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A latte here, a sweetened iced coffee there —it’s hard to think that your trips to the coffee shop could be impeding your weight-loss goals, but those extra calories can add up quick! In fact, it takes just an extra 100 calories a day to gain a pound a month. Although many coffee shops have lightened drinks, they still might not be your healthiest option when it comes to getting your cup of Joe.

Read on for our top tips for enjoying your Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts or your favorite coffee shop guilt-free!

1. Order a cup of black coffee. Skip the specialty drinks at the coffee shop altogether and instead order a cup of plain, black coffee. Not only is it cheaper, it’s virtually calorie-free. If you like sweetness or a little milk, add it yourself so that you know exactly what’s going in your cup of coffee shop java!

2. Get the smallest size. Getting a larger size may save you a few pennies, but is your health worth it? At Dunkin’ Donuts, for example, ordering a 10-ounce small instead of a 24-ounce large can make a very big difference, especially if ordering a caramel coffee with cream. In this case, you’d actually save 170 calories! When ordering custom coffee shop drinks, it’s best to stick to a small portion size. All good things in moderation.

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