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Are You Really Drinking Coffee?

In some studies coffee has been shown to aid in weight loss and assist with speeding up ones metabolism. The problem with this is that many people say they drink a cup of coffee a day or two cups, but what they are digesting is much more than coffee. Many people are drinking what I call a “Liquid Cake” to start their day off under the guise of coffee. Let’s take a close look at what you are drinking and determine if it is helping you lose weight or having the opposite effect.
A plain cup of brewed coffee has less than 5 calories — and no fat. But if you dress up your coffee with extras, whether at home or your favorite coffee shop, you also add extra calories. let’s look at International Delight French Vanilla Creamer. One serving is considered one tablespoon. An average unmeasured pour equals four times that amount. So, what you think of as 35 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, and 6 grams of sugar is actually 140 calories, 6 grams of fat and 24 grams of sugar. Add a second cup, and you’ve already exceeded the maximum recommended daily sugar intake of 40 grams.

how many calories these extras can add to your coffee:
Sugar: 16 calories for 1 teaspoon (4 grams)
Heavy whipping cream: 101 calories for 2 tablespoons (1 ounce, or about 30 milliliters)
Half-and-half: 37 calories for 2 tablespoons (1 ounce, or about 30 milliliters)
Fat-free milk: 10 calories for 2 tablespoons (1 ounce, or about 30 milliliters)

CF4L 4 Highest Calorie Coffee Drinks!

1. MCDONALD’S FRAPPE MOCHA, NO WHIP, LARGE, 22 OZ.
600 calories, 22 g fat, 14 g sat fat, 92 g carbs, 84 g sugar
How do you take your coffee: Cream? Sugar? Perhaps a little hair growth gel? Wait, what?! We kid you not. Check out the ingredient list for McDonald’s Frappe Mocha and you’ll find polysorbate 80—an emulsifier that also has a reputation for topically stimulating hair grown in men who are going bald. You’ll also find Red 40, Yellow 5 and Blue 1—artificial colors that have been linked to hyperactivity in children; but what really gives us brain freeze is why these colors are in the drink at all. After all, it’s brown.

2. FROZEN CARAMEL COFFEE COOLATTA WITH CREAM, LARGE, 20 OZ.
990 calories, 47 g fat, 29 g sat fat, 141 g carbs, 130 g sugar
Dunkin’ Donuts markets this caffeinated abomination as “caramelicious.” More like calorie-licious! The frozen drink packs more sugar than you’ll find in 65 of the chain’s sugar-raised munchkins, and a mind-numbing 990 calories.

3. White Hot Chocolate (590 Calories)

Strangely one of the highest calorie drinks on this list is also one of the most deceptively simple drinks on the Starbucks menu. At 590 calories, a Venti Starbucks White Hot Chocolate has more calories than some meals. The drink also has 15 g of saturated fats, or 75% of the recommended daily value.

4. White Chocolate Mocha (580 Calories)

The Venti White Chocolate Mocha (distinctly not the White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino) has 580 calories in 20 ounces. With 150 mg of caffeine it has far less than even an 8-ounce Clover Brewed Coffee (the coffee has 180 mg), but it’s better than nothing.

Siddiqu “The Personal Trainer” is a CPT, motivational speaker, author of How Are You Fat and Saved?! He is also the Co-creator of the House Music Workout Class and the exercise series “You Would Think I Invented Sweat” for booking information or more fitness tips visit our WEBSITE www.chicagofit4life.com

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