One common cause of weight gain is drinking too many excess calories.
In this post I want to highlight how sugary drinks are bad for your weight loss progress and how you can switch to better alternatives. Let’s get started.
Sugary drinks count towards your daily calorie limit
During your weight loss journey you will have a daily calorie limit, going over this will cause you to gain weight over time.
Consuming sugary drinks adds to this total. A 330ml can of Coke will add 139 calories to your daily total but the sugar free version will add only 1 calorie.
This small change ensures you can still have the drink you want and keep on track with your weight loss goals.
While losing weight you should avoid drinking your calories
Any drink such as sugary drinks, alcohol or smoothies will contain a high amount of calories for a drink which you should avoid.
Not everyone counts the liquid calories they consume and I would argue it borders on secret eating.
We don’t think drinks can have an impact because they are liquid but this is false. High sugary drinks can easily add up and derail your progress.
Another issue is that it will spike your blood sugar and when it crashes you will want another sugary drink which causes most people to go into this spiral of over consuming sugary drinks.
Alternatives to popular sugary drinks
The best alternatives to sugary drinks would be the sugar free versions e.g. Coke Zero, Pepsi Max, Fanta Zero etc.
These drinks use artificial sweeteners to produce the same taste but with no sugar. It is also worth mentioning here that you should aim to increase your water intake per day as well.
It is not recommended to drink soft drinks all day and this can have a negative effect on the health of your teeth.
Sugary drinks are sneaky as it can be difficult to see how they could be negatively affecting your weight loss progress.
If you currently drink sugary drinks I highly recommend you track the additional calories and switch to a sugar-free alternative. Remember that just because it’s a drink does not mean it cannot contribute to your daily calorie limit.