Do Not Drink Your Calories

Losing weight means eating less calories than you body burns over a period of time. The greater the difference between what you take in and the amount you burn the quicker you will lose weight. Do not drink calories. Calories in liquids tend to have minimal nutrient value and high in sugar/calories. Obviously, cutting back and eliminating soda is critical. Soda is loaded with sugar and high in calories with no nutritional benefit. Moreover, It also best to avoid juices. Juice is concentrated sugar. Juice removes a lot of beneficial nutrients such as fiber and leaves the sugar (with some vitamins). It is easy to drink a lot of calories in juice (Watch that serving size!). It is much better to eat the whole fruit. Eat the whole orange or apple instead of drinking the juice. The same goes for vegetable juice. It is much healthier to eat the vegetables instead of the juice. Tea and coffee are better options, but be careful not to add too many calories to your coffee or tea. Many coffee shop/ bottled coffee drinks and tea drinks are loaded with sugar and also calories. Check the label. Look for unsweetened versions. Looking for a drink while eating out? Unsweetened tea is an excellent option – both hot and iced. It has no calories and also has polyphenols. Polyphenols in tea have been known to: help protect cells from the normal, but damaging, physiological process known as oxidative stress, help prevent blood clotting, help lower cholesterol levels, help neutralize enzymes that aid in the growth of tumors, help deactivate cancer promoters and help stimulate the immune system. All with no calories! The more you drink, the more you will benefit. And finally, do not forget the best drink of all – water.

 

Author: drjeffgreenberg

Dr Greenberg is a clinical cardiologist who specializes in preventive cardiology, nutrition, exercise, and longevity. He favors using natural methods to improving one's health.

4 thoughts on “Do Not Drink Your Calories”

  1. do you have an opinion on “5 hour energy” drink? it seems to have little sugar and only some caffein but lots of b vitamins. is it unhealthy?

    1. Most energy drinks contain caffeine, B vitamins, taurine, as well as flavorings and artificial sweeteners. The drinks tend to have about as much caffeine as regular energy drinks – and it’s caffeine that provides most of the kick. Too much caffeine can cause nervousness, trouble sleeping, nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeats, and high blood pressure. Caffeine and other stimulants in energy shots are of special concern for those who play sports. The goal of exercise is to get your heart rate up and sustain your blood pressure. You don’t want to start already revved up. This could trigger a heart attack, a stroke, or an episode of really high blood pressure. Instead of reaching for an energy shot here are some natural remedies: get more sleep, reduce stress, exercise regularly, take a quick exercise break, eat several small meals throughout the day rather than three large ones, avoid sugar and fat, and don’t skip meals, especially breakfast.

  2. This is my first look at this web sight and I am extremely impressed with the information contained. Thanks Dr. Greenberg.

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