Packing on the Pounds with Daily Beverages

Thursday, January 19, 2012
Sometimes we forget that beverages have calories...and carbs. I'm a drinker of Diet Coke and water, so I am accustomed to drinks that have 0 calories and 0 carbs.

So imagine the gasp I let out when I stepped on the scale the other day, and to my horror, I had gained 6 pounds since the beginning of December. Ahhhhhh! Yeah, scary.

Yes, I had a Christmas cookie here and a glass of Prosecco there. I had cheese and crackers and wine. I did my fair share of indulging over the holidays, but 5 lbs. worth? I don't know about that.

So I sat down and thought hard about what I've been eating. Other than the aforementioned holiday treats, I couldn't think of anything out of the ordinary. And then it hit me. What about the beverages I've been consuming?

Yep, that grande white chocolate mocha from Starbucks? A staggering 460 calories...and that's with skim milk. The venti unsweetened black iced tea from Starbucks? Not too bad at 120 calories. However, it's unsweetened so why so many calories? Lastly, and my recent favorite, the medium hot chocolate from Dunkin Donuts? A whopping 320 calories.

There were days when I'd hit Starbucks in the morning and order both drinks and then later in the afternoon I'd make my way to Dunkin Donuts for a steaming hot chocolate. That's 900 calories in beverages alone!!!!


The gravy train has stopped, people. Those drinks as a special treat are fine, but daily? No way. I need to get those calories from real food.

What have I changed? Well, for starters, no more Dunk and Starbucks. I am sticking to water and unsweetened hot tea. I occasionally allow myself a Diet Coke when I am craving something sweet. And the treadmill at the gym and I have become fast friends once again.

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