In 1992 I decided that I would never drink another calorie after breakfast (coffee-almost black and OJ - 8 oz). I want to chew and crunch my calories. Since I don't want artificial sweeteners either, it's water for the rest of the day. I don't mind at all.
I credit that decision with my not having double the weight to lose when I finally decided to get serious.
I can't drink large quantities of straight water because it upsets my stomach. However, I can add a lot of things to it. Lately, I've opted for the lazy 5 cal packets per small bottle (16-20 oz). I usually care a liter of flavored no-cal sparkling water in the car. Drunk hot, it has a little zing.
I like to eat my calories. If I drink something besides water, it's probably going to be zero calories. I do have an afternoon coffee with cream every once in a while but it's not a daily thing.
I am lucky, though. I live where the tap water is delicious.
5/21/2013 4:37:42 AM
I have a terrible problem with coffee - it's my biggest hurdle and taking it slowly. I've cut out instant coffee and had smaller cups of real coffee with saccharin instead of sugar. It was ok but I felt deprived all the time plus putting more milk in each cup wasn't helping.
I've now bought a cappuccino maker and have 2 mugs a day with half a brown sugar cube in each, which I deduct out of my daily calorie allowance. The allowance I measure out the night before and to the milligram, and once it's gone then it's gone and there is no more that day.
I know it's still not an ideal situation but I'm tackling it cup at a time :-)
I remember when I first ordered at Starbucks. I ordered coffee with cream, no sugar. hahahahaha The young girl looked at me blankly and waived her hand toward the menu, which didn't seem to have coffee on it at all. Hm. This is what I call (I taught on the medical school then) a learning experience.
Later, I came to love the Vente Chai Tea Latte. See how easy that was? Like driving a new car, they teach you the software first. Anyway, one day, I computed how much this cost me. Rats. There has to be a less expensive way. So I asked the youngest kid there. He told me how they made it and where to get the components at the grocery. Free at last! But it wasn't long before I started calculating the calories and carbs.
Back to coffee with low whatever creamer. That wasn't so hard.
I have to have 1 or 2 cups of espresso every morning to even feel half alive. I have them with a squirt of whipped cream from the aerosol cans; I enter those into my food logs each time I have them because they too, count for me! The good news is that they sweeten the strong coffee so much I need no sugar or other sweetener.
I'm just glad that in the cafes that I visit (just once a week) here in the UK these huge "portions" of coffee are not available yet. We have small and medium size with the occasional large and I find a small or medium size is quite enough. Usually I find the small sufficient. I would like to think that I would not be tempted by anything larger but it is also the number of cups one drinks in a day as well as the size of each cup.
How many calories do I get from what I drink? Usually 0... as I essentially only drink water. I have always looked at this question from the opposite perspective... I cannot blame ANYTHING of my weight gain on liquid intake... only things I actually chewed on :( Makes it (for me anyway) harder to change habits than to substitute one liquid for another.
For me, I'm definitely cognizant and don't like to drink my calories. Why waste calories on something that doesn't fill me? By simply drinking more water, theoretically you can eat more because less calories come from drinks. With that being said, I'm a sucker for an occasional loaded latte but as long as I fit it into my calories, I'm fine. Also, because 100% juice drinks, lemonades, and the like are often in my house (bf likes them) I like adding just an ounce or two for flavoring to my water.
9/19/2012 9:45:16 AM
Elise, the key to what you said is, "when I'm not feeling well" and "now and then" as well as "being aware of and counting all calories in drinks". I think what they're pointing out here is that some of us are not aware and have been overboard with what they drink. I myself have been a big milk drinker in the past. I thought fruit juice was healthy so portions were a nonissue. I have changed that. Others have a soda pop habit, or feel that swilling big bottles of sports drink are fine, especially when doing sports, when all they really need is water. When people become aware, like you pointed out, then they are in a position to make informed choices about what they're doing. If you are staying in your calorie allotment and achieving healthy weight loss, then you are doing fine! Some of the items you list are very healthy.
9/19/2012 9:33:36 AM
I have been conscious of my caloric drinking for some time, probably since 2009 when I tried Weight Watchers. It doesn't take long to figure out that drinking something is not a good way to intake calories. Calories do count!. I even cut my milk consumption to items that milk is a component of, such as cereal, and only 1/2 cup at a time. I'll drink 1/2 cup milk with a peanut butter sandwich. The rest of my calcium comes from supplements that I take with meals. My main beverage is ice water. I drink all teas, mainy green.
Sugar is a huge problem in our diet and so many drinks contain it. I have pretty much abandoned juices for that reason, save for some OJ once in a while. I found through tracking that I need more protein, and sugar/carb calories was the first place I went to substitute for protein calories.
I always bring ice water with me in the car. I won't consider buying drinks in convenience stores when on the road. Our lifestyle breeds craziness with what we put in our mouths.
I think it's odd that drinking our calories is frowned on here, I choose to have all liquid meals when I'm not feeling well and drink %100 fruit and veggie juice, probiotic kefir, buttermilk, almond milk, and smoothies. I think it's a matter of being aware of and counting all the calories in drinks. If it's not water it probably has some caloric content! I feel like getting 2 or 3 servings of fruit and veggies as juice or liquid servings of protein doesn't hurt now and then.
I drink coffee, black. There is a small amount of protein so it is not completely worthless. I also use whole milk. I do not like the lacking in flavor or lower fat varieties. I'm not afraid of calories so I drink what I desire. It is control and moderation that matters.
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