Friday, December 30, 2011

Addicted to Diet Soda?

Cracking open a can of diet soda instead of regular pop? As this may seem like a good idea at first, but research continues to show an alarming truth between diet soda consumption and weight gain. Though the sweet, bubbly drinks may taste good, they're certainly not good for your body. Diet sodas may not have the sugar or calories of regular soda, but it's filled with other health-draining chemicals, including caffeine, artificial sweeteners, sodium, and phosphoric acid. Also don't forget to click on the links down below for more info.
Ask the Diet Doctor: Can Diet Soda Make You Fat?

1. Change your attitude! It's normal to believe that consuming a can of diet soda, instead of regular soda, will shave calories off your daily intake, but that kind of mentality will get you in trouble.

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2. Search for caffeine substitution. You're craving caffeine and all you can think is that delicious soda but go for the diet so you won't feel guilty. But rather than sip on something bind with hard-to-pronounce artificial sweeteners, explore other energizing options. Turn to green tea, fruit smoothies, or a variety of other healthy creative alternatives to pump you up through the afternoon.
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3. Get your buzz elsewhere. It's a bubbly buzz and sweet flavor, soda makes your lips trimle for the taste to come. We get it. But you can trick your mind and taste buds into thinking the same thing about different drinks such as sugar-free fruit beverages, sparkling water or just plain water.
4. H2O is the way to go. Though diet soda doesn't cause dehydration, those who habitually consume it tend to use it as a replacement for plain water. Try to keep a refillable water bottle handy at all times and take a long gulp before you drink anything else.  Water it's calorie-free, caffeine-free, inexpensive, and readily available.
5. Cold turkey! If you're a diet soda lover or even a regular soda lover, it won't be easy to swear off the pop right away. Detach yourself off slowly and be prepared for withdrawal symptoms. It WILL get easier over time. In fact, you may soon find that you prefer other, healthier drinks. I'm still having problems detaching myself completely but it has been better.

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