Diet Drinks & Weight Gain

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Diet Coffee, Diet Tea for Diet Me!

Diet Coffee, Diet Tea for Diet Me!

Want to lose weight?  It may be as simple as adjusting your beverages. Wouldn't that be wild? No need to trim back any of your current solid foods in your day - simply the liquids that you're inserting?

Fact is, most liquids can be loaded with empty calories, meaning that they don't add much in the way of nutrition to your diet plan.  

Even many of what are considered as healthier beverage choices should be reconsidered by dieters. A prime example is a serving of orange juice. You can have 2 small oranges for about the same number of calories, and you'll probably fill much fuller than with the juice.

Another issue concerns the recommended serving size. To most consumers, liquid serving sizes equal 'a glass'. Fact is, almost all liquids have a '1 cup' recommended serving size. Therefore, how large is that container that you're using for beverages? It may be holding two, three or more cups - equalling two or more times the caloric values.

There are different types of liquids; broth-based can be a healthy choice but more often than not they are mined with sodium content, particularly commercially prepared broths and bouillons (cubes, granules). Even the lower-sodium varieties generally contain an excess. A solution to work around this is to prepare homemade broths from meat proteins such as chicken and beef, as well as from vegetables.

Roasted Vegetable Broth Recipe

Place the following vegetables onto a oven-proof pan and roast in the oven for at least one hour at 375 degrees, adding just enough liquid to cover the vegetables as they roast: carrots, celery stalks, sliced onions or leeks, garlic pods, and bell peppers of any variety.

The juices from the roasted veggies should be quite rich.

To prepare meat-based broths, use the bones and add onion, celery and carrots to the mix.

Sugary Liquids in the Daily Diet, Tips for Reducing Caloric Values

Soda pop containing sugar has about 150 calories per eight ounces (1 cup). These can add up swiftly. While sugar in itself isn't anywhere close to the damage that dietary fat can inflict upon the body, because it is significantly extreme in caloric values it can lead to weight gain which in turn can do bodily damage.

In today's world, we're seeing some action in limiting consumers on the amount of soda they can order at fast food establishments as well as in convenience stores - which stems from complete ignorance and idiocy in the area of nutrition. As stated, sugar is NOWHERE near being as harmful to the body's health as dietary fat. And we also feel these actions are an attack on freedom of choice.

Fact is, the carbonated water contained in soda is more apt to cause damage than the sugar as it eats away at tooth enamel. When the teeth are brushed immediately following consumption of sugar, the damage is almost nil to dental health. Where the carbonated water is involved - damage occurs as the individual consumes the beverage.

Sugar-substitutes arrive with their own set of concerns, including issues with immunity as well as the triggering of allergic reactions (including rash, hives). When I was hooked on sugar substitutes, I couldn't even get around my pets without breaking out in severe hives - at one time, potentially life threatening as diagnosed by my dermatologist. I weaned myself and was off of them for almost a year before I get near my pets without breaking out - and my immunity was boosted hugely.

If you're a soda lover and you don't like the sugar-free varieties because you're concerned about sugar substitutes or you just don't like the flavor of the substitutes, try to limit your fix to once per day.

Plain tea can be quite nice when iced and treated with a squeeze of fresh lemon. Adding a spoon or two of sugar won't blow your weight loss plan. Each teaspoon contains less than 20 calories.

The sugar-reduced juices which contain zero sugar-substitutes are delicious and we highly recommend them. TROP50 contains a tiny 50 calories per one cup serving and is absolutely delicious; in fact - all of their reduced-sugar varieties are delicious.

If you enjoy shakes or malts, try our Skinny Shake recipes; one of our basic recipes is blending frozen fruit of your choice with skim or reduced fat milk. Talk about delicious!

In Conclusion

We encourage you to experiment with lower calorie, nutritious beverages for your diet plan.  Add some flavoring here, some fruit there - and wow - you've invented something that might be almost as impressive as the wheel.

Diet Beverage & Lower Calorie Drink Recipes for Dieters

Fabulous Frappuccino

Sparkler Punch

Kangaroo Tea

Frank n Stein

Crocodile Dun Tea

Ten-Pence Cappuccino

Banana Dream Cream

Banana Creme Pie, Diet Style

Bubble Tea

Making Your Beverages Count

Diet Tea

Banana Fo Fanna

Reindeer De-Light Holiday Coffee


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