Dieting? Beware of liquid calories

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Dieting? Beware of liquid calories

Question

I'm dieting and trying to lose weight. To keep from snacking between meals, I've been drinking lots of juice and milk. But the scale isn't showing much progress. Am I doing something wrong?

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Answer

When you're dieting, it's important to be mindful of what and how much you're drinking. Although milk and juice have many important nutrients and can be part of a healthy diet, they still have calories — and calories in liquid form count just as much as calories in food.

So when you're counting calories, the best beverage choice is water. Keep higher calorie beverages in check. As a general rule, adults should drink no more than 4 ounces (118 milliliters) of juice a day and 16 to 24 ounces (473 to 710 milliliters) of milk a day.

If water isn't filling enough when you're dieting, snack on fresh fruit and vegetables between meals. Whole fruits and vegetables are much more filling than juice — and it's likely you'll consume fewer calories with these choices.

Last Updated: 2009-11-10
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