If you think that merely paying close attention to the food you eat by counting your calories, and adding some exercises to the mix is enough to keep you in shape, think again.

According to the Trends in Intake of Energy and Macronutrients—United States study conducted from 1971-2000, the average daily number of calories consumed by women in the US increased by 335 calories per day (1,542 calories in 1971 and 1,877 calories in 2000). As for the men, the average increase was 168 calories per day (2,450 calories in 1971 and 2,618 calories in 2000).

Now, most of these extra calories came from an increase in carbohydrate, rather than fat consumption. But, what’s interesting to note is that The Global Epidemic of Obesity overview, indicates that the primary sources of these extra carbohydrates were sweetened beverages, which now accounts for almost 25 percent of daily calories in young adults in America. So, if you’re accustomed to diet sodas (and the likes), you could be packing on the calories by the gallons, with little to no nutritional value.

Think about it. Do you really notice how many coffees, sodas, and iced teas you load up on in the day? On the other hand, if someone had put a cup of yogurt or takeout food in front of you, you’d be scanning it for calorie count and low-fat labels like the FBI.

If a drink at hand is what you need during the day, swap the sodas for a cup of green tea, or a simple infusion of honey, ginger and lemon in water, to dissolve the fat instead of packing on the pounds.

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Charlene Flanagan is a lifestyle journalist whose love for language drove her to earn her Bachelor’s degree in English literature, as well as pursue her Masters in Arts. Over the last five years, she’s contributed to a number of leading publications, and has particularly enjoyed reviewing books and restaurants, as well as interviewing celebrities. Her recent switch to a holistic lifestyle has her looking at her food choices very differently—although she won’t admit it. When she’s not busy writing up about workouts, home remedies, and skincare essentials, she spends her time being the quintessential city girl who’s excited to see what life has in store for her.