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Weight Loss: Liquid calories add up


Most people cut calories in an effort to lose weight.

But nutritionists remind dieters to focus on calories beyond the plate and to watch what you’re drinking.

People struggling to lose weight may want to shift their focus from their dinner plate to the drinks they consume each day, says Amanda Fox, a certified nurse practitioner with Dulan & Moore Family Wellness Center.

According to the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, regular consumption of sugar calories in liquid form is said to be responsible for body weight gain.

Research points to a direct correlation between the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, such as sodas, juices and specialty coffee drinks – and the rise of obesity in America.


  •  Liquid calories may seem invisible until their impact shows up on a scale. Here’s a look at how many calories typical drinks deliver.
  • A 12-ounce can of Coke provides 140 calories
  • That PowerAde sports drink used to refuel after working out adds 130 calories
  • Alcoholic beverages such as a can of beer or glass of wine can add an average of 123 to 154 calories
  • That favorite Frappuccino or mocha coffee drink can be close to 600 calories.


  • Evaluate your diet: Step back and look at what you are consuming each day both in liquid and solid form. Keep a food diary that shows the source of your daily calories. Also take careful note as to whether drinks are caffeinated. Some caffeinated drinks can add extra sugar to a diet and also cause dehydration.
  • Rediscover water: Water is the best choice for liquid consumption because it has zero calories and provides the hydration our bodies need. It is recommended that men drink three liters and women drink a little more than two liters of water each day. This amount can vary depending on a person’s overall health and activity level so check with your doctor, Dr. Johnson says.
  • Wean off calories – Do not go cold turkey when cutting liquid calories from your diet. This could cause a shock to your system, especially if some of these drinks are caffeinated, Dr. Johnson says. Instead, make it a gradual change by substituting one drink a day with a glass of water until you have dropped down to the desired amount.

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