Hidden Calories in Drinks

You know the saying that you can’t out-exercise a bad diet? We tend to forget that it also refers to what you drink. If despite your best efforts at changing your food intake and increasing your exercise routine, you find yourself at a plateau where your weight loss efforts are concerned, it may be time to take a closer look at the beverages you choose to drink on a daily basis.

Did you know that a 12-oz can of regular soda pop (Coke, Gingerale, Pepsi, Orange Crush) can add up to 200 calories & 35-42grams of sugar? Or that your nonfat Latte is harbouring another 120-400 more calories? What about that “healthy” drink that is anything but juice? One glass of apple juice can be up to 170 calories and 35grams of sugar! Woooooooooooooooooow!

Full of sugar, some beverages can take a toll not only on your waistline but also on your overall health. Take, for instance, both Orange Juice and Coke contain 10 teaspoons of sugar per 12 oz glass! No, you did not read that wrong. That’s A LOT of sugar! According to the American Heart Association, the maximum amount of added sugar you should eat a day is 9 teaspoons for men and 6 teaspoons for women. That Coke you just drank without another thought took up more than your daily allotment for the day! Yikes!

But, let’s go back to what these empty calories are doing to your body. Extra sugar is stored in your bloodstream as glucose, causing your pancreas to release additional insulin to clear out the extra stores, saving it as fat in your cells.

Sugar addiction is a real problem all around the world, so I urge you to start training yourself to enjoy less sugary beverages. It’ll be very difficult at first and can cause you fatigue, irritability, and digestive upset as your body gets rid of the toxins in your bloodstream. But, this could be the solution you’ve been looking for to get off that plateau.

If water just doesn’t sound good to you, try infusing it with fruit – lime and lemons, strawberries, or blueberries are a great way to start. I love drinking carbonated water so get some bubbles and fiz to my drinks and they beat having any urge to drink a soda! It adds a little bit of flavour and helps your transition to less sugary beverages.

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Dimitri Giankoulas

Fascinated since an early age by the potential of the human body, I have devoted my career and much of my private life to pushing beyond my own limits – and to lead others to personal health achievements greater than they thought possible. My level of commitment to each and every client is unparalleled in the industry. I try to bring energy, optimism, and pure motivational power to every one of his workout sessions. I have been in the fitness industry since 1997, working as a personal trainer, nutrition consultant, and ultimately Personal Training Director at various well-known gyms across the GTA. Combined I have over 11,000 hours of hands-on personal training experience.