Those looking to lose weight are sometimes perplexed at their inability to shed off their excess pounds. The most common reason for this is that they simply cannot pinpoint the reason why their excess weight will not disappear. One of the most common reasons why people cannot shed excess weight is due to the fact their diet includes a steady stream of liquid calories. In other words, they are drinking calories as opposed to eating them and this is a constant source of excess, unnecessary calories.
Problems with Liquid Calories
Calories are calories whether you eat them or drink them. When you eat an apple you will be ingesting roughly 100 calories. When you drink apple juice you will also be ingesting 100 calories per glass. If you take in more calories than you burn, the excess will be stored as fat. That is true no matter what the original source of the calories was. However, the odds of packing on excess weight are much greater when you drink calories as opposed to when you eat them.
Why is this? Because when you eat calories you become full. When you drink calories, there is no solid food entering the stomach and that means you do not become full. As a result, there is nothing that curbs your desire to drink more calories. When these additional liquid calories are combined with solid food, the amount of calories that enters you system becomes so significant you cannot help but pack on excess weight and pounds. That is why it is best to avoid the habit of drinking calories when looking to lose weight. Remember, 6 glasses of liquid beverages that contain 100 calories each end up totaling 4200 calories per week. This is an enormous amount of calories that will pack on a great deal of weight over time.
Alternatives to Liquid Calories
It is best to avoid liquid calories altogether since they are generally not necessary for your diet. Probably the easiest way to avoid drinking calories would be to make water your primary beverage of choice. There are zero calories in water and it also comes with a host of other benefits. Specifically, when you drink a great deal of water, you flush out your liver and kidneys of impurities. This helps them function better and increases your overall health.
While diet sodas are certainly not the healthiest option on store shelves, they are a better alternative to the sugary drinks that flood store shelves. Regular soda is loaded with refined sugars and contain to nutritional value. Soda and processed fruit juices do next to nothing other than pack on excess weight. This is why they must always be avoided. They simply are not a food choice for those looking to lose weight.
In general, those that want to lose excess pounds need to take a “zero tolerance” policy towards liquid calories. They do little more than pack on excess weight through empty calories. Avoiding them is highly recommended.