Rethink Your Drink
By Shelley Swenson
Family and Consumer Sciences/
Expanded Food and Nutrition Program
UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension
When it comes to weight loss, there’s no lack of diets promising fast results. There are low-carb diets, high-carb diets, low-fat diets, grapefruit diets, cabbage soup diets, and blood type diets, to name a few. But no matter what diet you may try, to lose weight you must take in fewer calories than your body uses. Most people try to reduce their calorie intake by focusing on food, but another way to cut calories may be to think about what you drink.
In this series, we are going to investigate the calories in beverages and offer some suggestions for quenching your thirst without the added calories.