Lighten your liquid load

You've grown accustomed to watching your waistline by trading that cheeseburger and fries for a salad at lunch, or skipping the rich slice of cheesecake for your after-dinner dessert in favor of a bowl of berries. You give yourself a pat on the back for running an extra mile, or for taking the stairs instead of the elevator at work.
 
Still, you top off your morning workout with a glass of grapefruit juice, perk yourself up in the afternoon with an iced hazelnut latte, and wind down with a glass of wine - or two - with dinner.
Those liquid calories somehow play second fiddle to our food choices. We think more of ourselves for declining the doughnut in favor of yogurt, but we don't think much at all about what we're sipping in between - or alongside - those other food victories.
 
What you drink affects your weight. If you're not drinking water, maybe it's time to give more thought to your choice of beverage. Here are some examples of the calories you may be consuming - but may not be factoring into your daily diet - if you're not watching your liquids:

 

Drink (12-oz. serving)

Calories

Fruit punch

192

Apple juice (100 percent juice)

192

Orange juice (100 percent juice)

168

Lemonade

168

Lemon-lime soda

148

Cola

136

Ginger ale

124

Sweetened iced tea

135

Tonic water

124

Sports drink

99

Fitness water

18

Beer

149

Light beer

110

Red wine

230

White wine

216

*Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health
Want more variety with fewer calories? Check out these suggestions from James Beckerman, M.D., that will quench your thirst without regret.