Weight Loss Tips

Is Your Fave Drink Making You Gain 1 Pound Every Week? [Updated]

It happens all the time: People drink their calories and can’t lose weight (or even gain weight!), and don’t even realize how it happened.

How? Well, unlike food calories, liquid calories or “beverage calories” often slip under our radar. The calories that you drink don’t fill you up any more than if you had just drunk a crisp, refreshing glass of zero-calorie water.

And deceptive labeling practices don’t help us out. 2 servings per can? 2.5 servings per bottle? Yeah right! I mean who only drinks half the can of soda? We’re finishing the whole thing!

If you’ve been baffled about why you’re not reaching your weight loss goals, high-cal drinks could be sabotaging your efforts.

As a personal trainer and nutritionist, I always have my clients reduce their calorie intake from sugary drinks. It’s a simple thing to fix and they usually see results just from that change alone!

Now if you’re worried because you love your soda, don’t worry. I’ve got the solution for you. Read on to find out!

What It Means to Drink Your Calories

Girl drinking sugary shake

If you knew just how many calories were in some of your favorite drinks, you’d be shocked! Most of the time we’re just looking to quench our thirst and cure our cravings and we never give a second thought to the calorie bomb we’re about to slurp down.

Take the quiz below to test your knowledge of sugary drinks (the results might surprise you!). Then keep reading to see what you can do about it.

  • 20 oz bottle Coca-Cola = 240 calories
  • 16 oz can Monster Energy Drink = 191 calories
  • 16 oz cup Caramel Macchiato = 250 calories
  • 11.5 oz can Minute-Maid Cran-Apple Juice = 220 calories

That’s right: Just two of these seemingly harmless daily beverages adds up to roughly 500 calories!

That’s 3,500 calories consumed a week, or ONE WHOLE POUND gained every single week from drinks alone.

And if you fall victim to mega servings (I’m looking at you Big Gulp!) things get even worse.

Just take it from Natasha. At the beginning of 2013, when she decided to lose weight, she started doing the math on her Dr. Pepper calorie consumption and it was in the thousands… A DAY.

“People don’t realize how many calories are in a 44 ounce cup,” Natasha says. “When I found out I was drinking over 3,000 calories in soda every day I was disgusted.” But don’t worry there’s a happy ending for Natasha.

Natasha lost 80 pounds through 2014  (woo hoo!) and a big part of that was cutting soda, first replacing it with water, and then IdealBoost weight loss drink. She’s even maintained her weight loss thanks to her new healthy lifestyle, and IdealBoost. (To Learn more about IdealBoost, Click here.)

Natasha Meine Before and After Pics

“Diet Drinks” Might Not Be Any Better

If you think you’re in the clear because you drink “diet” or zero calorie drinks, not so fast! Diet sodas and energy drinks may be low-calorie, but that doesn’t mean that the coast is clear as far as weight loss is concerned.

Research has uncovered a disturbing trend: These beverages actually tend to INCREASE caloric intake overall. Eek! Not exactly what we were going for.

A 2010 study published in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine found that consumption of diet drinks such as Diet Coke and Pepsi One was likely to cause weight gain.

Due to the calorie reduction in the drinks, people apparently subconsciously overcompensate on food calories throughout the day, to “make up for” the calories not contained in the diet soda.

How to Stop Drinking Your Calories

kami drinking a shake- drinking calories

A low-calorie drink that also prevents high-calorie cravings would hit the sweet spot, right?

We thought so too, and that’s why we created IdealBoost.

Our unique weight loss drink is a healthy alternative to diet sodas and energy drinks. It contains a blend of green tea, green coffee bean extract, raspberry ketone, B vitamins, and our unique hunger-blocking formula that lasts 3 full hours.

The hunger-blocker helps you feel full and satisfied so you won’t end up eating extra calories like you might with other diet drinks.

Every refreshing glass of IdealBoost — which comes in a variety of yummy flavors like my fave Tropical Punch — is packed with energy, nutrients, and 3 hours of diet-saving craving control.

Each IdealBoost pack is only 5 tiny calories. It’s also sugar-free and completely delicious. Any time you need a boost, simply add an IdealBoost pack to 16oz of water.

I love keeping IdealBoost in my purse. Anytime I feel cravings creeping up or need a mid-morning energy bump, I just whip up a water bottle of IdealBoost and I’m good to go.

Just think: By cutting out your liquid calorie bombs, you could drop a pound a week… effortlessly! And to make the transition easier, replace your fave drink with a delicious and energizing IdealBoost.

Click here to learn more about IdealBoost!

Kami Price

Kami Price

Head Trainer & Nutritionist

Kami Price is the Head Trainer for IdealShape. She is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, a Pn.1 Certified Nutrition Coach, and Certified Yoga Instructor. Kami has been in the fitness world for over 10 years and prior to joining IdealShape owned one of the biggest private gyms in Utah.

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