Cocktails & Fitness: The Secret Hindrance In Your Glass
Written By: Keena Mari, Contributing Writer
Is your liquid consumption preventing you from reaching your health and fitness goals? Is your beverage consumption making you fat? When starting a new resolution or fitness goal most people scrutinize what they eat and how much they exercise. And maybe their water consumption. But, they are likely to neglect the nutritional values in their beverages. In January 2016, Cocktails Chronicles – The After Dark Edition hosted a fun, mature, healthy, and live discussion on the impact of beverages on your waistline with fitness experts around Atlanta, GA – USA.Yes, this means that morning coffee from your ‘favorite’ java shop, the pre-workout energy boost, that protein shake mixer, or those “healthy” smoothies to curb your appetite that are consumed throughout the day may be sabotaging your diet. These types of beverages combined with your food intake can lead to an excess in caloric and carbohydrate (includes sugar) consumption.
For example, let’s say you are on a 1500 calorie diet. Most people eat between 250 to 500 calories per meal on average. When adding non-water beverages to your diet, you can unknowingly increase your caloric intake. By American standards, this can cause an increase of up to 100%.
The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition reports that soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks are a major source of added sugar and calories in American diets (Fitness.gov). This doesn’t take into account the consumption of alcohol. A 2012 study reports that “Alcoholic drinks contribute about 100 calories a day to the average American’s diet” (Warner). The majority of calories in liquor are from sugar (Warner). Meaning that any calories consumed from alcohol would count as added carbohydrates or sugar.
With about 21 percent of the calories consumed in the United States coming from beverages, it is vital that consumers pay attention to the kinds of calories that they consume (Carolina Population Center). Whether it be a sports drink, frappuccino, beer or soda, the liquids that are consumed play a significant factor into caloric and carbohydrate intake, resulting in the success or failure of reaching health and fitness goals.