Sipping these sweet beverages might quench your thirst but there’s nothing sweet about what they do to your waistline.
Liquid calories are one of the biggest problems in the American diet. A lot of people don’t think it’s a big deal if they have one sweet tea at lunch on Fridays or a sports drink at the gym. The calories and sugar grams, however, tell a different story.
Consider this: A 32-ounce bottle of Gatorade has 21 grams of sugar and 200 calories. So even if you spent an hour on the treadmill burning calories, you’re putting them right back into your body with every sip.
Now, if you drink one sports drink every week, don’t be surprised if you start to gain weight. Conversely, if you give up your sugary sports drinks, it will help you drop some pounds.
Don’t be tempted by the “zero calorie” versions either. Artificial sweeteners slow down your metabolism and make you eat more in the long run.
Your best bet is to simply drink water.
If you don’t like the taste of water, you need to get a little creative. Remember, it takes about 30 days to start a new habit. So, give water a chance.
Here are a few ideas to help you replace sugary beverages and stay on track with weight loss goals.
Herbal iced tea. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. You might be surprised how refreshing a glass of iced tea can be. Tea companies have created all sorts of flavors these days. You can find berry tea, hibiscus tea, peach tea, blackberry tea, mint tea and passionfruit tea in practically every grocery store. Make a large batch of tea on the stove with several tea bags. Let it cool, add ice and store a pitcher in your fridge so you can refill your water bottle throughout the day.
Fruit-infused waters. Fruit contains natural sugars. A few pieces of oranges can go a long way into making water taste just sweet enough to keep you sipping. You can also use watermelon, blueberries and cucumbers to come up with different concoctions. Fruit-infused water made from scratch helps kids give up juice, too. Your entire family can enjoy making these simple, yet delicious, drinks.