Tuesday, February 28, 2017


I think its safe to say we all go through attempts to cut calories, especially when trying to loose weight.  What if you could drop significant calories but just drinking differently?  Easy right?  Each day we eat and drink "empty calories", these are calories that have no nutritional benefit to our bodies.(LIKE SUGAR & FAT)  We all know soda pop falls into this category, but also flavored drinks and fruit juices can add unneeded sugar and sodium to our diets.  Best way to cut these "liquid calories"????
#1 - DRINK WATER!!!  This seems like such an easy fix, but its really that easy.  Our bodies need water to function.  Our bodies are 80% water. When we are hydrated we have more energy and think more clearly. Clark Bartrum a fitness specailist said " Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page."
Water is a BIG deal!  It also helps remove toxins and waste from our bodies. I like to think of our bodies like a water slide with dirt and grime on the slide walls. 
Image result for water slide A few spirts of water wont wash that grime off and expel it, but a steady flow of water will clear that grime right off.  Like a water slide our bodies need consistent water each day to keep that grime from building up and get those toxins flushed out!  It used to be a rule to drink 8-8oz glasses of water a day, but since no two bodies are alike the new recommendation is to drink half our bodies weight in ounces each day.  For example:
If you weigh 150 lbs. you should drink 75 oz of water each day (minimum).


#2 -  LABELS  First way to cut unhealthy drinks is to learn how to identify them.  LEARN TO READ THE LABEL. Did you know that there are other names for "sugar". Here are a few "sugar like" ingredients you might see on a food label.  These ingredients act like sugar in our bodies, and our bodies treat them as "empty calories". (aka no nutrient benefits... likely, fat storage)
Image result for food labels for soda
  • Agave
  • Cane Sugar
  • Corn-sweetener
  • Corn-syrup
  • Evaporated Can Juice
  • Fruit Juice
  • Concentrates
  • High-Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Fructose
  • Honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Molasses
  • Sucrose

Pay attention to the "Liquid Calories" you consume each day.  Even try keeping track for a day.  How many of these calories do you consume? Trying cutting them out.  Replacing your daily beverages with water will not only cut calories but make your body feel healthier, cleaner and more hydrated!!


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