In their 2009 Coffee Drinking Trends Survey, the National Coffee Association (NCA) found that Americans sure do like their coffee. Fifty four percent of American adults drink coffee every day (another 25 percent drink it occasionally), and about 14 percent of those daily coffee addicts drink gourmet coffee beverages. Coffee drinkers in the U.S. don't just sip in the morning -- they average about 3 cups of coffee every day. That can add up to a lot of unwanted calories, depending on your preparation.
Brewing your own coffee in the morning, instead of relying on a fancy concoction from your local coffee shop, can save you calories and sugar, especially if you're partial to sweet coffee beverages. One cup of black coffee has no fat and almost no calories, but with each teaspoon of sugar, you're adding 50 calories. Take it light? Each tablespoon of cream adds 20 calories and about 2g of fat. Adding flavored syrups, whipped cream and caramel drizzles quickly transform your caffeine fix into a calorie, sugar and fat-laden dessert. Prepare your morning cup at home and you'll be less tempted to turn your caffeine fix into dessert.