How to Lower Calories in your Favorite Latte

There is a lot of controversy surrounding ‘light’ and ‘diet’ products, as they are said to only substitute instead of effectively eliminating calories and fat from your meals. Worse than that, a lot of these products are packed with artificial substitutes, which are a lot worse for you and tend to confuse your body, leaving it with the impression that it needs more food than it actually does.

There are times and situations, however, when you can really benefit from opting for a ‘light’ version instead of the regular one you’re used to. That is the case with your morning latte, for example.

drinking latteA lot of people can’t live without their daily shot of coffee, and others simply enjoy the trendy latte beverages served by cafes and coffee shops. The calories contained in these hot, sweet and energizing drinks can really add up over time, though, making even very active people gain some weight due to their morning habit alone.

The good news is that you don’t actually need to give up dairy or caffeine in order to keep your waistline in check — you only need to make a minor change to your order, which you may hardly even notice, especially over time.

A study conducted using Dunkin’ Donuts as an example has found that people can easily be persuaded to order a ‘lite’ latte instead of their regular beverage, and that makes all the difference. But what does that mean?

The regular latte is made with whole milk, which makes it 170 calories and 9 grams of fat per 16-ounce serving, while the ‘lite’ version uses skim milk which is fat-free and will only add 110 calories per serving to your daily intake.

60 calories or 9 grams of fat may not seem like a lot. And maybe it really isn’t if you only have a latte once in a while. But for those who have coffee every morning before work, opting for the skim milk version even just a couple of times each week can mean ingesting a whopping 4,550 calories less than they would otherwise. As a result, it will prevent you from gaining more than one pound over the course of the year.

This is a compromise that will make no difference to your wallet or the taste of your coffee, but can have a huge improvement on your health and fitness over time. If you want to go even further though, you can give up whole milk altogether, both at the coffee shops and at home, making the calorie count even lower.