I’m picking on Vitamin Water, but really, you should beware of almost all drinks with calories. Many people I know don’t drink soda, but think nothing of guzzling Vitamin Water, Arizona Iced Tea, or Starbucks Caramel Macchiatos. Indulging in drinks like that daily can add 1 pound to your waistline in just 1 month. Doesn’t sound like much, but multiply that by 1 year and you’re up to 12 pounds! Drinking caloric beverages is hazardous to your health, yes, hazardous and is a major contributor to overweight and obesity.
You see, our bodies don’t recognize calories from drinks the same way it recognizes calories from food. We can drink 200 calories and not get full, but if we eat 200 calories chances are we will be full, at least for a little while. When we eat food we chew, swallow, enjoy, digest you get the picture. During this time our body is going through thousands of processes and pumping out hormones. Hormones that tell our brains, “getting full now…you can stop soon…thanks for the grub” and, if we’re good, we listen! But that doesn’t happen with drinks, no hormone release, no brain-stomach signals – just calories in!
My advice, no caloric drinks except for 1% or skim milk, and 100% juice and no more than 1 cup (8 ounces) of juice per day. Coffee, a dalop of cream, half and half or milk and if you need it Splenda or a small amount of sugar, no extra-extra please and the same goes for tea. Other than that stick with plain old water. Diet drinks are okay sometimes, but the citric acid in them will strip the enamel from your teeth, so even those should be limited.