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October 3, 2012
Liquid-Calorie Reality

Did you know that one latté consumed Monday through Friday every week could lead to a weight gain of 14 pounds in a year? I know that's surprising, but it's the liquid-calorie reality.


If you drink soda, lattés or juice, keep in mind those liquid calories don't make you feel full and won't help decrease the number of calories you'll eat at your next meal. It doesn't even matter if you have those calories a few minutes before you eat. They're simply adding to the total number of calories you consume in a day.


How important is this to weight gain? Well, more than 20 percent of the calories you consume are from liquids. Take a look at the labels and see how many calories your drinks contain. How many calories are you consuming on top of what you eat?


There is one exception to this rule. Drinks that contain a minimum of 20 grams of protein do help decrease your appetite. My team and I created a high-protein, ready-to-drink shake that we have our clients use for breakfast, snacks or sometimes meals when they are unable get the proper food. We found that the shake provides the satiety that's needed. Next time you consume a beverage, ask yourself this: What high-protein liquid calories are you drinking to help give you a fighting chance at portion control for your next meal?

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