Your frequent coffee runs may be keeping you from getting bikini-ready! We won’t stop you from visiting your favorite cafés, but try to avoid these seemingly innocent habits that contribute to weight gain.
1. Ordering the frappe
Frappe, Frappuccino, and other creamy blends are the most fatty drinks on the café menu. In Starbucks alone, a grande (16 oz.) caramel or mocha Frappuccino has 410 calories, while the grande Java Chip Frappuccino has 470! The medium Seattle’s Best chocolate javakula with whipped cream has a whopping 530 calories, while Coffee Bean’s Ice Blended Mocha (16 oz.) has 370 calories [via My Fitness Pal]. The culprit ingredients: full cream milk, sugar syrup, chocolate syrup, and lots of whipped cream.
Combat the fat: Ask for the light Frappuccino, which cuts down the calories in half by using non-fat milk and less sugar. But that’s still 200+ calories, so try customizing your own low-cal drink: coffee, sugar-free syrup, and skim or soymilk blended with ice. Also ask the barista for their recommended low-fat concoctions.
2. Adding sugar
The next time you find yourself adding another spoonful of sugar in your coffee, ask yourself this: “Am I really craving for caffeine or something sweet to perk me up?” Most coffee shop addicts don’t realize that they’re actually craving for the sugar high more than the caffeine hit.
Combat the fat: Because there is a growing debate on whether artificial sweeteners such as sucralose or aspartame are bad for you or not, we’ll let you decide. Also try lessening the sugar (whether it’s white, brown, or coco) you put in your coffee and train your palette to appreciate the different flavors and aromas of brewed coffee. Like a wine connoisseur, you’ll learn to discern coffee according to its roast and regional variation.
3. Processed creamers
Powdered and flavored creamers may taste delicious, but they’re full of preservatives, fat, and sugar.
Combat the fat: Use skim or low-fat milk, or if you prefer non-dairy, go for almond, soy, or rice milk. If you miss the flavoring, see if the café’s free condiments section has vanilla, cinnamon, or mocha powder. Add just a dash to your drink.
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