Rethink Your Drinks

March 14, 2014 at 2:01 pm Leave a comment

Energy balance is the key to weight management for men and women, young or old. While food choices are important, there’s increasing evidence that many of us are also drinking our way to weight problems.

Here are four tips for quenching your thirst and maintaining energy balance at the same time.

  • Drink plenty of refreshing, calorie-free water. Without any unnecessary calories, water helps your muscles and brain stay hydrated for optimal physical and mental performance.
  • Drink nutrient-rich, low-fat milk three times a day. Milk isn’t just for kids; it’s essential for adults, too. Consuming dairy helps build and maintain healthy bones, teeth and muscle mass.
  • Drink a maximum of 4 to 6 ounces of juice a day. While 100 percent juice can be a great source of several nutrients, it’s possible to get too much of a good thing. Whole fruits and vegetables are much better ways to get vitamins, minerals and fluids.
  • Drink other beverages with care. Soft drinks, sweetened teas, fruit drinks and most sports and energy drinks are loaded with calories and sometimes caffeine. Manage drinks that add extra calories by reading the nutritional label and choosing the smallest sized portion you can buy.

Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Entry filed under: Managing your health, Nutrition, To Your Health.

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