Saturday, January 17, 2009

Healthy Habits - Ditch the Liquid Calories

This month I plan to write a series of posts on simple steps to achieve a healthier fitter you.

Today’s healthy habit is to drop all liquid calories in your diet. This is an easy step but makes a HUGE difference in terms of weight management and body composition. Here’s a comprehensive list of what to drop:

  • All soft drinks (coke, pepsi, sprite, mountain dew, etc)
  • Milk (all sorts)
  • Fruit juices (sweetened, unsweetened, whatever)
  • Tea/Coffee (without sugar is still ok)
  • Energy/Sports drinks (Gatorade, Propel, Red bull, etc.)

no cokeThe amount of calories we get from these is remarkably high. On top of that most of these drinks contain a bunch of sugar (In my later posts I’ll explain why sugar is the major player in fat gain).

Sugary drinks are a major reason behind increasing rates of diabetes, they are also the reason we hear about d iseases like Fatty Liver disease or the metabolic syndrome. Even if you have a healthy body fat ratio, these drinks are still playing havoc with your internal systems.water

When you think about it you are not really sacrificing much. These drinks don’t even really fill you up. However, the benefits of not consuming these and sticking to plain old water are tremendous.

Try this out for a couple of weeks and be amazed at the progress in your fat loss goals.

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