You Are What You Drink
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If trimming down is a priority of yours (whether your wedding is a week away or a year away) we know you’re looking for ways to cut calories from your diet. Normally cutting out chili-cheese fries and pizza would be the first thing to be dropped from your diet, but what about those apple martinis you have at happy hour every Friday? Or even that diet ice tea you had with your salad at lunch? Surprise! These drinks are full of sugar and hidden calories that we like to call “ninja calories”.
Guzzle a 20-ounce bottle of soda and it will cost you 250 calories; that’s on top of your cheeseburger and fries! Order that Venti Caramel Macchiato and you’re staring at a staggering 340 calories and we haven’t even added that “healthy” bran muffin, yet. According to nutritionist and diet editor, Joy Bauer, the amount of calories in drinks are harsh… brace yourself!
Total calories in popular beverages:
Soda (20 oz bottle) = 250 calories
7/11 Big Gulp (32 oz) = 400 calories
Large movie theatre soda (44 oz) = 550 calories
7/11 Double Big Gulp (64 oz) = 800 calories
Tea and Coffee Drinks
Snapple Peach Iced Tea (16 oz bottle) = 200 calories
Arizona Lemon Iced Tea (20 oz bottle) = 225 calories
– Tall (12 oz) = 200 calories
– Grande (16 oz) = 260 calories
– Venti (24 oz) = 380 calories
Caramel Macchiato = Grande (16 oz) = 270 calories
Chai Iced Tea Latte = Grande (16 oz) 260 calories
Coffee Coolata (16 oz with 2% milk) = 190 calories
Jamba Juice: Banana Berry (classic smoothie):
– 16 oz = 280 calories
– 24 oz original = 450 calories
– 30 oz power = 600 calories
POM Pomegranate Juice (16 oz bottle) = 320 calories
Orange Juice (pint container, 16 oz) = 220 calories
Orange Juice (one cup) = 110 calories
Naked Juice-Orange Mango Motion (16 oz container) = 240 calories
Odwalla Citrus C Monster (16 oz container) = 300 calories
Country Time lemonade (12 oz can) = 130 calories
Minute Maid lemonade (20 oz bottle) = 260 calories
Flavored Waters and Sports Drinks
Vitamin Water (20 oz bottle) = 125 calories
Life Water (20 oz bottle) = 125 calories
Gatorade (20 oz bottle) = 125 calories
So what do you do now? Although, loaded beverages can be a delicious occasional splurge (bachelorette party!!) when it comes to managing your weight, remember to account for those calories and moderate your intake.
If you cut 500 liquid calories from your daily diet, you’ll save 3,500 calories a week. That’s potentially ONE pound lost per week and more than FIFTY pounds lost at the end of the year! That fabulous Vera number is looking more and more attainable now isn’t it?
So if “diet” beverages are still loaded with sugar, what’s the best thing to drink? Water! That’s right, water is the best possible thing for any bride wanting to trim down, tone up or clear up her skin before her wedding day. We’ve all seen the medical statistics about our bodies and water; up to 60% of the human body is water, the brain is composed of 70% water, and the lungs are nearly 90% water. About 83% of our blood is water, which helps digest our food, transport waste, and control body temperature.
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Why water is the official drink of Bride’s-to-Be!
Healthy Skin (Wedding day photos!)
Flush Toxins (No one wants to bloat in a lace bodice)
Reduce Your Risk of Heart Attack (For a long healthy life married to your best friend)
Cushion and Lube Your Joints And Muscles (Walking down the aisle takes work ladies!)
Get Energized and Be Alert (Honeymoon anyone?)
Helps you stay regular (Self explanatory)
Reduce Your Risk Of Disease And Infection (Long and healthy life again!)
Regulate Your Body Temperature (Sweaty brides are NOT cute!)
Burn More Fat and Build More Muscle (Sleeveless gowns and high splits need svelte arms and legs!)
Get Well (You should enjoy your day and your marriage for as long as you can!)