How Many Calories Are You Drinking?

How Many Calories Are You Drinking Daily?

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Great health is good, as we all aspire to have one. Unfortunately, there are lots of things we do that is not helping us in any way. If you follow me to the end of this post; I will lead you by hand providing answers to your questions.

It is pathetic that our society is faced with liquid temptation all day long – from morning coffee, tea, and juice choices, to afternoon sodas and energy drinks, to evening dinner drinks and adult beverages – that’s a problem! These are drinks that go down smoothly and can be found anywhere and everywhere. Soda, tea, milk, juice, coffee, flavored waters, energy drinks, smoothies. According to a recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, this showed that around 37 percent of our total daily liquid calories come from sugar-sweetened drinks. So where are all of these calories coming from? Here is a sampling of the calories hiding in your cup. It is high time we start paying attention what we drink as an individual; knowing fully well that what we drink is adds to our weight. Maybe, I should start this article by defining calories.

What is Calories?

What comes to your mind? A dangerous, unhealthy substance? Or… another sort of poison? No! Calorie is not bad in itself; the problem began the moment you start taking too much of it – your body needs enough calories to function well.

A calorie is a unit of measurement, but not of weight or length; it’s a unit for measuring energy. Calorie is a way of describing how much energy your body could get from eating or drinking it. However, your body needs calories for energy to function maximally.

So, How much Calories Does Your Body Needs?

It’s true that not burning enough calories can lead to weight gain, but not having enough can also be dangerous. Although, the number of calories needed varies from one individual to another; 2,000 calories is a rough average of what a person needs to eat in a day, but your body might need more or less than 2,000 calories. Height, weight, gender, age and activity level all affect your calories intake.

Drinks That Are High In Calories

Soda: This is one of the most controversial drinks with hidden calories. Soda and fruit-flavored drinks can store up to 250 calories per 12 ounces. When these sweet liquids are sold in 20 ounces, 48 ounce, 1 liter, and 2-liter bottles, it would be easy to work up to 800 calories per day, if you're not conscious of your choices. A can of soda contains 140 calories.

 soda can has 140 calories. can of soda red and white colour

Juice Drinks (flavored, sugar-sweetened juice): This can significantly give you more calories per ounce than soda; if care is not taken! Orange, grape and cranberry juice drinks have about 216 calories per 12 ounces. But they seem so healthy! Don't make the mistake that a portion of the ingredients in those bottles came from fruit, making you overlook its calories contribution. Even the acclaimed 100% fruit juice, be it orange, apple, grape, pomegranate, cranberry or another flavor, can contribute calories to your diet. So, It is advisable to eat fruits or vegetables instead of drinking fruit juice. Companies also mislead consumers sometimes saying contains 100% real fruit, but they extract the sugars from real fruit and add it to the drinks. This is not a healthy way to obtain those fruit sugars.

orange juiceis high in sugar and high in calories. glass of orange juice with more being poured into glass.

Coffee Drink: Coffee in and of itself is free of calories or very little like 5 calories for a black coffee, which makes it seem innocent. But with all the enticing additives added, the calories numbers increased sharply. A medium double double coffee contains 70 calories. Iced Coffee is very popular these days and a medium iced coffee has 170 Calories.

black coffee has 5 calories. cup of black coffee. white mug on a wooden table.

Milk: A single serving of milk is 8 ounces, which is probably less than what many people pour at meals, but adding other additives to it; significantly increases the number of calories. That is why you must be careful of how you consume it. Regular milk has 130 calories per 8oz that can increase or decrease depending on type. Skim milk is less.

glass and pitcher of milk on a table outside. in background is sunflowers. Milk has approx 130 calories per glass.

 

What about a Milkshake?

 

A medium milkshake from a typical fast food outlet will contain approx. 400 calories and it goes up with increases in size.

So often, we focus on what we're eating when we want to lose weight or get healthier but don't forget about liquid calories. Just be aware of how much you're drinking, and follow these beverage guidelines to fit your favorite tasty drinks into your healthy eating plan.

 

WATER is BEST

Water is 0 calories. Water replenishes us and cleans out our systems. This is best option for people to choose. Especially, for those trying maintain or lose weight.