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Soda/Pop/Sodapop/Coke, It doesn't matter what you call it as long as you call it empty calories.

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Soda of any kind is justempty calories even beloved DIET sodas. According to a Texas study they found that drinking dietsodas may actually increase your weight. Below are the results:

Fowler's team looked at seven to eightyears of data on 1,550 Mexican-American and non-Hispanic white Americans aged25 to 64. Of the 622 study participants who were of normal weight at thebeginning of the study, about a third became overweight or obese.

For regular soft-drink drinkers, the riskof becoming overweight or obese was:

  • 26% for up to 1/2 can each day
  • 30.4% for 1/2 to one can each day
  • 32.8% for 1 to 2 cans each day
  • 47.2% for more than 2 cans each day.

For diet soft-drink drinkers, the risk ofbecoming overweight or obese was:

  • 36.5% for up to 1/2 can each day
  • 37.5% for 1/2 to one can each day
  • 54.5% for 1 to 2 cans each day
  • 57.1% for more than 2 cans each day.

For each can of diet soft drink consumedeach day, a person's risk of obesity went up 41%.

Why would a drink with no caloriesincrease your weight? The theory behind this is that when your body getssomething sweet it is expecting to also receive a bunch of calories. When itdoes not receive those calories it triggers a response for you to eat morecalories. This makes sense, but it is just a theory, but my question is whocares about how this really works. In this study you can clearly see thatdrinking regular or diet soda will increase your weight. So of course mysuggestion is to STOP drinking soda and flavored drinks as soon as possible.

5 tips to quit drinking soda:

1.Get your fizz on elsewhere. It tastes good. With its bubbly fizz and sweetflavor, soda makes for one lip-smacking beverage. But you can trick yourmind-and taste buds-into thinking the same thing about a number of differentdrinks such as sparkling water or naturally carbonated, sugar-free fruitbeverages. Drink some seltzer with a splash of juice for a little flavoring.Adding chopped-up fruit such as lime or watermelon to water will also boostflavor in a perfectly healthy way.

2. Find a caffeine substitute. It's late afternoon and you've lost your pep.You're craving caffeine. Your first instinct is to race to the vending machinefor a carbonated diet drink. But rather than sip on something laced withhard-to-pronounce artificial sweeteners, explore other energizing options. Andcreamy, sugary coffee drinks won't cut it. Turn to green tea, fruit smoothies,or a variety of other healthy alternatives to power through the afternoon

3. Change your attitude! It's normal to believe that gulping down a can ofdiet soda, instead of regular soda, will shave calories off your daily intake,but that kind of mentality will get you in trouble. Simplyadding diet soda to the diet does not promote weight gain or weight loss."

4. Hydrate with H20. Do not use diet soda as a replacement for plainold H20. Try to keep a refillable water bottle handy at all times and take along swig before you drink anything else. It's calorie-free,caffeine-free, inexpensive, and readily available.

5. Don't quit cold turkey! If you're a diet soda lover, it won't be easy toswear off the pop right away. And that's okay! Wean yourself off slowly and beprepared for withdrawal symptoms. It willget easier over time. In fact, you may soon find that you prefer other, healthierdrinks.

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