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Coffee, Tea or Fat Free – Watch your weight on your coffee break.

Coffee, Tea or Fat Free – Watch your weight on your coffee break.

Coffee, Tea or Fat Free –  Watch your weight on your coffee break.

“A coffee break can ruin your diet by 10 a.m.,” says Jayne Hurley, R.D,

senior nutritionist at Washington D.C’s Center for Science in the Public Interest.  A java break at your favorite coffee shop can set you back from 100 to 500 calories.  Substitute chai latte with low-fat milk and you can rack up about 332 calories and 8.9 grams of fat.  A fruit smoothie is around 218 calories and 5 gm of fat, and a 20-oz low-fat cocoa drink topples the charts with a whopping 521 calories.  According to Joanne Lunn, Ph.D., a nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation, fat created by coffee calories seems to have a greater potential to settle in the hips than fat from your meals.  So what’s a person to do?

Take Charge!  Here’s how to calculate calories in coffee drinks.

  1. Find out the number of calories in your drink. Most coffee shops have the information posted.  If not, ask.
  2. Adjust the number of calories based on the size of the drink you order (e.g. a 20-oz cappuccino will have 1/3 more calories than the 16 oz. size).
  3. Count any sweeteners or milk you add to your drink. Black coffee may start out low-cal, but milk and sugar add calories.
  4. Count calories in any flavoring or toppings you add to your drink. For each pump of syrup, add another 20 calories.  For whipped cream, add another 100 calories.
  5. Total this up for each day and multiply the number of days you buy your beverage. See what the calories intake fro, just your coffee breaks will add to your weight each month.

*This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living