You know how many calories you’re eating - but what about how many you’re drinking? Some drinks can contain a surprising number of calories, such as orange juice, while alcohol can easily undo your best efforts to lose weight.
1 white wine
A large glass of white wine (250ml/8oz) contains around 180 calories. Be careful, as three large glasses is equal to one bottle, giving you 540 calories - not to mention a hangover!
2 Orange juice
Orange juice contains healthy vitamin C but it’s also packed with natural sugars. A single glass contains 88 calories. Switch to low-calorie cordial drinks or mix water with your juice.
Cocktails are great on a night out but be careful what you order. Avoid those made with lots of shots, creme de menthe or sugary fruit juice. An Applemartini is a good choice, with around 148 calories per glass.
Studies have linked drinking soda (diet or normal) with obesity. If you can’t give up your cola fix, opt for diet varieties. A full-sugar can of cola (330ml/12oz) contains 140 calories.
5 mulled wine
A favourite on the ski slopes, mulled wine contains more calories than you might think. A medium-sized glass can contain 245 calories - 160 more than a similar-size glass of red wine.
A plain cup of coffee won’t expand your waistline – just go easy on the sugar, cream and flavourings. A small-sized McDonald's Frappe Caramel contains 450 calories – more than the average meal!
If you love beer but don’t like your beer belly, opt for a bottle with a lower percentage alcohol. A bottle of beer with 3% alcohol can contain half the calories of 5.5% alcohol.
8 Energy drinks
Energy drinks come packed with sugar and caffeine. The worst offenders contain 280 calories and 62g of sugar in a can (330ml/12oz). That’s the equivalent of six doughnuts!
9 creamy liqueurs
They may taste delicious but avoid creamy liqueurs if you’re trying to slim down. A single measure (100ml/3.4oz) can contain as many as 350 calories and a shocking 15.7g of fat.
Consider making your own milkshakes at home with skimmed milk and strawberries. A large strawberry shake in a fast food restaurant can contain a whopping 500 calories.