Don’t sabotage your beach body at the start of summer with these fattening drinks.
Frozen Coffee Drinks
Baskin Robbins Cappuccino Blast Mocha, Dunkin Donuts Frozen Coffee Coolattas, Starbucks Frappuccinos; all of these sugary coffee drinks are loaded with calories and sugar, and can cause dehydration. Overloading on sugar, cream, and artificially flavored syrups can not only cause weight gain, but also ruin skin and hair by depleting the body’s essential nutrients.
Processed, Commercial Juices
Brands like Simply Orange call themselves “not from concentrate,” which is accurate, but doesn’t really mean what you might think — these juices often have their oxygen removed and then sit in gigantic vats, sometimes for up to a year, where they turn into a colorless sludge. Later, they’re brought back to life, so to speak, with orange-scented flavor packs. Not a healthy choice.
Contrary to popular belief, just restricting fat and calories actually doesn’t make for a lean body. You need some fat in foods to allow the feeling of satiety to occur and for sugars to be processed properly. Speaking of which, skim milk is packed full of unnecessary sugars.
That includes everything from Vitamin Water to Monster. Packed with loads of sugar, you’re basically drinking doughnuts when you ingest drinks like these.
Gatorade, Powerade, it doesn’t matter which brand: all of these are counterproductive due to the artificial colorings and sweeteners. They are actually guilty of causing increased acidity in the body along with bloating and weight gain, not to mention the potential carcinogenic effects.
While the call of frozen drinks in the summer can be like a siren song, drinks like Slurpees and Icees are really just flash-frozen soda pops. No high-sugar drinks will ever be thirst quenchers. Instead, they cause the opposite effect since more water is needed to process all the sugar that is dumped into the body.
As tempting as it is to cool off with a cold beer, go easy there. They don’t call it a "beer belly" for nothing. Beer is usually high in carbs, which can also lead to weight gain in disproportionate amounts.
Unlike regular wine, flavored wine coolers like Seagram’s Escapes are terribly high in sugar. If you’re going to drink, keep your alcohol intake moderate: studies have shown an increase in abdominal obesity with regular overconsumption of alcoholic beverages. Pass me a Skinny Margarita, please!
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Summertime is just around the corner, and right now, we are all striving to get our bodies toned and in shape so that we can show them off at pool parties and the beach. As a physician, I generally promote healthy diet, exercise, and good lifestyle choices in order to encourage people to increase their strength and vitality, not garner attention in a swimsuit, but the truth is that how you look is often a reflection of how you have been treating your body. If you exercise regularly, rehydrate healthily, eat well, and avoid the drinks I mention here, you'll be that much closer to looking and feelings your best.
You might be surprised how many drinks that you consider generally harmless are actually causing you the most damage. Liquid diets aren't all they are cracked up to be — you can easily imbibe as many calories as you eat, or more, without even realizing it. So listen up if you want to make heads turn in that hot new swimsuit.
One of the worst offenders ruining your body is soda, even (in fact, especially!) diet soda. How can that be if there are no calories, fat, or sugar? Think about all that carbonation, continually bubbling and fizzing. Now think about its potential for bloating hell, making your abdominal area look much more swollen than it should. While the carbonation may be a short-term effect, consider all the toxic artificial sweeteners and colorings that can ruin your beach body for summers to come. Studies have shown that the consumption of these harmful ingredients may be carcinogenic and can also prevent weight loss.
I'll get into the specifics in a minute, but generally speaking, you should try to steer clear of drinks that are packed with high fructose corn syrup, as well as those loaded with artificial colors and flavors. Not only can these beverages cause weight gain and bloating, but they also ruin the appearance of your skin, hair, and nails, causing everything to look lackluster — and I know that is not how you want to break out into summer.
So take this summer as an opportunity to become even more radiant and healthy: consume plenty of water, and try rehydrating with aloe and coconut water. Make sure you eat a clean diet, mainly based around plant protein, to obtain a lean physique and burn that fat. Incorporate exercise at least a few times weekly to maintain toned muscles, and you'll be catching everyone's attention at the beach in no time.