Are you drinking yourself fat?

26 Feb Are you drinking yourself fat?

When we’re trying to lose weight, we’re diligent about tallying up the number of calories and the amount of fat in the food we eat, but many of us forget to add on our intake from the drinks we have.

Unless we drink just plain water, some of our calories will come from drinks. Even a few cups of tea with milk per day can rack up hundreds of calories over a month, but speciality coffees with syrups, cream and toppings can be even more calorific than the food we eat, especially if they feature regularly in our diet.

Experts warn it’s not just the obvious drinks that are scuppering our weight-loss hopes. Most of us know fizzy drinks like cola and soda are high in sugar, but the drinks we thought were healthy, such as fruit juices and smoothies, can be sugar-laden too, and they’re getting the thumbs down – or at least a warning – from nutritionists. Food psychologist Marisa Peer, author of You Can Be Thin (Sphere), says all those milky coffees and so-called health drinks can notch up an extra 2,000 calories a day, without us even being aware of them.

“We get a lot of calories from our drinks,” says Marisa, “and they’re usually the wrong calories. Even low-cal drinks are so full of nasty chemicals they put our bones, teeth and future health at risk.

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