Have you heard of "liquid diets?" We'll, they're not always good for you. In fact, when you drink a beverage, you can actually take in a lot of calories without even knowing it. For example, a 20-ounce bottle of regular soda contains 240 calories! My nutritionist, Keri Gans, says not paying attention to the labels on the back of sodas and sugary drinks can really bust your healthy eating plan.
My healthy go-to beverages are sparkling water, unsweetened iced tea, and of course plain water. I keep a glass of H2O by my bed at night, drink it in the morning, and take sips of water every 15 minutes while I¹m working out. I refill the 1-liter bottle at my desk at least twice a day, so I always have water in front of me.
Not only is water refreshing, but Keri says that dehydration is often mistaken for hunger. So before you grab a snack because you think you¹re hungry, drink a glass of water first. Sometimes that¹s all your body needs.
As for alcoholic beverages, I stick to vodka and club soda with limes, avoiding sugary syrups or fruit juices which are often calorie-laden. A glass of wine or light beer is also OK in moderation.
For those times when I¹m craving a soft drink, I grab a diet soda. Small changes in your beverage choices can mean big changes to your waistline.
Our 2012 Weight Loss Diary writer, Yasmin, is a 32-year-old web content producer who is looking to get healthy and love her body! Follow along on her year-long weight loss journey!