- Do you know how much calories you get from your favorite drinks?
- If you’re serious about losing weight, then drink water, unflavored seltzer, or unsweetened tea and coffee.
- Dietitians advise staying away from sugary drinks if you’re trying to slim down, and generally, for your well-being.
Sugary beverages are loaded with extra calories that can derail your weight-loss progress. They can even lead to weight gain and illnesses.
Dietitians Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD and Jillian Kubala, MS, RD reveal the worst drinks for weight loss.
“No surprises here; soda is loaded with unnecessary sugar and calories, and it doesn’t even fill you up,” Natalie Rizzo, a New York City-based dietitian said.
“If you’re having a hard time dropping the soda habit, try a flavored seltzer, like LaCroix,” she suggests.
Unfortunately, diet soda is not good for your diet as it is packed with artificial sweeteners that can increase feelings of hunger.
“With that, drinking diet soda may actually cause you to overeat calories and hinder your weight loss,” Natalie said.
Fruity summertime cocktails, including daiquiris, piña coladas, mojitos, and sangria, have a common denominator—sugar. Some of them can have as much sugar and calories as a soda, according to Natalie.
She recommends to “Skip the fruity drinks and opt for a glass of wine or your favorite spirit on the rocks with a twist.”
Sugary Coffee Drinks
“Things like vanilla lattes or caramel macchiatos are the furthest thing from coffee,” Natalie warned.
She explained that the flavor in these “coffee drinks” is more sugar and calories than some desserts. If you’re trying to lose weight, opt for a regular coffee with some milk the next time you go to Starbucks.
Sweetened Iced Tea
Sugary tea contains almost 100 calories and more than 20 grams of sugar. Choose the unsweetened version and “add a packet of your own sugar or preferred sweetener and a squeeze of lemon.”
“For athletes who are exercising for long periods of time, replenishing electrolytes, rehydrating, and consuming a carbohydrate source is necessary,” dietitian Jillian Kubala told POPSUGAR
“However, for the average gym-goer who is only exercising for an hour or so, plain old water is the best way to hydrate.”
Most people are not aware that sports drinks often contain high amounts of added sugar. It’s bad for your health and can contribute to weight gain and over time.
“Premade fruit smoothies sold at grocery and convenience stores are usually loaded with sugar. Drinking one or two of these smoothies per day could sabotage your weight-loss efforts,” Jillian said.
She recommends making your own smoothie at home by mixing one cup of fruit with greens and a protein source like protein powder. You can add unsweetened almond milk for a nutritious and delicious alternative to store-bought smoothies.