You gain more weight by what you drink than by what you eat.
Or according to researchers at John Hopkins ” Researchers found that liquid calorie intake had a stronger impact on weight than solid calorie intake. “
And “only a reduction in liquid calorie intake was shown to significantly affect weight loss during the 6-month follow up,” said Benjamin Caballero MD, PhD,”
Plus the researchers noted that ” Consumption of liquid calories from beverages has increased in parallel with the obesity epidemic. .. 75 percent of U.S. adults could be overweight or obese by 2015 and (researchers) have linked the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages to the obesity epidemic”
So let’s put this in context. As America supersized its drinks, it also supersized its bodies. As Americans added more sugar to their drinks, they added more sugar to their bodies.
In short, when we drink an average soda which contains 11 teaspoons of sugar and 150 calories we might get fat . When we drink a 20 ounce soda which contains a mere 18 teaspoons of sugar and 250 calories we might get fat.
Hard to believe! And how about those Super Size drinks that we buy at Circle K and other health food emporiums. You know those drinks that are so big, you need to put wheels on them , just to get them to the car. Those drinks which are so big, they should come with their own miniature diving boards, those drinks you could lose a small child in., those drinks which could qualify as one of Great Lakes?
Come on – how bad can they be for us? Well, let’s get this over quickly so you will feel no pain. Here is the depressing news:
• One 32oz. “BIG GULP” size cup (no ice) = 29 teaspoons of sugar and & 400 calories
• One 44oz. size cup =40 teaspoons of sugar & 550 calories
• One 64oz. “DOUBLE BIG GULP” size cup = 59 teaspoons sugar & 800 calories
You might want to stay clear of Starbucks and other fancy coffee places. Check out the calories some of their drinks contain:
• White Hot Chocolate – whip = 520 calories
• Vanilla Bean Frappuccino® Blended Crème – whip = 470 calories
• Tazo® Green Tea Frappuccino® Blended Crème – whip = 490 calories
• Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha – whip = 570 calories
• Mint Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino® blended creme with Chocolate Whipped Cream – whip = 530 calories
• Iced White Chocolate Mocha – whip = 470 calories
Let’s put those Starbucks numbers in perspective. There are only 540 calories in a Big Mac. So drinking some Starbucks drinks is like drinking a liquid Big Mac. Hmm, tasty.
But there is good news in the research. Sure you can gain more weight from drinks than food. But only if your drinks are packed with sugar. The study noted “consumption of diet drinks and alcoholic beverages were inversely associated with weight loss, but were not statistically significant”
In plain English, diet drinks don’t make you gain weight. Drinks with lots and lots of sugar do.
And did you notice that alcoholic beverages don’t make you gain weight either.
A shot of Bourbon and water only contains 69 calories. But mix it with Coke and it contains almost 300 calories. Hmm, there is a lesson in there somewhere.
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (2009, April 2). Beverage Consumption A Bigger Factor In Weight, Study Shows. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 21, 2011, from http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2009/04/090402104732.htm