‘How to balance your diet‘ is an article series all about achieving balance in your diet, and what that looks (and tastes) like. It’s a common phrase, but what does it mean, and how do you do it? Find out here.
How to balance your diet: Liquids & solids
Balance in the diet is largely about organising your calorie intake to appropriately account for your own energy requirements. If you’re trying to lose weight you want to learn how many calories you NEED to maintain your current weight, and then downscale from that slightly to lose some excess body mass.
Clients often tell me that they’ve decreased their daily calories, but are still struggling to lose weight. However, when they record their daily intake in their food journals, we find that they have neglected to decrease the LIQUID calories too!
They drink tea and coffee with milk and sugar, alcoholic beverages, sodas, energy drinks and fruit juices all without factoring those calories into their daily intake. Sometimes, they even drink MORE because they’re feeling a little ‘hungry’ after decreasing their solid calories.
These drinks can REALLY add up to the point where they are a substantial contributor to the total calories per day.
Do yourself a favour and add up how many liquid calories you’re drinking on a typical weekend, and then you’ll begin to appreciate the effect this is having on your diet efforts.
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