What to avoid at your watering hole

If you are trying to drop a few pounds, you may want to consider avoiding one of America’s favorite past times….I call it sweet drinking.  It’s when we nearly drink ourselves into a sugar coma.



We’ve all seen the dangers of a waterhole on the African Savannah.  An innocent zebra or antelope is just minding their own business wading into the water to take a few gulps.  At first everything is fine.  The birds are chirping and insects are buzzing.  Then we hear nothing.  Followed by the music.  At this point we know the inevitable is about to happen.  A large smiling crocodile  emerges from the murky water with a wide open mouth and drags the poor defenseless animal down into the deep where it will meet it’s fate.

We are doing similar things to ourselves when we go to our waterholes (so to speak) by drinking thousands and thousands of calories weekly. It’s driving up our blood sugar and keeping insulin coursing through our body.  We are sabotaging  our own efforts to lose or even maintain our weight with tasty calorie-rich beverages.

Several years ago I began training ‘Roger’.  He was a single middle aged guy who owned his own business.  He admitted to a nightly fix of a well- rounded bowl of dairy, but he wasn’t eating a lot for dinner and couldn’t figure out what could be prohibiting his weight loss.  The guy trained with me for an hour at 6 a.m.  In the evening he came to a grueling Spin class, took a 15-minute break, followed by another Spin class.  The guy was a machine.  He was burning well over 1,000 calories every day but not seeing any results.  So I decided to probe deeper into his diet.

I calculated based on Roger’s information, he was consuming 1,200 calories a day in juice, not to mention his ice cream fix in the evening.  BINGO! His blood sugar was staying high because he was sipping on sweet nectar all day and sleeping with enemy at night when his body should be in repair/rest mode.  His affair for juice and ice cream was keeping his insulin levels high all day and night. Remember a high amount of insulin aids our body in storing fat.

  Drive-through beveraging/treating is more harmful to our body than we realize. Not only are they high in calories but high in sugar-the 21st century food drug.   Here are the top 20 worst (as far as sugar and calories go) beverages according to David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding’s book Drink This Not That. To the right of the beverage is an equivalent in sugar                                 of another product/food.

#20 Worst Water:  Snapple Antioxidant Water = 2 Good Humor chocolate Eclair Bars

#19 Worst Bottled Tea:  SoBe Green Tea = 4 slices of Sara Lee Cherry Pie

#18 Worst Energy Drink:  Rock Star 16 oz = 6 Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnuts

#17 Worst Bottled Coffee:  Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino = 32 Nilla Wafers

#16 Worst Soda:  Sunkist 20 oz = 6 Breyers Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches

#15 Worst Beer:  Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale = (in carbs) 12-pack Michelob Ultra

#14 Worst Kid’s Drink:  Tropicana Tropical Fruit Fury = Two 7-ounce canisters Reddi-whip

#13 Worst Functional Beverage:  Arizona Rx Energy = 6 Cinnamon Roll Pop Tarts

#12 Worst Juice Imposter:  Arizona Kiwi Strawberry 23 oz =7 Bowls of Fruit Loops

#11 Worst Espresso Drink:  Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha with whipped cream (venti) = 8 1/2 scoops Edy’s Slow Churned Rich and Creamy Coffee Ice Cream

#10 Worst Lemonade:  Auntie Anne’s Wild Cherry Lemonade 32 oz = 11 bowls of Cookie Crisp

#9  Worst Hot Chocolate:  Starbucks White Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream (venti) = 9 Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats

#8 Worst Frozen Coffee Drink:  Dairy Queen Caramel MooLatte= 12 Bavarian Kreme Dunkin Donuts

#7 Worst Margarita:  Traditionalk Red Lobster Lobsterita = (in carbs) 7 Almond Joy Candy Bars

#6 Worst Ice cream Float:  Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Soda = 9.7 Fudgsicle Bars

#5 Worst Frozen Fruit Drink:  Krispy Kreme Lemon Sherbet Chiller 20 oz = 16 medium-size chocolate eclairs

#4 Worst Frozen Mocha:  Cosi Double Oh Arctic Mocha 23 oz = 41 Oreo cookies

#3 Worst Drive-Thru Shake:  McDonald’s Triple Thick Chocolate Shake 32 oz = 13 McDonald’s Baked Hot Apple Pies

#2 Worst Smoothie:  Smnoothie King Peanut Power  40 oz = 20 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

#1 Worst Beverage in America:  Cold Stone PB&C 24 oz  (2, 010 calories!) = 30 Chewy Chips Ahoy Cookies

As you can see, these are popular drinks that we ourselves have had or we often see other’s consuming, while driving down the road or sipping in the office or going out for an evening treat.  No wonder there’s an obesity crisis!    Don’t be caught by the crocodile at the watering hole.  There are better choices at the same stop you are already making.

Look for part two of this post where I will list the top #20 of what TO DRINK instead.

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