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Do you calorie-count drinks?


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Hey everyone!

Usually, when I "calorie-count" the foods I eat on a daily basis, I don't add in the drinks(that have cals.) I drink, besides water. Such as, milk and orange juice (basically the only two drinks I drink besides milk)

Does anybody not add drinks when they calorie-count?

Are drinks diffrent from food when it comes to cals?
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You should count all your calories.  There is no difference between a calorie you eat and a calorie you drink.
Yes, and yes. If it isn't water, it has calories. All calories count and add on pounds if you go over your daily requirements.
You might want to add some of those things, they up your nutrition value for the day (milk and oj are oh so good for you).  But the cals are important, I realized I wasn't adding my coffee, which, while mostly water was still around 30 calories a day. 
I always log my milk or juice calories. IT adds up a lot for me because I drink a couple glasses of milk a day. And fruit juice calories can add up really quickly. 

But If I am drinking water or crystal light or a diet cola, I don't log them. One reason is because the calories in the drinks are really low. and the other reason is I dilute the drink with water so much that the calories are like cut in half, so instead of 5cal/serving it is like 2.5 cals. I think the drink is too sweet if I don't dilute it. Its a taste thing.

 And I am too lazy to log something for only 2.5 cals or so.  But milk at 90cal/cup. I always count it.
The only drink I count is milk, but that's because that's pretty much the only thing I drink that HAS calories. The only non-zero-cal drink I sometimes don't count is coffee, because it's only around 5 cals a serving. Usually, though, I log EVERYTHING.
Yea, drinks are a MAJOR source of calories for a lot of people (that they dont even think about). Like my sister was drinking a bottle of something the other day and asked if i wanted some....a quick look at it showed the thing had 300 calories! Thats lunch!
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i just saw that theres like 65 grams of sugar in a 12,.maybe 16 oz. coke!! thats why i completely took soda period out of my diet
well i count drinks that have a substantial amount of cals like my almond breeze and milk ( when i do drink it). if its an energy drink that has like 20 cals or a fuze drink with 10, then no. but i try not to drink my cals anyway.
Basically, if it has calories in it and I consume it, I count it (otherwise, my count would be way off).

However, if you drink the same things each day (say 1 glass of OJ and 1 glass of milk) so you know the amount of calories consumed... you could just adjust your overall daily calorie goal down by that amount (you would be considering it in your daily intake, but you wouldn't have to actually log it).

But I have a question... is there a reason you would count food but not beverages, if they all have calories?  Just wondering... I just never thought of not counting drinks.
what kind of milk do you drink?...just wondering
i log everything that goes down the hatch, even water, more so i can look at how much water i am taking in but yes i even log water.
I've actually heard that you are more likely to gain weight if you consume a lot of calories in liquid form each day. Probably because people don't consider the calories in drinks as much as food. That's referring mainly to sugary drinks like soda and punch. Now there are some drinks you should include in your diet like milk. Definately count them too because you could be drinking an extra 500 calories a day.
I've actually heard that you are more likely to gain weight if you consume a lot of calories in liquid form each day. Probably because people don't consider the calories in drinks as much as food. That's referring mainly to sugary drinks like soda and punch. Now there are some drinks you should include in your diet like milk. Definately count them too because you could be drinking an extra 500 calories a day.
because I drink too many cups of coffee, I leave 50 cals for those.
Yes, I count my liquids although all I drink is water and diet pop, and a few Captain's and Diets here and there. I count the milk I put on my cereal though.

I don't count my water, Crystal Light, or unsweetened tea.  Everything else, yes.  ESPECIALLY milk and juice.

Wow. That's interesting. I'd never even thought about it. Just another example of how different we all are.

Between milk, orange juice and tomato juice I consume 250 to 350 calories a day out of 1800. I had to give up beer. Too many calories. :-(

But whatever works for you. There may be a lot of people who consume so few calories in liquid form, they don't bother to count them.

As others said, they definitely count, but at least you're not counting a little to obsessively like some of us sometimes do. :-)

As far your body is concerned, a calorie a unit of energy no matter the source, drinking or eating. Milk is a course of fats and, I believe, a minor amount of protein you could be missing out on taking into consideration. Juices are a source of sugar you may also not be fully considering. To really get an accurate perspective on what you are putting into your body, I'd document everything, even the water. You may be really surprised the difference between an orange and cup of orange juice. Its a prime reason I stopped drinking most juices.

YES!!!!

A lot of people don't think about the calories they are consuming when they drink a cup of orange juice or milk with their meal. A 350 calorie meal can easily turn into a 500 calorie meal with a tall glass of orange juice.

TIPS (to avoid a large liquid calorie intake):

  • drink things that are not water out of juice glasses. (like the names implies these are for juice.)
  • drink WATER with meals. you don't realize how much you are drinking when you have to wash down a meal with your beverage.
  • don't refill your glass until you've finished it. (it's harder to keep track of how much you are actually drinking if you just keep refilling a cup that's still got liquid in it.
And think about this.

10 ounces of:
  • Non-fat milk has 96 calories.
  • Orange juice has 130 calories.

 

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