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Is this drink significantly less fattening than what I've been drinking?

Asked by Aster (15315 points ) January 28th, 2013

I’ve been drinking a large mug of Vanilla Capuccino sweetened with sugar each morning. A friend told me to switch to fat free Capuccino and it would make a big difference in weight loss efforts. Is this true? Or should I stick with the sugary one?

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bookish1's avatar

Sugar and fat are both sources of calories.

Whatever calories you don’t burn every day become stored as fat. You’d have to look up nutrition facts for the regular versus ‘fat-free’ capuccino. (And there are many websites out there that list nutrition facts for packaged foods and drinks, or for portions of recipes. Just look around on Google.) Sometimes ‘fat-free’ is just a marketing ploy, and the company has to put in more sugar or something else equally caloric in order to keep the product tasting good.

But yes, cutting either sugar or fat from your daily drink would cut the total number of calories you intake. Cutting both would be the best. Maybe you could try a ‘fat-free’ capuccino with a sugar substitute, like Splenda?

Aster's avatar

What can I do now? I meant should I switch to sugar free; not fat free. Can I delete or change my description?

bookish1's avatar

Maybe ask one of the mods to let you change your description, if it’s past the 10 minute editing limit?

How much sugar are you putting in your drink to begin with? One teaspoon will only add about 15 calories a day. That’s a drop in the bucket; I wouldn’t call it significant at all. But it’s completely empty calories that are not benefiting your body at all. This reduction in calories could add up if you are also exercising more and cutting more calories out of other places in your diet. But I wouldn’t expect to make this one change alone and see significant weight-loss results!

TheobromosHumper's avatar

Get rid of both sugar and fat. Skim milk; no sugar. There seems to be evidence that using artificial sweetener increases your craving for other sweet things, so it actually makes it harder to lose weight (according to Consumer Reports health report, and my doctor says they are doing further studies to verify this that I could have participated in). So make yourself get used to unsweetened drinks. It really doesn’t take long. And use non-fat milk. Or soy milk. Before long, you won’t remember you ever missed the sugar. It’s just the initial hump to get over that is the problem.

LuckyGuy's avatar

One teaspoon of sugar is 16 calories. If you do that every day that is 365×16 = 5840 calories. That translates to 1.7 pounds or fat per year if you make no other changes in your diet or activity level. Skip the sugar and that 1.7 pounds is gone.

livelaughlove21's avatar

Skim milk and no sugar (not even artificial) for 1.7 lbs per year? Blech, I’d rather skip the drink altogether. And that weight loss is not even worth the sacrifice.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@livelaughlove21 The 1.7 pounds per year is only for the sugar.
It is significant though. In 10 years that is 17 pounds.

livelaughlove21's avatar

@LuckyGuy Significant? I wouldn’t go that far. I could easily drop 1.7 lbs a year without having to endure sugarless coffee on a daily basis.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@livelaughlove21 That is fine as long as you notice and keep on top of it. My point is that small actions taken hundreds of times add up. A person does not gain or lose 100 pounds in a day. Every single person who is overweight gained it a few ounces at a time.
Another alternative is to offset the 17 calories by walking up two flights of stairs. Or parking your car away from the store and walking a little extra.
Better tasting coffee and a brief workout! The best of both worlds.

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