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How liquid calories are ruining your diet

How liquid calories are ruining your diet

That delicious pumpkin latte can top 400 calories, while fruit juice often has empty sugars.

Now that it’s starting to feel like fall, I can’t wait to get my hands on a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. But a grande made with whole milk and topped with whipped cream has a whopping 410 calories—crazy, right?

Even if you go “skinny” (made with non-fat milk), your Pumpkin Spice Latte is still 260 calories. That’s not a ton of calories, but ordering one just a few times a week when I need an afternoon pick-me-up adds more than 1,000 calories into my week—and that’s just from coffee! When you factor in a morning glass of juice and a couple of happy hour cocktails, those weekly drink calories sure add up!

But no way am I cutting out my caffeine fix. Instead, I’ve implemented some rules so I don’t overload my diet with beverage calories. Here’s how I think before I drink.

I drink in the morning

I drink most of my caloric beverages, like iced coffee and juice, early in the day when I’m most active and more likely to burn off the calories throughout the rest of the day.

I stick to 100% fruit juice

Some juices are packed with sugar, so I make sure to read labels and select ones that are 100% fruit juice to cut out empty calories from extra sugar. Plus, 100% juices are rich in disease-fighting antioxidants.

I savor each sip

I just can’t say no to whipped cream on top of my Pumpkin Spice Latte so I make sure to enjoy ever single sip of this diet splurge. But I also take steps to whittle down its calorie count. I order mine made with soymilk, which retains the creaminess of the drink without all of the fat of whole milk. I also order my fancy latte all by itself; if I had it along with a meal or a snack I wouldn’t realize how many calories it has in it.

I pace myself

When it comes to a glass of wine or a beer, I try to drink a glass of water between rounds. This way I consume fewer calories without missing out on any of the fun. Plus, I stay hydrated at the same time.

I add some zing to plain water

I drink a lot of water throughout the day, but it can get really boring. To spice up my H2O, I experiment with adding fresh ingredients, such as cucumber and orange slices, or even fresh herbs, like basil and mint.

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Common fitness myths to ignore

Common fitness myths to ignore

Thinking that all calories are created equal could be holding you back from your health goals. To be fit, you must stop letting myths like these you remember.

1. Walking is not as effective as the race.

Of course, you burn about twice as many calories as running for 30 minutes walking 30 minutes. But if a runner and a walker to cover the same distance, they burn about the same number of calories. So if you’re willing to take the “slow road, you’ll probably lose much weight. In fact, studies have shown that the duration of your exercise is more important than the effort you exert.

2. Exercise increases hunger.

It is a common misconception: If you burn hundreds of calories during a workout, you’ll end up eating more. But research shows that exercise has no effect on food a person needs, with the exception of endurance athletes who exercise for two hours or more per day. In fact, research shows that exercise often stifles hunger during and after training.

3. It does not matter where your calories come from.

Calories are not created equal. Firstly, certain foods (especially proteins) take more energy to chew, digest, metabolize and store than others. Others (such as fats and carbohydrates) require fewer calories to digest and store. Second, different types of foods have different effects on your blood sugar. Refined carbohydrates (think white bread or cookies and fruit drinks) to increase levels of blood sugar dramatically, which promotes fat storage, weight gain, and hunger. fibrous foods such as apples, as well as proteins, raise blood sugar less, making it more friendly to your waistline. Finally, foods that contain lots of water, like vegetables and soup, tend to fill their bellies with fewer calories, so you’ll stop eating their way before you stop eating foods that are calorie dense.

4. Diet alone is sufficient for sustained weight loss.

You will lose weight in the short term by reducing considerably the calories, but experts say exercise is what keeps the books for good. Exercise burns calories, of course. It also builds muscle, which takes up less space than fat. Muscle tissue also requires more calories to support that fat tissue does. In other words, the more muscle tissue you have, the more calories you burn at rest. In fact, some studies suggest that in the long run, if you had the choice always eating less or exercising more than ever, the exercise would be best for weight loss.

5. There is no better time for exercise.

If you’re simply walking to regain their health or take off some weight, it does not matter when you do it as long as you do. But if you’re an athlete looking for a quality coaching, choose the afternoon when body temperature is highest. The muscles are warm reaction time is fast, and the force is at its peak. If you push harder, so you burn more calories.

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Common myths about weight loss, diet, and nutrition

Common myths about weight loss, diet, and nutrition

When is a lie to an accepted truth? If the lie repeated often enough. It is the oldest and favorite trick of politicians and others who have to win. The diet industry is riddled with myths.

The grapefruit is melt fat

No food has that power. Otherwise, everyone would eat grapefruit. Grapefruit diets simply restrict calories drastically. The weight loss has nothing to do with the citrus itself. And the return to old habits that announces lost pounds.

Carbohydrates are bad for you

First, it was fat, carbohydrates are now the villain. If you try to lose weight, provide a distinction between unhealthy carbohydrates like white sugar and complex carbohydrates like vegetables and whole grain products, the essential vitamins and fiber to help digestion.

Drink plenty of water helps to lose weight

The water creates an effect of satiety and leverages the work of fiber. By itself, the water does not lose weight. But drink at meals to slow the speed at which we eat. Stretching the duration of the meal, it leaves time for signals of satiety to occur. “In addition, water contains no calories, unlike other beverages.

Eating before bedtime is fattening

The timing of eating does not affect energy intake of foods. But in the evening, we often eat food containing less interesting from a nutritional point of view: chips, cookies, chocolate, ice cream … That is where does the extra calories.

The bread is fattening

Well chosen, it appears rather a valuable ally to lose weight. Those whole grains rich in fiber, resulting in long digestion. Sated quickly, so you eat less. An apple contains almost as many calories as a slice of whole wheat bread,. They say as long as it makes you fat? What it slice, however: butter, cheese, pies … Ouch!

The fat is bad for you

Nutrition consultants sent that one to people for years. Now they know better. The truth is that some fats are unhealthy, and some are good – even necessary – for your health.

Light foods helps you lose weight

Admittedly, the products ‘low fat’ are generally reduced in calories, but they sometimes contain more sugar than the original, which partially fills the difference. And we are often motivated to eat too much, just because they are light.

The carob is less calories than chocolate

In itself, it’s true: it contains less protein and fat than cocoa. But beware: The carob products often contain palm oil or coconut oil, rich in saturated fat. In contrast, carob powder is rich in calcium and fiber, contains no caffeine and has a natural taste sweeter than cocoa powder, which can reduce the sugar in recipes.

Eat less and exercise more, it’s the same

Error! Regular exercise accelerates the basic metabolism. So they burn more calories than a sedentary person. The best way to lose weight is to combine a healthy diet with physical activity. Persons who are physically active are also easier to maintain weight loss in long term.

Diet soft drinks help weight loss

There is no single study shows that diet sodas help you lose weight. There is absolutely no data on this subject at all.

Losing weight is simple: a short strict diet, than return to normal

A strict regime puts the body into” survival “, depriving it of essential elements for its proper functioning. It then intensified its function is to store energy from food, which may cause further weight gain after the return to a normal diet.

To lose weight, avoid certain food combinations

This statement is not based on any scientific data. If your digestive enzymes were losing their effectiveness because of the combinations, undigested foods provide less energy than expected, no more. Moreover, the enzymes form an outstanding team, and the mixtures does not scare them.

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