Diet, Weight Loss

The Calories In Your Drink

The Calories In Your Drink

How important are the calories in your drink? Most serious dieters check the number of calories in most foods they consume. Perhaps even go as far as avoiding high calorie foods. But, do you have any idea how many calories you are drinking? Chances are you do not as this is probably the one area which most health conscious people overlook, the calories in your drink.

While there is no harm in having a cup of coffee in the morning for energy or unwinding with a couple of glasses of wine, the beverages you drink daily can add onto your calorie allowance. To give you an idea of just how much drinks can jeopardize all the hard work you put into dieting , here is a look at the rough amount of calories present in our favorite drinks.

The Calories in your drink – Coffee

We all love the pick-me-up effect of coffee. It gets us going in the mornings and alert during long nights of studying or pile up of work. Luckily, we do not have to cut back that much. A bit of coffee is good for your health due to the presence of antioxidants in the drink. The problem however comes in when we start adding sugar, cream, milk, and other flavoring in our coffee.

Depending on what you add, a cup of coffee can move from having very few calories to being a calorie-ridden drink. For example, an 8-ounce cup of brewed coffee has only 2 calories. Add 2 tablespoons of cream and the calorie count shoots up all the way to 106. Alternatively, adding 2tbsp of half & half will drive the calorie count to about 42. Adding 2tbsp of plain powdered non-dairy creamer can see calories add up to around 68.

Store bought coffee brands usually have the most calories as they are loaded with additives and sold in large servings. A few examples include a 16-ouche cup of:

  • McDonald’s Mocha which has 330 calories
  • Starbucks café Mocha (whip) which features 360 calories, and
  • Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha (whip) with an unbelievable 560 calories

Drinking the average 3 cups of coffee that most Americans indulge in daily, ( per research here) can result in loads of extra calories without even knowing it.


Some dieters find it easier to kick out foods such as fries and chocolate from the diet than to forgo nights out of drinking with friends? If so, you are in for a rude awakening. The rough estimate of calories in alcohol is as follows:

  • 120 to 126 calories for every glass of wine
  • Between 103 and 250 calories per pint of beer – depends on the nature of the beer (regular, light, hard cider, etc.)
  • 97 calories and above in a glass of common liquors (vodka, rum, whiskey, tequila, gin)
  • From 97 to 250 calories for cocktails glasses
  • Up to 700 calories in a Pina Colada

Soft Drinks

Despite their sweet taste that makes them a popular choice for many non-alcohol consumers, soft drinks are calorie traps. This is mainly because of the high sugar content they pack. This sugar only works to add onto already present calories making them very high in calories. For example, a bottle of Coca-Cola contains around 240 calories as well as 65g of sugar while a 250ml can of Red Bull contains up to 114 calories plus 27.5g of sugar.

If you are on a low calorie diet, consuming any of these drinks can be detrimental to your weight loss efforts. So, make it a point to limit calories in your drinks or at least factor them into your daily calorie counting.

For other weight loss set backs, read my previous blog here