Is part of your weight gain or your inability to lose weight linked to coffee and tea drinking? It absolutely can be! There are two main reasons why the answer would be yes…
The Foremost Reason
In the US, over 160 million people drink tea or coffee everyday. And, most of those habitual partakers add sugar, flavored syrups, mocha, caramel, cream, and other sweeteners and/or dairy products.
A recent study from the University of Illinois analyzed the caloric effects from individuals using additives in their coffee or tea drinks. The researchers poured through 12 years of data. People who added to their coffee consumed almost 70 more calories per beverage than those who drank black coffee. And of those folks, 60% of the extra calories were from sugar.
Of the over 6,000 tea drinkers from the study, many were less likely to add calorie-dense products (than coffee drinkers.) Still, many regularly used sugar, honey, or cream.
The Perilous Predicament
Many who indulge in coffee or tea drinks with additives don’t necessarily realize they are toting up a lot of unnecessary sugar and/or fat to their diet. Additionally, these extra products only increase calories—with no nutritional value. These flavor fillers can definitely be considered “empty calories,” not to mention potentially unhealthy.
To give you an idea, here are some details about popular coffee and tea drinks gathered from their company’s websites. These are all figures based on a 16-ounce serving.
Starbucks Mocha Frappucino
15 grams of fat
65 grams of total carbohydrates
1 gram of dietary fiber
61 grams of sugar
5 grams of protein
Coffee Bean Vanilla Ice Blended
9 grams of fat
70 grams of total carbohydrates
0 grams of dietary fiber
58 grams of sugar
Starbucks Iced Chai Tea
4 grams of fat
44 grams of carbohydrates
0 grams of dietary fiber
38 grams of sugar
1 gram of protein
Certainly, an Iced Chai Tea is better than a large glass of Coca Cola—but not by much! Coke offers 52 grams of sugar, but zero fat. That’s not saying, in any way, that either is “healthy.”
To Put It In Perspective:
A 4-ounce serving of Atlantic salmon is about 250 calories. It also offers about 22 grams of protein and zero sugar. There are around 12 grams of “good” fat, which will lower your cholesterol and help you absorb vitamins. Also, zero carbs.
A cup of cubed, cooked sweet potatoes is about 115 calories. It also has less than one gram of fat. Total carbs are about 27 grams, and sugar, a mere 6 grams. Zero cholesterol. Dietary fiber is around 4 grams, and one serving offers about 2 grams of protein.
Here’s the deal: You can have a cup of black coffee or a nice cup of plain tea AND eat a piece of salmon with a sweet potato and STILL ingest less calories, less fat, MORE protein, and MORE dietary fiber! How’s that for scoring?!
Another Reason for Your Challenge
It’s possible that you are not losing weight (or, unfortunately, gaining) because your body is too acidic. If your system isn’t properly alkalized, the over-abundance of acidity can create problems. Some troubles include: acid reflux, GERD, and inflammation of the esophagus, stomach lining, intestines, and other areas of the body.
Whenever inflammation is occurring in your body, it will retain weight and prevent you from absorbing the valuable nutrients from your foods and beverages. Your body loves vitamins and minerals. It craves them. But if there’s toxicity blocking absorption, it doesn’t matter how well you’re eating.
If you’re serious about getting in your healthiest shape, you must consider relieving your body of toxins, which are creating inflammation. Eating a whole-food, organic, alkaline diet will help you rid your body of blockage and start allowing your extra weight to shed freely and easily.
Suggestions For Positive Change
You don’t have to give up your beloved coffee or tea, necessarily. You may, however, want to try giving them up for a short while, perhaps a week or two, or a month.
However, getting rid of the additives is a no-brainer.
Think about using healthy substitutes for flavor and sweetness such as: cinnamon, coconut nectar, pure cocoa powder, Stevia, pure vanilla extract, or unsweetened almond or coconut milk.
Indulging in your favorite “wake-up” beverage doesn’t have to cease. It just may need a little tweaking to keep you the healthiest and fittest you can be. Feel free to peruse GetThrive.com for other tips on health and wellness.