Drink Claims To Burn Calories

Drink That Burns Calories, ah But Does it Really?

The good folks at Coke-cola have dreamt up a doozy of a marketing idea: A drink that burns calories! Excellent. Ah, but wait …

Oops, small print. Here’s what they say about their new wonder product, “Studies have shown that when EGCG and caffeine are present at the levels comparable to that in three cans of Enviga, healthy subjects in the lean to normal weight range can experience an average increase in calorie burning by 60 – 100 calories.”

Okay, why do I have a problem with this? Note they say you have to drink three cans of Enviga? Yikes, and for what? A lously 60 to 100 calories added burn. Yipee. Then, they also mention how they used “healthy subjects in the lean to normal weight range,” not overweight subjects nor obese subjects but “healthy” and “lean” subjects? What gives with that?

Bethan Abra

Something isn’t quite right with this. Indeed, you can burn an extra 60 to 100 calories by getting up and moving around more, take a walk to the store or the post office, or jump on a bike now and then. If you have stairs in or near your home, walk up and down them several times. Voila! Instant increased calorie burn and it costs nothing.

Read about Coke’s new Enviga, a drink proven to increase calorie burn according to their press release.

Portion Control Gone Mad

What’s an Shopper To Do?

Yesterday, I stopped at Zupans to see if they had my favorite shortbread cookies. If you don’t have Zupans nearby, they’re a great store, one of my favorites, but you need to win the lottery to shop there often. It’s expensive. Their deli is fabulous, but you know how most delis have those little white take home goldfish containers? This deli has clear plastic tubs in three sizes: Large, medium and miniscule. I’m not willing to pay $4.50 or more for a miniscule amount of salad or beans, so I take a pass. It’s a shame too, but I could buy the ingredients and make it myself for the price, and I’d need to buy three or four to make a meal. Fat chance.

So, I’m looking and looking and … they didn’t have my cookies! I’m agahst. I’m forced to check the bakery counter for alternatives – it’s actually one of my hobbies (I would have looked anyway). I love to look at pastries like some people peak at porn. It’s so temping, so delicous, but I’ve been burned before. Sometimes those ultra pretty foods taste like cardboard, and when you just spent $20 for a 6″ cake, that’s a disappointment you’re not likely to forget for a very long time.

So, to bring this rambling account to a close, I finally spied a teensy sample size package of Walkers Shortbread in the checkout aisle. Perfect. Just a taste, which is what I wanted anyway, so I bought one. Later at home I looked at the nutrition label, and guess what? This package, containing a whopping 1.4 oz. of two slim 1.5″ by 2″ cookies serves 2. Yup, you get one cookie each. Enjoy!

Ingredients: Wheat flour, butter (31% – cool), sugar, salt. My four favorite food groups! No wonder I love shortbread cookies.

My latest newsletter, Bits-n-Bites for People Who Chew was posted yesterday. Give me your thoughts. Post a comment.

I didn’t eat those cookies just yet. Sometimes I buy food just to keep it around. I’m also still thinking about that two servings nonsense. It puts me in rant mode, which I sort of like

Habits Make the Man

We are all creatures of habit, going about our daily lives without giving it much thought. The same thing happens with our eating habits. Our favorite foods, snacks, times and places to eat. Mostly done out of habit. Have you ever polished off a bag of chips without even realizing your eating?

Most people vastly underestimate what they eat every day. In fact, it’s not uncommon for a person to ingest from 3,500 to 4,000 calories or more every single day. Double on weekends! Small wonder we carry a few extra pounds.

Follow yourself around today and track what you eat and drink out of habit. If you’re presently following a specific diet program, think back to what you used to eat. This is the first step in developing new habits that will support the body size and level of health you want to achieve.