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Drinking Coffee And Dieting

Apr 29, 2008
Most people fail to calculate the amount of fat and calories found in many drinks featured at a coffee shop. They may be packing on the pounds without realizing that their morning double latte is what is causing most of it. They may be paying attention to the foods they eat but many drinks you can get from a coffee shop will have plenty of calories in them.

It is possible to have the best of both worlds though. Since most coffee shops offer plenty of selection you don't have to struggle too much to get something that can meet your needs. As the staff behind the counter what they would recommend if you are having trouble figuring it out on your own.

One of the easiest ways to choose something that is low in fat and low in calories is to simply switch to regular coffee. This may be quite a change if you have been enjoying flavored drinks and cappuccino each morning for quite some time. You don't want to get regular coffee though and then load it up with flavors, creamer, and sugar. That is going to defeat what you are attempting to accomplish.

You will find though that many coffee shops offer delicious premium coffee. It is going to be much better than what you can make on your own at home. They may have some specialty blends they offer as well so you can get some variety. Ask about low fat creamers and sugar substitutes so that you can still have something that tastes good to drink. Very few people enjoy their coffee plain.

There are plenty of options for you so don't get stuck on just one. If you try one type of coffee to cut calories and it doesn't meet your standards, try another one. You may struggle initially because these drinks don't taste as sweet as what you have become accustomed to. However, it a short span of time you will get used to the change and even start to enjoy it.

How many times a day do you order a drink from a coffee shop? You may find you need to cut out a few of those stops each day. It can become quite a habit if you have a coffee shop in walking distance of your home or your office. Even if you are drinking low fat or low calorie drinks, the number of them will certainly add up rapidly.

The size of the cups of your coffee need to be taken into consideration as well. You will notice that most coffee shops offer several sizes for your convenience. Cutting back one size can really make a difference over the course of a week and a month. Some people like to go with the bigger size as it is only a few cents more but do you really need it?

If you aren't sure what all is going into the drinks you order at a coffee shop, take the time to ask. Be respectful though and don't do this during a busy rush time of the day for them. This will affect their ability to serve other customers waiting in line. Going to the coffee shop is very common but make sure you are making good choices there if you are concerned about your weight.
About the Author
Karyn Lewis is passionate about great coffee. If you are thinking of opening a coffee shop, and avoiding the common mistakes new owners make, you can read more at her recommended at her coffee business website.
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