NEW YORK (AP) -- Dieters might pay a lot of attention to the foods they eat, but they sometimes forget to pay attention to what they drink.

Sodas and juices often have many calories that dieters forget about, and thus they sabotage their good intentions.

Weight Watchers offers the following tips to help dieters control the amount of calories they consume.

Serve noncaloric drinks when desirable and appropriate. The exception: Lowfat or no-fat milk is always good.

Choose solid over liquid. Eat fruit instead of drinking fruit juice; choose vegetables instead of vegetable juice. Although a great source of vitamin C and potassium, fruit juice lacks the fiber of solid fruit.

Think water all the time. Hands down, water is the ultimate thirst-quencher. An essential staple, water is the drink of choice for in-between meals and whenever thirst strikes.


Dilute calories in drinks containing alcohol. Order wine spritzers, and use diet soda as a mixer in cocktails. Alternate "virgin" and "hard" drinks during social events with extended cocktail hours.

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