There are a lot of rules or tips  when it comes to fat loss, but there is one I follow closely; never drink your calories. I love food so much I would never want to waste my caloric intake drinking sugar-filled beverages. You would be surprised to find out that a lot of beverages you may think are healthy are actually filled with sugar. Below I will list a few surprisingly sugar-filled drinks, their grams of sugar, and a comparison to popular candy bars for a better understanding.  

Surprisingly Sugary Drinks:

  • Orange Juice (48 g)
  • Apple Juice (39 g)
  • Vitamin Water (32 g)
  • Lemonade (67.5 g)
  • Gatorade/Powerade (31 g)
  • Chocolate Milk (28 g)
  • POM Pomegranate Juice (31 g)

These are all 16-20 oz measurements, the average bottled drink size.

To put things into perspective...

  • Snicker's Bar (27 g)
  • Reese's Cups (20 g)
  • Laffy Taffy, 4 pieces (19 g)
  • M&Ms (27 g)

I am not saying you are better off eating these candy options, don't get confused. I use these comparisons as a powerful tool to show you how sugar can sneak into your diet everywhere. Whether the beverages I listed above are mostly containing fructose or glucose is another question that comes to mind. Fructose is fruit sugar and a common misconception is that it is good for you. Check out some of these articles on the latest research involving fruit sugar. The average person should never have more than 52 grams of sugar. I personally think 52 grams is on the high side, I aim to consume between 5-10 g of sugar a day for optimum fat loss results. It is not as hard as it seems!

My Fat Blasting Beverages:

Beverages are meant to replenish and rehydrate your body, not fill you up with unnecessary sugars and empty calories. I make sure to get almost all of my calories from food (unless they are healthy fat calories in my coconut butter coffee, a.k.a. Bulletproof Coffee.) Hope this was helpful!