I like 3 tablespoons of creamer per 12oz cup of coffee. My creamer is 10 calories per teaspoon. There are 3 teaspoons in a tablespoon. That?s 10 x 3 = 30 calories per tablespoon, which amounts to 3 x 30 = 90 calories for 3 tablespoons of creamer. That?s a whopping 90 calories per cup of coffee. If I then multiply that by 10 cups of coffee per day (I have no problem drinking that much and more), then it comes to 900 calories in creamer alone! I consume all most 1000 calories per day that are never counted!
The moral of this story is: Beware of those little pleasures that you have refused to count because you think it doesn?t make much of a difference.
that seems like a LOT
I have one cup on the occasional saturday... I think I'm ok sticking with my little pleasures...
I am very partial to half and half in my coffee -- I love the way it tastes. I don't like creamers (a lot of them are sweetened and I HATE sweetened coffee) -- and I was probably putting 3-5 tbsp per 20oz cup and until recently, I was drinking about 3-5 20oz cups per day...
I've stopped the half and half completely, replacing it with unsweetened vanilla almond joy breeze. It's not the same, but I can handle it. At the same time I've cut my coffee intake dramatically -- I will always prefer the half and half but the calories (and sat fat) are a killer.
Cutting down on the cream is a good idea. But cutting the coffee may not be, since caffeine intake helps promote lipolysis and fat metabolism in your body - drinking coffee means your body relies more on stored fat for energy. Effective dosage is about 300 mg of caffeine a day, more than that doesn't make much of a difference.
Drip coffee has about 120 mg per cup, espresso about 30 per shot. So three cups of coffee or 12 shots of espresso a day, and you're good :)
I worked at changing my coffee habits slowly and steadily. I was using more cream or about what you're saying, plus sugar but nowhere near as much coffee...24oz a day. Anyway, I spread weening myself off of cream and sugar and slowly replaced the difference with powder cream. I now use 2 tablespoons of sugar free french vanilla powder cream in my 24oz mug. That puts me at 88 calories for my morning coffee. Whew!
I too hesitated logging what I was guiltily splurging on in the beginning.
I love creamer in my coffee too, but then, I don't drink 10 cups a day (wow!).
I stick to one 12 oz cup a day, and I only add 1 tablespoon of Coffeemate fat free for 25 cals, one teaspoon of brown sugar, and then a packet of equal. I haven't tried any of the flavored creamers because of the added sugar, but there are sugar free/fat free ones as well.
The only thing I'm brave enough to have at Starbucks is a tall double non fat cinnamon dulce latte - and even then it's only as a special treat.
I never realized how many extra calories I used to get by putting cream and a little sugar in my coffee. I found this site and started to log it. I was shocked and appalled!!! I, too, drink a lot of coffee. I knew I had to do something.
Not drinking coffee is NOT an option for me. I'm addicted. I know that and I've made peace with it :) Soooo... I decided to drink it BLACK. Gross at first, yes. But I kept with it and actually like it much better without anything in it ( I swear I'm not lying :)
So, how much weight did I lose, you ask... nada. Very annoying!
I gave up mochas except for the occasional one a while back because they have way too many calories...I love the vanilla mochas but now when I order one I get the kids' size, it's better for both my waist and my wallet.
I can totally identify with the having to give up Starbucks Mocha's (skim no whip is perfection...). I also identify with avoiding half and half (hopefully soon I will have half the booty THAT has put on!). I currently drink 2 20 oz cups of coffee per day. With UNMEASURED non-dairy creamer and equal/splenda.
I always estimate my coffee at 40 calories per 20 oz cup; I should probably go about measuring those teaspoons. IGNORANCE IS BLISS RIGHT NOW THOUGH... I will save that for after vacation! :D
My personal trainer hasn't told me to kick the coffee yet - but she said if the results that I have been seeing start to dwindle... I will be one sad sister!
Off to have my afternoon cup! :D
My bigger weakness are my soy mochas at Dutch Bros. 260 cals a pop, and some days I used to drink 2! Hard on the budget as well. Those damn kiosks are everywhere, though, and I congratulate myself on my incredible willpower every time I drive BY one and not THROUGH it!
Snacks at Whole Foods are my uncounted weakness - I could snarf down several ounces of cheese, one bite brownies, tortilla chips, crackers with jalapeno spread and cookies (one sample at a time) during a visit....I stay away now, but in the past could easily sample 400 uncounted calories.