Sunday, July 4, 2010

Is Coca-cola Really Fattening?

I am 15 years old and would like to lose a few pounds, but I drink  lot of coke. I figured out I can lose weight on 1200 calories, and I know going lower than that is not healthy. But if 300-400 of the calories are from coke, will that keep me from losing weight?
Jenny R.

Dear Jenny,

Three hundred to 400 calories of Coke is not more fattening than 300-400 calories of anything else. If you can lose weight on 1200 calories it doesn't really matter what composes those calories--it could be all fruits or it could be all ice cream and you would still lose the same amount of weight!

What does matter is the nutrition you're getting. The diet you have proposed has you getting 25-30 percent of your daily calories from COKE! The reason 1200 calories is a recommended minimum healthy diet is because it takes that many calories on a balanced diet to meet your needs for protein, essential fats, vitamins, and minerals. You won't be meeting your needs when only 800-900 calories is coming from food even if all those foods are highly nutritious.

I would suggest you try different ways to cut down your coke consumption, at least by half. Try using the smaller cans, substituting one can a day with another beverage, or mix half a coke with diet coke to cut the calorie and sugar intake. Not only will you be able to lose weight, but you'll probably reduce the number of cavities you get as well!

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