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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What liquids should I eliminate from my diet if I want to lose weight?

    I am trying to shed some pounds so I have paid careful attention to what I eat. However, I know some beverages are also high in calories. What are some that should be avoided?
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    Zoe Haddad

    Exercise Physiologist, Personal Trainer

    Zoe is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Personal Trainer who graduated from University of Western Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Sport & Exercise). … View Profile

    The major one to avoid has to be all soft drinks! Other beverages that can be very harmful to your weight loss success include iced drinks with added cream, juices with added sugars, and too much coffee. When choosing your beverages you also have to be mindful of the cup size so when given the choice, go for the small. In other words, drink water,water, water!!

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    Courtney Bates

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    Courtney is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), Accredited Nutritionist (AN) and member of the Dietitians Australia. She runs her own practice on Sydney's Northern Beaches … View Profile

    Great question! I agree with Zoe - water is definately the number one choice when it comes to hydration. Did you know that most of us don't compensate with a smaller meal or snack if it is consumed with a drink containing calories. This means we eat the calories in the meal or snack plus the additional calories in the drink.

    Soft drinks and fruit juices are concentrated sources of sugar so are definately out. One regular can of soft drink can have up to 10 tsp sugar. Other sources of liquid calories include smoothies, coffee and alcohol. Regular 450ml smoothies from juice bars contains about 1300kJ, which is a lot of calories considering a multigrain sandwich with avocado, tuna, reduced-fat cheese and salad has 2200kJ. Cut calories in your coffee by always choosing a small coffee and stay away from the added syrups. Alcohol is very energy dense. A glass of white wine has 400kJ, a 375ml full strength beer has 550kJ and a spirit with tonic water has 280kJ. Limit your alcohol to 1-2 std drinks at any one time and be sure to have 2 alcohol free days per week.

    Courtney Dinnerville
    Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD)

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    Melissa Adamski

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    I am an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and Accredited Nutritionist (AN) with a passion for food and good nutrition. I also have my own private … View Profile

    Completely agree with Courtney and Zoe!

    Also remember portion sizes as well- drinks such as 97% fat free flavored milk might sounds great and have good nutrients in them compared to soft drink but many come in a 600mL bottle which can be approx 1000kj- the label states 2 serves but majority of people will drink one along with their meals.

    Melissa Adamski, APD

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    Julie Markoska

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    I am a Sydney based Accredited Nutritionist and Accredited Practising Dietitian recognised by the Dietitians Association of Australia.I have a Bachelor of Science majoring in … View Profile

    Liquids to eliminate for weight loss:

    • Alcohol (1 glass of wine has roughly the same calories as a small chocolate bar!)
    • cordial
    • fruit juice
    • thick shakes
    • flavoured milk
    • energy drinks
    • sports drinks - unless you're doing 90 mins or so of heavy exercise each day these will just provide you with calories you don't need!
    • frappes - usually have lots of sugar in them
    • soft drink
    • iced coffee/chocolate
    • chai lattes
    • flavoured lattes eg vanilla latte, caramel latte - they have lots of sugar
    • any drink topped with cream

    Liquids that are good for weight loss include:
    • green tea
    • water
    • sparkling/mineral water
    • herbal tea
    Coffee and regular teas are ok in moderate amounts eg 2-4 cups per day in total. 

    Julie Markoska
    Accredited Practising Dietitian & Nutritionist

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