Are you a soda junky? The success of the soda industry suggests that many of us are certainly taking in more carbonated beverages than are good for us. A small 12 ounce can of soda contains between 140 and 180 calories depending on the brand and flavor of soda. If you consume even one canned soda, you have already almost reached the recommended amount of sugar for the day.
One 12 ounce can of soda contains ten teaspoons of sugar, and the numbers just go up the larger the serving you consume. Loaded with sugar, carbohydrates and calories, it is clear to see how soda does not benefit our health. However, many people still drink several sodas every day. In fact, some studies suggest that the average American consumes over 40 gallons of carbonated beverages every year.
It is the most consumed beverage in the country, beating out both water and beer. We all have this general idea that if we drank less soda we could be healthier, but just how much will cutting soda help you?
Cutting out soda is one of the most effective ways to have successful weight loss. If you drink several sodas each day, you can easily cut out 500 calories or more per day. While sodas taste wonderful, they contain what is known of as “empty” calories that would be much better used by consuming healthy food. Just cutting out sodas alone can help you reduce your calorie and carbohydrate intake to such an extent that you could lose up to a pound a week depending on your overall diet and activity level.
Another benefit for weight loss is that after you detox from the addicting nature of sodas, which will take a few rough and tumble days, you will actually have more energy and feel like moving around more which means you burn more calories. You almost do this by default. As you can see, there are tons of benefits to cutting soda out of your diet for just this reason.
As mentioned before, sodas have a large amount of sugar! Just one 12 ounce can contains almost a total day’s allowance of sugar. Drinking large amounts of soda can contribute to a very dangerous disease in our country: diabetes. Most adult onset Type II diabetes can be prevented by watching what you eat and having a diet low in sugar and carbohydrates. Soda is packed full of both. Even if you have already been diagnosed with Type II diabetes, you can help control your glucose levels by reducing the amount of soda you consume. Again, you will probably lose weight as well, which only helps control your diabetes.
Just how much will cutting soda help you? Tremendously! Try it out. If you can’t stop cold turkey, just cut your consumption by half for a few days and then by half again until you are not drinking sodas at all. It really is easier than you think, and the benefits you reap are more than worth it!