Stop drinking soda–you could lose 5, 10, 15 lbs or even more without lifting a single weight, running an inch, or dieting. In fact, if you cut out 1 Coke per day…ONE…you’d lose 14.6 pounds per year. Who said weight loss wasn’t simple?
Cutting out all soda and sugary artificial drinks from your diet can have a MAJOR effect on your weight, body composition, skin, teeth and overall health. And yes, that includes diet soda as well.
Soda, diet soda, Hawaiian Punch, YooHoo!, Red Bull, Arizona Iced Tea, etc. are a few of the worst drinks you can possibly put into your body. I would even go as far as to say that they’re just as bad as cigarettes. Obesity is just a little bit of an issue…soda/sugary drinks are major contributor.
Soda is loaded with sugar, chemicals, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial sweeteners, and completely lacks anything remotely close to nutritious. One can of Coca-Cola Classic has 140 calories/40g of sugar, and one can of Hawaiian Punch has 180 calories/45 g of sugar, plus both have high fructose corn syrup. That’s more sugar than you should have in an ENTIRE DAY! And let’s be realistic…if you’re an avid soda drinker you probably drink more than one soda per day.
Experiment: Measure out 10 teaspoons of sugar and put it on a plate. Think about it. That’s the amount of sugar in one single Coke! Nasty! It’s amazing that anything would ever need that much sugar to taste good.
The Negative Health Impact of Soda
How does all of that sugar affect your body? If you drink one Coke per day, which seems pretty harmless, it’ll add up to 980 calories per week, or 51,100 calories per year. Considering that there ~ 3,500 calories in a pound of fat, that’s about 1/3 of a pound per week and 14.6 pounds per year. And that’s only drinking one Coke per day! If you drink two Cokes per day that doubles to about 2/3 of a pound per week and 29 pounds per year. You get the idea beyond that.
Think of all the hard work in the gym it would take to lose that amount of weight. Unbelievable. Better yet, think of how much better your results would be–and your body would look–if you cut out soda altogether.
Beyond weight gain, soda causes a ton of additional health issues, including:
It has no nutritional value, including: no protein, healthy fats, vitamins, or minerals.
It stimulates appetite. For the calories soda won’t fill you up…it’ll actually make you feel more hungry.
It spikes insulin, which causes the body to store body fat. Additionally, the large HFCS content causes the body to store even more body fat. Every single soda or you gulp down literally makes you fatter.
Drinking soda often will repeatedly spike insulin levels, cause insulin resistance (when insulin no longer functions the way it should), and eventually lead to Type-II Diabetes. Not fun.
Soda replaces water, milk, green tea, and other drinks that are really healthy.
It causes acne and blemished skin.
It cause cavities, tooth decay, and poor oral health.
Soda creates weak bones. The phosphorus in soda saps calcium from bones, making them more frail and prone to injury.
Conclusion: Cut out all soda and artificial drinks. They make weight loss SO much more difficult than it needs to be.
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