Is coffee creamer fattening?

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    I feel like an idiot for asking because I think it probably is, but I wanted to confirm. I usually weigh 118-120 lbs. I have gained 5 lbs and now weigh 125 lbs. I wouldn't care if it is over time, but this occurred over a short period of time. I feel like I am eating healthier more fruit in diet, pretzels and hummus for a snack, I have always eaten salads, and I think I have eaten out less than normal. I try not to keep sweets around (part because I am not a sweets fan and part because it's not good for you). My activity level is about the same.

    I have been drinking more coffee than I used to and I use either cream and sugar (Sweet n Low) or liquid flavored creamer. That's the major difference between then and now. I don't drink much water at all and sweet tea and coffee are my major fluids (some milk in there, but not much).

    I don't think I am overweight because I am not. However, my pants are getting tighter and I can't fit into them as good as I used to. I have no plans to go shopping for new ones, so I would rather lose the 5 or so lbs that I have gained.

    Any thoughts? Do you think it's the creamer?
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    Probably depends on how much creamer, and what type. Even if you use whole cream there are about 50 calories in a tablespoon. To gain one pound of body fat, you need to consume about 3,500 calories. So, that would be 70 cups of coffee with cream to gain a pound. Drinking two cups per day, you'd gain about a pound in a month. Unless you're drinking much more coffee than that, it's doubtful that it's simply the cream.

    Sweet tea may be the culprit. In a McDonald's large sweet tea (using that brand as an example) there are 230 calories. That's a LOT of sugar! Besides the calories, consuming massive amounts of sugar can lead to insulin resistance which can ultimately can lead to type 2 diabetes.

    You'd be better cutting back on both the cream and the sugar, not just for weight gain, but for the associated diseases fat and sugar can cause. Have you had your cholesterol levels checked?
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    Don't know about the weight- gaining capacity of calories in coffee creamers, but I think you'd have to be guzzling the stuff ??? Are you really sure your activity level has NOT changed? Even a minimal change might be imperceptable.

    PP's response is pretty much on tack.
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    I was drinking around 4 cups a day. I would fill the cup around a quarter or third of the way with liquid creamer or use 3-4 packets of creamer and 3 Sweet n Low packets.

    I had my cholesterol checked once. It was not great, but it wasn't too bad either. I don't remember the numbers exactly, but I remember that it could have been better. I don't have diabetes, but my mom has cholesterol issues and my dad has hypertension (which recently caused an acute MI).

    Maybe I do need to exercise more...I just know that my pants are too tight and I am huffing and puffing more. I am not overweight or fat at all (5'5" and 125 lbs). My family is having to over haul our diets completely anyway and watch our sugar and sodium intake because of dad's MI (we are doing it as a family, instead of him by himself). Right now, he can't do anything exercise wise but walking due to stent placement through femoral artery (risk for bleeding and/or nonadhesion of the stent to surroundings), but we have discussed exercising more as a family.

    It sucks when you gain weight and you have no idea why you are gaining weight.
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    I have no idea how old you are, but sometimes people jump in weight in their late teens, or early twenties--others lose a few pounds during that period without trying. A third of a cup of any kind of creamer isn't going to be the best thing to consume--especially 4 times per day--think about it, that's over one cup of creamer each day!!!

    You might try gradually cutting back so it's easier to adjust to the different taste. I used to pour cream in my tea and never thought I'd switch to anything lighter. But, by first going to half and half, a few weeks later using whole milk, then 2%, then eventually I switched to skim milk in my tea. Sure, it's not like cream, but then again we don't eat chocolate cake for breakfast, either!

    Making changes in your diet will help your dad make changes in his. It's probably better not to have creamer in the house--or anything else 'off limits' for a person with HTN who just had an MI. Do him (and your mom and yourself) a favor and cut back on the butter, cream, red meats, etc. And go for walks together when he's able.

    Back to the question of your age... I'm assuming you're no more than 30 years old. That's very young to have cholesterol levels that are 'not great'. As you're probably aware, HTN and cholesterol problems can be familial, so developing good habits now will be to your advantage, later.

    Wouldn't it be great if chocolate and butter were health foods, and spinach and green beans were junk foods?
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    I am in my mid twenties. Yes, I am aware cholesterol and hypertension can be familial. I love healthy foods, so it's not that I won't eat them. I might need portion control on some things as well; maybe start writing down exactly what I eat. Plus, cut back on coffee and sweet tea and add more water. I had increased the coffee because I quit drinking and when I would want to drink, I would drink coffee instead of alcoholic beverages.
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    Uh....just asking, but... Any chance you're pregnant?
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    Absolutely not.

    Maybe fluid retention? Can you still have fluid retention even with regular voiding? Maybe hormone fluctuations?

    Either one of you have tips on getting fat off of the hips and toning the buttocks and thighs? I know, being a woman, it's normal to carry fat there, but I would rather be toned than have fat there.
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    Quote from wish_me_luck
    I was drinking around 4 cups a day. I would fill the cup around a quarter or third of the way with liquid creamer or use 3-4 packets of creamer and 3 Sweet n Low packets.

    I had my cholesterol checked once. It was not great, but it wasn't too bad either. I don't remember the numbers exactly, but I remember that it could have been better. I don't have diabetes, but my mom has cholesterol issues and my dad has hypertension (which recently caused an acute MI).

    Maybe I do need to exercise more...I just know that my pants are too tight and I am huffing and puffing more. I am not overweight or fat at all (5'5" and 125 lbs). My family is having to over haul our diets completely anyway and watch our sugar and sodium intake because of dad's MI (we are doing it as a family, instead of him by himself). Right now, he can't do anything exercise wise but walking due to stent placement through femoral artery (risk for bleeding and/or nonadhesion of the stent to surroundings), but we have discussed exercising more as a family.

    It sucks when you gain weight and you have no idea why you are gaining weight.
    One table spoon of liquid flavored creamer is 35 to 45 calories and 2 grams of fat PER SERVING if you use 3-4 servings that can add up to 180 calories and 8 grams of fat PER CUP.....at 4-5 cups a day that can be up to 900 calories a day and 40 grams of fat.....a day!

    If you do this every day that is 6,300 calories per week which is 25,200 calories per month if this is over a couple of months that is 50,500 extra calories.

    That is a lot of calories. without the Sweet Tea.
    vintagemother and imintrouble like this.
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    What Esme said.
    Just because an amt is small, doesn't mean it doesn't have alot of calories.
    Measure out the creamer, a tbsp at a time, then you'll know.


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