Hidden Calories: Sugar Free Creamer

So, one thing that I had not changed since starting working out, was my love of coffee…in the morning, afternoon, whatever.  Something I had not actually really counted towards my daily calorie intake, was my Sugar Free Hazelnut Creamer.  What I hadn’t counted on, was the 30 calories per Tablespoon.  That’s 3 tablespoons per day, so 90 calories each and every day, that I was drinking.  So, I switched from coffee with creamer, to either green tea or coffee with one packet of Splenda sweetener, saving myself the 30 calories x 3 times/day.

A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that research subjects who drank green tea as part of a controlled diet saw an increase in metabolic rate. The authors concluded that 3 or 4 cups of green tea could increase metabolic rate by 4% over 24-hours. That translates into burning an extra 50 to 100 calories a day. There is still need for more human studies to understand how green tea works, but drinking green tea certainly can’t hurt. Read about the health benefits of green tea from the Guide to Japanese Travel at About.com.

So, in theory at least, me moving from drinking coffee + creamer 3x per day to drinking green tea 3x per day gets me between 140 and 190 calories PER DAY that I am no longer eating and/or am now burning…before dieting, or even exercising!  Well isn’t this just embarrassing!

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One Month Later

I cannot believe it has been a month since my last post.  Life is passing by way too fast!

The gym has been my companion 3-4 days a week, and the scale refused to budge.  I accept that.  I stared at the scale last week, 191.2.    So I decided to buy me some oranges, start drinking my protein shakes for breakfast instead of having cereal and moving on from there.  Yesterday I stepped on the scale, 190.2.  At least the scale is moving in the right direction.  I’m going to fight to get this weight off.  I’m going to fight because I’m worth it.  And I’m going to fight, because lord knows ain’t no one else going to fight this battle for me!