Sometimes simple changes to your diet can make a big difference.
Dieting to lose weight is difficult and doesn’t have a particularly high success rate. I have a new option for you, that you may not have considered until now. It is far easier to stop purchasing unhealthy drinks than to radically change your entire food routine. By substituting the drinks I have listed below for healthier options, like tea or water, you can lose a few kilos (and with minimal effort).
Here are a range of drinks that you may have on a daily basis.
OAK CHOCOLATE (600ml)
539 calories, approximately 14.13 cubes of sugar.
Oh man, I personally love Oak. This one was a particularly tough one to come to terms with. It is also worth noting that on the nutrition information panel, an Oak Milk is actually two servings. So while you may glance at the back and think ‘270 calories is no big deal!’, you’re actually consuming 539 calories, unless you only plan on drinking half… or sharing. Ha!
SPRING VALLEY APPLE JUICE (375ml)
188 calories, approximately 10.24 cubes of sugar
This one could have made me cry. Well not really… but thinking back on all the times I passed up a soft drink because I felt like I was making the healthier choice in choosing an APPLE JUICE over a coke is a bit of a slap in the face, considering drinking one of these is actually worse than drinking a can of coke. Worse. Plus I just love apple juice.
COCA COLA (375ml)
161 calories, approximately 8.8 cubes of sugar
Again, how can this be better for you than Spring Valley Apple Juice?! If you don’t want to cut out unhealthy drinks, just making the swap from apple juice to coke would be a 27 calorie improvement in itself. Anyway. Consuming a can of coke is still bad for you, particularly if you do it regularly. This is definitely a ‘sometimes’ drink. And as it turns out, so is apple juice. God damn. Well you see my point. If you really cannot stop drinking Coke altogether, swap to Diet Coke- no sugar and only 2 calories.
V GUARANA ENERGY DRINK (250ml)
117 calories, approximately 5.8 cubes of sugar
Personally I don’t drink these, but if you do, that’s almost six sugar cubes in one hit.
LIPTON PEACH ICE TEA (500ml)
111 calories, approximately 5.8 cubes of sugar
Again, almost six cubes of sugar. This one has an easy substitute- real tea! With an actual tea bag! If you really need to, just add one sugar. It’s still a major improvement on the 6 or so cubes you’ll find in this one drink.
The amount of sugar in these drinks suggests that you are essentially having a dessert with every meal. If you have these drinks regularly, cutting these calories out of your daily life will substantially reduce the amount of calories you consume in a day, a week, and so on, which can have a fairly large impact overall on the amount of energy you need to be burning in order to lose weight (or at the very least maintain your current weight).
A simple fix would be to substitute the above drinks for water or a cup of tea. If you were drinking two of the above drinks a day, this can remove at least 200 or so calories from your daily intake. Hoorah!
Thanks for reading! I hope I have provided some insight that may assist you in making decisions with regard to these drinks from here on in. Also, my sincere apologies to those of you who liked apple juice.