4 Worst Drinking Habits For A Lean Body, Nutritionists Say – Eat This, Not That


The worst drinks for a lean body are the ones that are easy to get used to to the point where you consume them almost every day, maybe even several times a day, without even realizing that you are doing it. These are the drinks that aren’t heavy in your hand or thick and creamy in your mouth and don’t fill up when they finally reach your stomach.

We asked our nutritionist friends to name their picks for the worst drinks for usual consumption. Read on to find out what they are, and to find out more about how to eat healthy, don’t miss 15 Underrated Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work.


Many dieticians consider sugary drinks, especially soda, to be the worst drink you can get used to because it’s basically just sugar and water. “Soda is very high in sugar and calories; a 24-ounce soda can contain 60 grams of sugar, as much as 12 teaspoons of sugar, ”explains Brenda Peralta, RD, a writer for FeastGood.

Soda and other sugary drinks are so hard to avoid because we have been programmed to order soda every time we place a fast food order. And sugary drinks are available everywhere you turn, especially in grocery stores.

A new pilot study from the Center for Science in the Public Interest looked at the placement and promotion of sugary drinks, the main source of added sugars in the United States, in 16 grocery stores in a metro area. On average, sugary drinks appear in about 30 locations, including mouthpieces and checkout areas, in each grocery store and have been featured in nine price promotions per location.

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can of diet coke

Even though they have no calories, drinks that contain artificial sweeteners can be harmful for you if you want a lean body. “Studies show that artificial sweeteners can negatively impact your microbiome and cause glucose intolerance, which can make it harder to lose weight,” says USA Rx’s Heather Hanks, MS, holds a degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine and specializes in holistic nutrition, gut health and chronic disease management.

“Even when used in small amounts, you may still find that you crave more calories than before drinking this artificially sweetened drink,” Hanks explains. A 2021 study published in JAMA network open adds to the evidence that drinks made with a specific artificial sweetener, sucralose, can stimulate appetite by preparing the brains of obese people to crave high-calorie foods.

Hanks Recommendation: Water is by far the best thing you can drink if you want a lean body.

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iced coffee with whipped cream

Morning coffee is arguably the most common drinking habit among Americans, making coffee potentially the worst drink for a lean tummy.

“Coffee alone won’t cause weight gain, and in some cases, it may improve your weight loss efforts (by boosting metabolism and helping control appetite),” says Trista Best, RD, dietitian at Balance Once.

But it’s those high calorie sweeteners and high fat creams you add that turn the coffee habit into a serious weight gain opportunity, she says. The worst culprits are the specialty coffees made at coffee shops like Starbucks. This chain’s white chocolate mocha, made with whole milk and whipped cream, contains up to 620 calories and 67 grams of sugar, more than what you will consume by eating five chocolate croissants!

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alcoholic beverages

It’s easy to forget about the calories in beer, wine, and cocktails when you’re having fun with friends at happy hour. So here’s your reminder: there are two main reasons why regular drinking is the worst drinking habit for a slim body, according to Daniel Boyer, MD, medical researcher at the Farr Institute. First, alcohol (ethanol) has calories, about 12 calories per ounce. While a regular beer can contain around 150 calories per 12-ounce can and a glass of red wine around 125 calories, some cocktails made with sweet mixers can exceed 600 calories.

Second, “taking too much alcohol makes your body prefer excess alcohol to fat for energy,” says Dr. Boyer. So you end up burning alcohol while your fat stores continue to build up in your body. One study showed that when subjects were given four different meals, including a meal with alcohol, the high-alcohol meal suppressed fat oxidation more than any non-alcoholic meal.

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