Coffee: Small Changes, Big Change

The promise of a hot cup of coffee is enough to pull me out of bed in the morning.  And along with a snack, it’s also a relaxing way to slow down the afternoon.  Before bringing a Keurig machine into the house several years ago, I wasn’t much of a coffee drinker.  The allure of being able to brew a cup at a time, instead of an entire pot, eventually won me over.  (Ironically, I could probably brew and finish an entire pot by myself now.)

In the beginning, I’d pour in whatever dairy I had on hand and spoon in an undetermined amount of sugar, not paying much attention to how much of either.  Eventually I realized that the heap of sugar and splash (or two) of dairy were probably adding up to more calories than I wanted, so I set out to quantify and subsequently decrease both.


Measuring out sugar and creamer, I realized that I liked about two teaspoons of sugar and a tablespoon of creamer.  Over the course of several months, I was able to slowly whittle down the sugar to a teaspoon and the creamer to two teaspoons.

Adding a teaspoon less of sugar and adding about a tablespoon less of creamer to a cup of coffee may seem rather trivial at first glance.  Assuming that I drink three cups of coffee per day, that seemingly trivial reduction in sugar and creamer add up to 120 calories (and 25g of sugar) per day!  Saving those 120 calories per day over the course of the month, if all other variables remained constant, adds up to entire pound lost!  The math is simple.  This equals 12 pounds lost over the course of a year… just by a gradual and seemingly trivial reduction in sugar and creamer.

Before making or ordering your next cup of joe, consider a gradual scale-back in sugar and dairy.  You might be surprised how little you miss it and what a difference it can make in your bottom line.


One thought on “Coffee: Small Changes, Big Change

  1. I bought a Kreuig and my coffee consumption went way up. I’m just now getting it back down to 1 or 2 cups a day. I love my Kreuig and I enjoy a good cup of coffee but I have to use self control with the coffee and what I put in it. Great Post! Thanks

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