How Many Calories in my Mai Tai?

It is no secret that lots of beverages—in fact, almost all beverages that aren’t water—contain calories. What is kind of secret is just how many you’re chugging. Here are the stats on some common drinks you might be throwing back, while simultaneously throwing away your waistline:   (A couple things to remember: a dinner should run you about 500-800 calories, if it’s your biggest meal of the day; mixed drinks can vary a lot depending on how they’re made and how big they are)

Beer (depending on the brew): 150-300

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“Light” beer: 60-150

wine glasses red wine How Many Calories in my Mai Tai?

Glass of wine: 130-220

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Coca Cola (1 can): 142

starbucks frapuccino How Many Calories in my Mai Tai?

Frappucino (tall/smallest): 190 

eggnog How Many Calories in my Mai Tai?

Eggnog: 480

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McFlurry (child size): 560

pina colada How Many Calories in my Mai Tai?

Piña colada: 586

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Mai Tai: 620

Don’t see your favorite beverage on this list? Look it up. Calorie counting databases have so much information that a simple “Starbucks latte” search results in over 25 different varieties. There’s no excuse not to.   If you’re thinking “but I drink diet sodas!” think again. Lots of studies show that diet drinks are just as much a problem as regular ones when it comes to weight gain—possibly because they’re so effective at making your body believe they’re sugar that you still undergo a blood sugar spike and crash, and end up craving more sweets. Let’s run that by you again: the average person, which means YOU, will weigh just as much drinking diet drinks as regular ones. Switch to water! Or at least, sparkling water.   Aaaaand there’s always CollegeDrinkingPrevention.gov, which pretty much tries to do what is says, but even if you’re not in college or wanting the government to prevent your drinking, you should still check out their handy Alcohol Calorie Counter, which will give you monthly calorie totals for your intake.   Rethinking any of those break-time beverages? Let us know what drinks you avoid, and what drinks you love on Facebook! 

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