If you are trying to lose weight, then I am sure you are focussing on what you are eating on a regular basis, measuring each gram of cereal, monotoring your carbohydrate intake, etc., which is great, however, how many of you are actually paying attention to what you are drinking?
Here are some facts about the different things we drink on a regular basis:
A 12oz can of soda has 39 grams of sugar and 140 calories or 9 3/4 teaspoons of sugar!
A 8 oz redbull has 27 grams of sugar and 108 calories or 6 3/4 teaspoons of sugar!
A 20 oz bottle of vitamin water has 33 grams of sugar and 133 calories or 8 teaspoons of sugar!
These are just three of the very popular drink items right now, its mind boggling to think that some people drink all three of these, in multiples, every single day. just 2 vitamin waters has 16 teaspoons of sugar in it. Beverages should be the easiest thing to cut from our diet. The excess sugar and calories is one of the main causes of adult onset diabetes.
To share a personal story, I had a client come to me about 5 years ago that was struggling with losing weight and was eating healthy, exercising (both weights and cardio), sleeping correcrtly, etc. Nothing was working for her when we started training together. Now I am no nutritionist, but a simple suggestion to cut the amount flavored coffees that she was taking in (8 a day) and boom 10 pounds in 2 months came right off.
Moral of the story... Be mindful of what you are ingesting in both solid AND liquid form!