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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