Sure, you know the importance of eating healthy foods and watching calories. But is there room in a healthy diet for occasional splurges? You bet. A flexible weight-management plan allows an occasional, reasonable indulgence. What's important is that eating healthy foods is the rule rather than the exception.
Coffee choices are nearly limitless. You can choose from plain, flavored, whipped, topped, iced and even frozen versions. Of course, how you choose to dress up your coffee makes all the difference in calories, fat and sugar. If you're watching your weight, consider sticking to basic black. A plain cup of brewed coffee contains zero fat and only a couple of calories.
When it comes to weight loss, all calories count. If you're drinking too many calories, look for easy ways to scale back: 1. Choose water instead of juices and sodas. 2. Drink low-fat or fat-free milk. 3. Skip energy drinks.
When you're dieting, pay attention to what you drink, too. For instance, although juice and milk have important nutrients, they contain a lot of calories. Drink no more than 4 ounces of juice a day. To help cut calories, switch to fat-free milk and keep it to 16 to 24 ounces a day. Of course, water is still the best choice when it comes to satisfying thirst.
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Plain coffee has only a few calories. But the calories jump up when you start adding extras.
Dieting means watching what you eat — and drink. Drink plenty of water but limit sugary drinks and dairy to keep calories under control.