we are more likely to make poor food choices and eat more food overall. This might be due to the way we adapt to artificial sweeteners, or it might be because we rationalize that our food choice doesn't matter if we drink a no-calorie beverage. Either way, your diet soda may not be a guilt-free solution.


coffee drinks
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Coffee, like soda pop, is a common habit that is hard to break. But coffee lovers don’t need to panic. You don't have to give up your coffee habit completely. You just need to make better choices.

  • If you make coffee at home, don’t add creamer. It’s full of fat, and most of us don’t add the right amount, anyway. And if you think fat-free creamer is better, think again. Some of those products are common sources of hidden fat.
  • If you visit a coffee house, like Starbucks, be sure you order one of their low- calorie coffee drinks. A nonfat cappuccino won't ruin your diet, but several other options on the menu can contain hundreds of calories.


Booze on a diet
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Best way to gain weight? Drink lots of booze. Easiest way to lose weight? Limit your alcohol intake. You can use time-tested strategies to limit your alcohol consumption and slim down.  Or you can also make better alcohol choices when you do choose to drink.

Quick tip: It’s a good idea to limit alcohol anyway, but also limit where you drink. If you are on a diet, try to avoid consuming more than one drink at parties and happy hours. That way, you're less likely to snack mindlessly on high calorie snack foods that are often served at these events.

Juice or Juice-Flavored Drinks

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Dieters often drink juice because it sounds really healthy and juice drinks are often not very filling. But that doesn't mean that they aren't loaded with sugar and calories. Some "healthy" juice drinks contain hundreds of calories.

If you're trying to lose weight with the new juice trend be advised that juicing for weight loss can backfire. Not only do the calories add up quickly but some juice drinks are are also stripped of the nutrients that will help you lose weight - like hunger-busting fiber

Drink Water

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So what should you drink when you want to lose weight? Water. It doesn't sound like an exciting drink option, but if you hydrate with water, you’ll put yourself in a good position to get better weight loss results.

But it can take time to build a water habit. Start by learning the different ways to make water taste better so that it becomes your beverage of choice. And, you may also want to invest in a Sodastream. I use mine to make sparkling water so I don't have to pay for it at the grocery store. Then I add herbs or fruit (or both!) to boost the flavor.

Remember,  if you replace higher calorie drinks with water, you can decrease your daily calorie count and lose weight without ever changing the food that you eat.

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