There is no easier way to lessen your calorie intake than by limiting your liquid calories! A calorie is defined as a measure of the energy value of a food or drink. Liquid calories are often easier and quicker to consume and will satisfy thirst, but not hunger. Liquid calories are considered â€śhiddenâ€ť calories because the body does not feel the same fullness from a drink as it does from solid foods. Donâ€™t forget that liquid calories count! Here are some tips from the Aspen Clinic of Louisiana to help limit your liquid calorie intake.
Tips To Limit Liquid Calories
Liquid calories in alcohol, juices, soda, sports drinks or specialty coffees can have a huge impact on our calorie intake. Soda and juices are the primary sources of extra calories and specialty coffee drinks are close behind. Try to change your drinking habits by incorporating tea, black coffee, or sugarless drinks!
If you are going to enjoy a cocktail, try replacing mixers with water or carbonated water and flavor with lemon, lime, or other fruits!
Drink more water. In addition to lack of energy and brain fog, mild dehydration can cause a sensation that may be mistaken for hunger. According to Healthline, drinking water increases the number of calories you burn, which is known as resting energy expenditure. Drink one glass of water 30 minutes before a meal to help digestion. Remember not to drink too soon before or after a meal as the water will dilute the digestive juices. Drink water an hour after the meal to allow the body to absorb the nutrients.Â
Join The Aspen Clinic – We Have 9 Locations in Louisiana
If you need some assistance limiting your liquid calories, join the Aspen Clinic! Our program is based on lifestyle changes, not temporary dieting. The Aspen Clinic is designed to increase your metabolism and help you develop a new set of eating and activity habits. We will individualize your program according to your daily caloric needs to ensure that you are losing fat and avoiding the loss of lean muscle mass.
Visit any of our Aspen Clinic locations across Louisiana, Baton Rouge, Covington, Hammond, Harvey, Houma, Lafayette, Metairie, Prairieville, and Slidell, or schedule an appointment today to get started!