Joined a gym... kept to your diet... but still not liking the way that dress fits?
It might be time to start taking a closer look at what you're drinking.
Stephanie Young, health director at More Magazine, offers some easy substitutes for your favorite drinks that will have you looking and feeling your best just in time for swimsuit season.
Red wine: We've all heard about the health benefits of a little red wine, but chances are you are pouring yourself way more than the recommended 4 - 6 ounces most doctors suggest when you drink at home. In fact, you're probably doling out close to 12 ounces and because wine goblets are big, that might not look like too much! Stephanie recommends using a smaller wine glass to feel like you're getting more. If you make the switch and cut back over the next year, you will get some serious results. In fact, if you maintained the same diet and exercise, but made this easy swap, here's what you'd get:
12 oz Glass = 300 Calories
4 oz Glass = 100 Calories
Pounds Saved in a Year = 21 lbs
Coffee: Coffee drinkers don't have to give up their caffeine, but should be wary of the fancier options many places offer. Frappucinos, in particular, will help you pack on the pounds and could be sneaking up to 500 calories in a single drink! Swap those daily frappuccinos out for a cup of black coffee with a little sugar and here's what you'll find:
Frappuccino = 500 Calories
Plain with Sugar = 60 Calories
Pounds Saved in a Year = 45 lbs
Milk: Many studies now say that women who drink milk stay slimmer... but whole milk packs almost twice as many calories as skim milk (and way more fat) without any significant difference in nutrients. Kick start this dairy substitute and you'll get these results:
Whole = 220 Calories
Skim = 125 Calories
Pounds Saved in a Year = 9.9 lbs
Water: Doctors recommend most people get about 8 cups of water a day... but we all know plain tap water can get a little boring. Stephanie offers these tips for a big boost in taste without a substantial increase in calories.
* Add lemons
* Add cucumbers and mint
* Use seltzer water and add a touch of cranberry juice
* Use sweeteners like Crystal Light On-the-Go packets
* Warm it up and make tea (red tea in particular makes you feel like you're getting more than you think!)