One of the fastest and least recognized ways you’ll get extra calories
in the summer is by what you drink. Many drinks are loaded with calories
in the form of simple carbohydrates and sugars. I can’t tell you
how many times I’ve heard people in my weight loss clinic tell me
“What I drink is very healthy, I only drink fruit juice.”
Well, a glass of lemonade has 99 calories and most commercial fruit juices
have about 80 calories per 8 ounces, which is roughly the same amount
of calories as a regular cola (90 calories/8ounces). And commercially
sweetened iced tea has 80 calories per glass. So, drinking many of the
commercially available drinks you find in the store is the same as drinking
soda pop, or simply drinking flavored sugar water.
Remember, the reason your body is craving something refreshing to drink
is not because it’s looking for sugar, and drinks packed with sugar
will often leave you still feeling thirsty anyway. If you prefer to drink
straight water, then you’re covered. But for those of you that don’t
tend to drink straight water, there are plenty of great alternatives.
Buy sugar free iced tea, or simply make your own tea, add ice and only
add a little sugar to make it tasty. When it comes to lemonade and other
summer drinks a good idea is to add in 1/3 of the sugar called for in
the recipe, taste it, and then sweeten it only if you think it needs a
bit more — what you’ll find is that it tastes just as good,
and is more refreshing, when there is less sugar. If you really must buy
fruit juice in the store, try diluting it 1:1 with water, this will double
the amount of water you’re getting for the same amount of calories,
and you’ll find that the dilute juice tastes great and is more refreshing.
When it comes to drinking to stay feeling refreshed in the summer, remember
that it’s thirst that you’re satisfying, not a search for sugar.
Written by Dr. Brian Quebbemann