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Drinking Better

What do you drink to help with weight loss?

Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: One of my favorite snacks, isn’t really a snack at all, but a beverage. I’ll drink a box of Horizon organic milk. It’s low in fat and high in calcium. The boxes are a perfect portion. I prefer the chocolate flavor, but the vanilla is good too.

Jennifer Bacani McKenney, MD, a mom a two-year-old daughter who’s expecting another baby and a family physician, in Fredonia, KS


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Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: I carry a 32-ounce water bottle with me all day, everywhere I go. I try to make sure that I empty it by the end of the day. 

Amy Barton, MD, a mom of an 11-year-old daughter and 8- and 5-year old sons and a pediatrician at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital in Boise, ID

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Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: I drink at least two cups of freshly brewed unsweetened tea each day. Tea is calorie free, and it boosts energy, enhances immunity, prevents cancer, and protects against heart disease.

I also aim to drink two liters of plain clean water a day.

I completely avoid drinking all sugary beverages, such as soda, sweet tea, fruit drinks, chocolate milk, and dessert coffees. These beverages actually work against weight loss. They drive your blood sugar down too low too fast—which then makes you hungry!

Ann Kulze, MD, a mom of 24- and 17-year-old daughters and 22- and 21-year-old sons; a nationally recognized nutrition expert, motivational speaker, and physician; and the author of the best-selling award winning Eat Right for Life book series.


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Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: When I decided that I wanted to get pregnant I was about 30 pounds overweight. I had observed that women who began pregnancy overweight didn’t seem to enjoy the “fun” second trimester as much as women who began pregnancy at a healthy weight. The first thing I did to lose weight is I stopped drinking calories. I’m a big hot tea drinker; tea is my thing. I used to put a lot of sugar in it, and I cut that out. I was also drinking a lot of Southern style sweet iced tea, and I stopped that too.

The ironic thing about drinking is that it doesn’t fill you up. If you ate a 300-calorie snack, you’d feel full. But if you drink 300 calories of soda, it doesn’t fill you up. You want to eat a snack with it!

I switched to putting Spenda in my tea and drinking water instead of sweet tea. I’m not going to waste calories, I thought.

Deborah Gilboa, MD, a mom of 11-, 9-, 7-, and 5-year-old sons, a family physician with Squirrel Hill Health Center in Pittsburgh, PA, and a parenting speaker whose advice is found at AskDoctorG.com

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