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When counting calories, don’t forget the ones you drink. For many people, these so-called liquid calories can make or break an effort to lose pounds.
Beverages with high-fructose corn syrup can be a major contributor to weight gain and obesity, according to the CDC. These include sodas and sports and energy drinks.
Americans drink about 1-1/2 cans of soda per person per day, according to the USDA. For regular soda drinkers, that adds up to 240 empty calories per day, or 25 extra pounds per year. (Calories in soda and alcoholic drinks are called empty because they have no nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals.)
There is also some evidence that liquids are less satiating than solids, so it is easier to consume too many calories from beverages.
These tips from the CDC can help you reduce your liquid calories: