|Calories are hiding in most everything with put in the big hole in our head. Often people will being training in the gym, eating clean, and yet still finding it difficult to lose weight. For many people the culprit is drinking calories. The problem with high calorie drinks is that they do not make you feel full and it is very easy to drink yourself right out of shape.
Here is an example of a fairly clean diet being sabotaged by calories in drink:
Breakfast: 567 food cal / 338 drink cal
Snack: 390 food cal / 130 drink cal
Bored at work drink: 0 food cal / 122 drink cal
Lunch: 333 food cal / 168 drink cal
Pre-workout: 190 food cal / 110 drink cal
During workout: 0 food cal / 50 drink cal
Post workout: 0 food cal / 220 drink cal
Dinner: 458 food cal / 150 drink cal
Total: 1938 food calories / 1166 drink calories = 3104
Lets assume our dieter is trying to lose 1lbs of fat per week and is going to the gym and burning 500 calories per day 5 days per week and running on her 2 off days also burning about 500 calories per day. Our person is a woman that currently weights 150lbs and thus needs 2584 calories per day to maintain her weight. To safely lose 1lbs of fat per week she needs a weekly caloric deficit of 3500 calories. So she needs to have a daily caloric deficit of 500 calories.
3104-2584 = 520 caloric surplus
– 500 calories burned doing exercise
= 20 caloric surplus
So after all of that training and being smart about food she is actually gaining a small amount of weight each week!
If our person removed just the juice from her diet she would lose .64lbs of fat per week! Kill the Starbucks latte too and she would be at 3430 caloric deficit per week of .98 lbs of FAT!
Hopefully from this example you can see how easy it is to negate the hard work you do at Unit 2 by drinking your calories. If you are really slipping up and having a couple of beers, cola, etc. the problem only gets worse.
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