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"20 Coffee Drinks with More Sugar Than a Can of Coke" Review

Too often, the biggest obstacle to your weight loss actually sits in your coffee cup. Every coffee shop offers at least ten different varieties-many that resemble a shake. Although we can argue whether or not black coffee is healthy, it doesn't matter when your favorite drink ends up being a calorie/sugar/fat bomb. Surprisingly enough, many coffee drinks compose of more sugar than a soda can of Coke (12 oz, 39 grams)....which absolutely shocks me. I've chosen the top 7 coffee drinks most commonly found in the Midwest from the article "20 Coffee Drinks with More Sugar Than a Can of Coke". If you're interested in losing weight with a personal trainer, you may want to see if your favorite drink is on this list. Cutting it may be easier than 30 extra minutes on the Stairmaster (or will it? :)).


Small, 16 fl oz: 300 calories, 70 g sugar

Sugar Equivalent: 1.8 cans of Coke

Dunkin’ Donuts offers more than 15,000 ways to customize a coffee, and this drink is among the sugariest. Packing as much of the sweet stuff as 15 Oreos or nearly two cans of Coke, we’re all but forced to give this frozen, creamy beverage our stamp of disapproval.


Medium, 14 fl oz: 330 calories, 46 g sugar

Sugar Equivalent: 1.17 cans of Coke

Following skim milk, sugar is listed as the second ingredient on this drink’s nutrition label, so we can’t say we were surprised to learn of its excessive sugar content. We know what you’re thinking: “But chai is healthy, right?” In its purest form, yes. The blend of herbs and spices found in traditional a chai tea bag have been shown to slow aging and fight everything from inflammation to stress and weight gain. However, Dunkin’s Franken-beverage only uses a tiny bit of the stuff typically found in a chai tea bag. In fact, of its 30+ ingredients, instant black tea, cinnamon, and ground clove are among the last few ingredients listed.


Tall, 12 fl oz: 270 calories, 45 g sugar

Sugar Equivalent: 1.2 cans of Coke

Even if you hold the whipped cream and go with nonfat milk, there is no saving this overly sweet espresso drink. Recently a Starbucks spokesperson went on record saying that the company has plans to reduce the sugar in its "indulgent drinks" by 25 percent by the end of 2020. While that’s well and good, in the meantime, we suggest staying far away from this blood sugar-spiking beverage.


Tall, 12 fl oz: 280 calories, 48 g sugar

Sugar Equivalent: 1.2 cans of Coke

It’s a little-known fact that Frappuccino means “fattening” in Italian. Totally kidding, but maybe it should. Nearly all of Starbucks’ blended coffee and milk beverages are swimming with globs of fat and more sugar than anyone should ingest in a single day. (Which is 45 grams a day for women and 50 grams for men, according to the USDA’s most recent dietary guidelines.) Do your waistline a favor and cool down with a skinnier iced beverage from the ‘bux. Might we suggest a Tall 2% Iced Caffè Latte or a Tall Nonfat, Unsweetened Iced Coffee with two pumps Caramel Syrup? The former has 9 grams of sugar while the latter carries 10 grams.


Medium, 16 fl oz: 570 calories, 66 g sugar

Sugar Equivalent: 1.7 cans of Coke

Panera, home to an ever-growing stock of soups, salads and drinks, benefits from a beaming health halo—a perceived virtuousness that doesn’t necessarily play out in the hard realities of their nutritional stats. And this definitely holds true when it comes to its’ coffee beverages. Carrying more calories than 142 Jelly Bellys and as much sugar as nearly two cans of Coke, don’t just walk, run away from this belly fattening monster of a drink.


Medium, 16 fl oz: 240 calories 40 g sugar

Sugar Equivalent: 1.02 cans of Coke

Though it’s a touch better than Dunkin’s take on the classic brew, this is yet another example of a chai tea gone wrong. Instead of this beverage, opt for one of Panera’s 0-calorie “Republic of Tea” brews to stay on the path toward flat belly success!


12 oz: 340 calories, 42 g sugar

Sugar Equivalent: 1.1 cans of Coke

Made from espresso, steamed milk, chocolate syrup and topped with whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle, this McMocha is far but ab friendly. There are far better ways to start your day with Ronald. Of all the items on the Mcdonald’s breakfast menu, we’re most keen on the Egg McMuffin and the Fruit and Maple Oatmeal. Pair either of those with a black coffee and you can’t go wrong.

What do you think are the reasons for your lack of success in the gym?

Picture Credit: www.MSN.com - My personal training clients are always looking for ways to shave calories and sugar in their diets. Could the answer be lying in this cup?

Article Credit:
Author: Michael Moody Fitness with excerpt sourced from the article "20 Coffee Drinks with More Sugar Than a Can of Coke" on MSN.com
"20 Coffee Drinks with More Sugar Than a Can of Coke" Review
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"5 Bad Things about Detoxing You Don't Know" Review

What's the best detox for weight loss or a healthy lifestyle? You might be surprised by the simple answer. The recent article "5 Bad Things about Detoxing You Don't Know" on MSN.com does a great job of telling you the truth about detoxing.

Think twice before you decide to go on a cleansing diet

Most people have already failed at keeping up with the New Year’s resolutions they made on January 1 and are thinking of coming up with new ones. Detoxing has been a popular diet over the last several years. Whether it’s a fad or a trend is early to say, but one constant factor is the lack of scientific evidence supporting them.

Many toxins are used to grow the food we eat, so we consume the harmful chemicals all the time. Even the air we breathe has too many. The liver and kidneys naturally get rid of them every time you sweat or go to the bathroom. This has been the case for thousands of years. So why do people need to do more? They don’t. Cleaning up your diet instead will do just fine.

The basic principle of cleansing is not eating foods or drink beverages that contain toxins. That list can be endless. The goal is to “purify” the body but, again, it does that on its own.


Science is not conclusive whether detox is good for you. There is no definitive proof that such diets help the body eliminate toxins faster. Tempting arguments exist on both sides. There is research, however, that shows certain foods to be good for improving your liver.

Studies have indicated that the liver is among the most important organs in the body that regulates and stores vital proteins and nutrients needed to purify (here is that word again) and clear the organism of harmful chemicals. A healthy liver doesn’t store toxins; it transforms them into water-soluble substances that leave your body in the form of sweat, urine and excrements.


Detoxing also targets the colon. These diets are not necessary at all. Georgetown University reviewed several studies and concluded that, medically, colon detoxing regiments are not justified. Moreover, they have certain common side effects which include nausea, abdominal pain and lack of electrolytes, which you need so the body can regulate water retention, pH levels, muscle function, and many other body tasks.


Many detoxing diets basically require you not to eat anything or to have some juices and herbal supplements. Your body needs about 2,000 calories a day to function properly. It must have its vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to keep you healthy so you don’t gain weight, get constipated or sick, lose your energy...Anything less than that puts it in stress mode.


You are likely not going to find nutritionists who will recommend to a teen to get on a cleansing diet – even if they have not definitively taken a pro- or con-detox stance yet. Young people, but especially those between 13 and 20, need a lot of “healthy” calories and nutrients to give it energy to grow and develop physically (and mentally). Significantly depriving the body of them will have negative consequences.


You probably never thought that plastic surgery or exercising can get addictive. Detoxing falls in this category as well. Some people get “high” from feeling hungry just like smokers feel satisfied and happy when they light a cigarette after a meal. Eating disorders usually follow after that.

The bottom line is that you can “purify” your body by treating it right. Stop eating junk food and replace it with healthy snacks, fish and lean meat. Add vegetables as sides to your meals and fruits to your smoothies. Drink more water and stay away from sugary drinks. These choices will do you a lot more good than a hundred detoxing diets put together.

Does this article make you think twice about detoxing?

Picture Credit: MSN.com - Do we really need to go on a crazy liquid diet to truly detox?

Article Credit:
Author: Michael Moody Fitness with excerpt sourced from the article 5 Bad Things about Detoxing You Don't Know on MSN.com
"5 Bad Things about Detoxing You Don't Know" Review
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"30 Foods You Should Never Eat After Age 30" Review

Your 30s are a great period of your life....a time of wisdom, experience, and international travel (hopefully!). Despite the fact that you should be celebrating this landmark age range, you should also be aware of your increasing sensitivity to different foods (or at least finally recognize it).

I've dissected the Eat This, Eat That article: "30 Foods You Should Never Eat After Age 30" article. Of this questionable list, I've chosen the top 10 foods you should most definitely minimize (especially if you're health conscious or trying to lose weight):

1. Flavored Yogurt

2. Canned Soup

3. & 4. Pop-Tart & Breakfast Pastries

5. Special K Protein Bars

6. & 7. Diet Mountain Dew & Fresca

8. Sugar-Free Snacks

9. Margarine

10. Bacon

Can you think of any other foods you shouldn't eat after the age of 30?

Picture Credit: © Provided by Eat This, Not That! - Luckily, Applegate Natural Good Morning Bacon is a halfway decent alternative to feed our pig addiction.

Article Credit:
Author: Michael Moody Fitness with excerpt sourced from Eat This, Not That!
"30 Foods You Should Never Eat After Age 30" Review
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