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Once you've embarked on a diet, you're actively committed to avoiding the usual suspects: cake, biscuits, chocolate, cheese,etc. However, all that effort and denial can combine to force your beleaguered body to look elsewhere for taste gratification. The danger, as we've heard lately in smoothie and fruit juice related wake up calls, is that some drinks pack a wealth of calorific content. You assuage your conscience by convincing yourself that it's just your thirst you're quenching, while simultaneously banking a couple of the recommended five a day. Unfortunately, the juicing process removes a lot of the fibre, but not the calories or sugar content of  all that squashed together fruit.  It's time to wake up and smell the coffee, or then again perhaps not...

It's the coffee that we treat ourselves to when we're out and about that's the real problem. These days most coffee shops and cafés have such a tempting range of gourmet coffees (such as the cafe mocha) and our insatiable human desire for something new gives rise to ever more variety, much of it containing sugar, flavoured syrups, cream, full fat milk, not to mention sprinkles. The wise and resistant among us will stick to pure and simple coffee, taken black or with a soupçon of skimmed milk. The rash and optimistic contingent (surely I'm not the only member of that group) will feel convinced that beverages don't count as food and plough into something a little more luxurious. Top of the calorie range for coffee drinks in the USA is a 32oz frozen mocha coffee coolatta with cream that contains a monumental 1,050 kcal, 53g fat and 127g sugar. How anyone could drain 32oz of the stuff is a question worth pondering, but we have no room for complacency here in the UK; even a modest medium latte, with no extras at all, can contain over 200kcal.

So if you've decided to trim the waistline prior to the Christmas season a judicious espresso could be the way to go, or even a traditional pot of tea.

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