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NIRERIN Posts: 14,273
9/19/13 6:04 P

when was the last time you were in a convenience store? they didn't decide the 44oz sized drinks were too small for kicks and giggles, they saw that their customers kept coming in and refilling them, so they made sure that they had half gallon sized cups/mugs/drinking vessels available to suit the needs of their customers. and if you ever take a look at the pricing, it's a very small cost amount to get a lot more liquid.
a serving of soda tends to be about 100 cals, there are two servings in a bottle, so that's about 200 cals right there from a beverage. figure most people drink at least two of those, if not more, a day and you're looking at around 500 cals just for a few sodas. if you hit starbucks most of the regular drinks seem to run about 500 cals. if you get a fancy drink out with dinner that's close to 500 cals there too. have a few beers or glasses of wine or shots a day? 500 cals isn't hard to reach that way either.

RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (4,367)
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9/19/13 1:07 P

I doubt that (protein/nutrition/meal replacement) shakes and smoothies are all that popular in the overall population -- it's easy to get a skewed picture from the population that posts on a weight loss site. Though I suppose those Jamba Juice type places go in and out of style ever so often.

Most of that 20% must be soft drinks, sweet teas, sports drinks -- all the stuff in the refrigerator doors at the convenience store. The rest is probably mostly a mix between milk/milk replacements (don't forget milk with cereal), juices, and hot coffee/tea drinks.

And I almost forgot alcohol! That must be pretty huge in and of itself.

So yeah, there's a lot of liquid calories out there.

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9/19/13 1:01 P

Back before I started SP, I was drinking anywhere from 3-4 sodas a day. Full-flavor, 12 oz cans.

At 150 a pop, that's 450-600 calories a day... without any food! Some days, I would drink more than that, and I usually had a big glass of milk at bedtime, and glasses of tea here and there when we went out.

It wasn't unusual for me to drink 1,000 calories of mostly nutrientless crap.

Now, I drink VERY few calories; I still like my glass of milk before bed, but it's 2%, lactose free, and about 9 ozs, instead of my 12-16 ounces from before. If I'm going to put calories in my body, I prefer them to be the kind of calories that stop the hunger. :)

ICEDEMETER Posts: 1,332
9/19/13 12:54 P

It doesn't surprise me at all --- even on a calorie-reduced diet like now, I still get 10-13% of my calories from a single drink: I have a hot chocolate every evening (skim milk, 2 Tbsp cocoa powder, 1 tsp of maple sugar). It's my "ritual" to signal the end of the day, and that it gives me 12g protein and 30% RDA of iron along with a bunch of other nutrients makes it very much worthwhile to me.

That said, most often folks are drinking the empty calories in sodas, coffee additives (those fake creamers are usually really high in calories), and straight sugar in their coffee and tea. Since those don't have any nutritional benefit, they're really worth looking at getting rid of.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
9/19/13 12:46 P

I think you are all forgetting shakes, and smoothies, which are popular, and high calorie. Plus it is absorbed quickly since it is liquid, and spikes blood sugars. This causes Insulin release, which then stores that extra glucose as triglyceride ( body fat ). It isn't even so much the calories, as the fact that your body can only use a certain amount of glucose at a time, and has to clear the blood of it quickly. So extra is stored as bodyfat, which if you don't overeat, is used up later. Unfortunately we continue to eat more, and the body doesn't need to use up our bodyfat stores, This is why we have so much obesity, and diabetes. Not only are we taxing the pancreas, to produce more Insulin, which eventually wears it out, but we are slowly adding more and more body fat.

Diabetes and Obesity aren't 2 separate diseases. They are both caused by over-consuming carbs, and spiking blood sugars, and then storing the excess as fat. If you wanted to create the best way to do this ( fatten people up ), you would use an easily digestible fluid that had lots of carbs. Enter sugar. Sugary fluids.. pop, fruit juice, smoothies, shakes.

It's just too easy to over-consume with fluids. Since they are mostly carbs, and we never under-consume in our society, once it is bodyfat, it tends to stay there. Interestingly enough, this does not happen with pure protein or fat. Get your carbs from sources that take longer to digest, and you never get the huge blood sugar spike, Insulin releases, bodyfat gains, and diabetes.

Your calories from fluid should be 0 though.

9/19/13 11:24 A

It really is crazy the amount of sugar & calories you can consume in a day if you aren't paying attention. At my heaviest, I was drinking 6 Dr Pepper's a day. SIX. That's just not necessary in any way. I do have my chai tea + soy milk in the mornings which is about 100 calories, but it's worth it for me. I can still have something I enjoy without over-indulging.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,289
9/19/13 11:09 A

While I usually don't drink anything with calories in it-- I know that's not true for *most* people. When you consider "coffee condiments", a glass of milk or juice at breakfast, sweet tea or soda with a meal, and a Gatorade or additional sweet tea/ soda here or there... it all adds up. Imagine the difference it would make in the obesity problem, if people just exchanged a couple sugary drinks a day, with water.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,521
9/19/13 10:06 A

It doesn't shock me. People get those super big gulps and fancy coffee drinks, etc. I am surprised the number is so low

1GROVES2 Posts: 10,391
9/19/13 9:52 A

I just did the trivia game on SP. One question was percent of calories Americans get daily from drinks...I answered 11%, which was the smallest number but still seemed like a lot to me....I was shocked to find out the answer was 20% ( or more I can`t remember exactly).....I rarely drink anything that has calories at all....I was just shocked over this!

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