5 More Reasons Why You Should Cut Soda Out Of Your Diet…Now
Almost every weight loss success story usually starts with cutting out soda. For example, Huffington Post recounts the tale of a woman who was 263lbs. Then, she stopped drinking soda, and what happened? “In 2012, I started cutting back on how much soda I was drinking, and I lost some weight by accident.” She just lost 16 pounds by accident – that’s quite a change. And after changing her lifestyle this lady went on to lose an additional 107 pounds.
How Soda Causes Weight Gain
There something refreshing about opening up a can of sweet, bubbly goodness. Which is probably why the average American will drink 45 gallons of soda annually. A 20 oz bottle of soda contains 16 teaspoons of sugar. Any wonder why the United States is by far the most obese nation in the world?
One of the most important facts about soda is that you can become extremely addicted to it. Cola works through the addiction substance: caffeine. Soda’s ‘liquid candy’ sweet taste comes with a mental addiction to the concoction. If you’ve ever been on a cola fix and tried to stop it – you know what this detox reaction feels like.
Other Reasons to Quit Drinking Soda
Do we really know what it is that manufacturers put into those bottles? Well, whatever those ingredients is, here are the 5 reasons why we believe you should swap out soda for a healthier alternative.
It won’t help you lose weight. Regular consumption of soda will put on extra pound. Just one 12 oz can of Pepsi a day will add 18 pounds of body fat. Many people make a New Year’s Resolution to lose a few pounds and eliminating just this one habit can eliminate almost 20 pounds. Diet drinks still count though! When you drink calorie-free sweets our body gets confused. It releases the hormone insulin since it expects sugars to arrive in the blood stream, but those sugars never arrive. When our insulin levels are high losing weight is almost impossible. And the end result is increased fat cell production. Quite the opposite of a calorie-free drink.
Artificial Sweeteners are dangerous. Yes, the Food and Drug Administration has approved all of these sugar substitutes (other countries don’t allow them). But there has been enough studies done that suggest that these artificial sweeteners can cause cancer and another serious diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Until the scientists sort this out, it’s best to not risk your health on it.
Diabetes. Numerous studies have shown a link between soda consumption and type 2 diabetes. A single can of cola has 10 teaspoons of sugar. If you drink just one Dr. Pepper a day for a year, you’ll have consumed 32 pounds of sugar! Picture that. Take a 32 pound sack of sugar and strap it to your waist to walk around with for a day…The high amounts of sugar in soda has been shown to increase your chance of getting type 2 diabetes. Diet drinks may increase the chances even more than regular drinks. Since every time you drink a calorie free sweet treat your body releases insulin. And eventually the pancreas can become worn out and stop working.
Tooth Damage. Soda is extremely damaging to your teeth. And often times we sip a soft drink slowly, which is far worse than guzzling it down. Soda covers your teeth with sugar, phosphoric acid, maic acid and/or citric acid, artificial sweeteners, and artificial colors. These ingredients all cause tooth damage. And the coloring can cause your teeth to turn brown.
The ecology. Billions of empty plastic bottles and cans are filling our landfills every year. Recycling helps, but it barely touches the huge problem we face. Watch this video to learn more.
If anything, it’s probably best just to cut out the soda from your diet entirely. Many who have done so even say that it tastes terrible, once you haven’t cracked open a can in while. Just taking a wild guess at this, but perhaps it never really tasted all that good in the first place. I wonder what’s kept us hooked all these years, despite its obvious health hazards. Addictive industrial-grade chemicals and slick advertising have worked before, come to think of it.