Those flavored fraps, mochas, and lattes you crave first thing in the morning aren’t going to help you get to your weight-loss goal any quicker. But that doesn’t mean you have to quit your caffeine addiction—you’ve just got to modify it, says Ansel.
Instead of ordering something made with cream, half-and-half, or even flavored soymilk (more on that later), order a black coffee, straight up. Then add a little splash of whole milk to your cup, she says. That will cut loads of calories from the creamy brews you normally get or that flavored half-and-half in your fridge.
If you’re not a fan of plain coffee, it’s fine to add a pack of sugar to your brew, says Keri Gans, R.D., author of The Small Change Diet. But adding any more than that will definitely stunt your weight-loss goals, she says. “If you’re a three-cup-a-day drinker with three packets each, the calories will add up.”
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If you’ve got a serious sweet tooth, a better option for anyone trying to lose weight is an artificial sweetener that has zero calories, Gans says.
The bottom line is that the further you stray from that straight-up cup, the more likely you are to screw with your weight loss plans.