Fat Loss Nutrition

Soda Calories are Ruining Your Weight Loss Results

Written by Marlee B.

Here’s the trouble with bubbles: we crave them. We crave the energizing jolt, the pleasant fizz, and the sweet taste yet it takes a lot of practice to self-master our cravings.

Cravings are an interesting part of our nature because they are deeply linked to our core human needs. We look to them for comfort, control, or coping.

Do you find your soda consumption to be excessive or addictive? Do you use it as a way to decompress, alleviate your stress, deal with emotions or out of boredom? If so, don’t worry – I’m here to help!

Whether you are a six-pack-a-day drinker or the occasional soft-drink-sipper, we are going to discuss not only why you should stop drinking soda, but how.

4 Big Reasons Why Soda is Ruining Your Results

I think most of us in our subconscious mind know that too much soda isn’t the best for us. Not only for our weight but it is also counterproductive to other important functions in our bodies.

1. Soda Adds a ton of Extra Calories to Your Diet

glasses of different colored soda

One can of Coca-Cola contains 160 calories, which doesn’t sound like much at first thought. However, consuming only one can per day leads to an extra 4,800 calories per month, and 57,600 calories per year!

Those soda calories are more easily turned into fat in our bodies than from fat in food, and fat often contributes to cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and a decline in kidney function.

Likewise, when we drink our calories, our bodies don’t register fullness as quickly as when we eat them so we tend to drink more and more soda (did I just hear “free refill”?!) without getting a signal from our bodies to stop.

2. Soda Dehydrates You

But isn’t soda mostly water? Shouldn’t it help to hydrate you then? Well, simply put, no!

What you want is for your heart to be replenished with water, but caffeine and sugar don’t replace any of the fluids you lose while you sweat.

The caffeine will actually make you need to use the restroom more quickly, and you will lose more fluid.

3. Soda is Bad for Your Skin

woman checking her skin in the mirror

Have you noticed a change in your skin? Eating or drinking foods high in sugar can mess with your insulin levels and lead to the formation of acne.

Soda is also very acidic, which causes a dull, dry, and lifeless complexion. So, the choice is yours, soda-lovers: DC on the rocks or sun-kissed, radiant skin?

4. Soda is Bad for Your Teeth

Sugar and carbonation destroy tooth enamel and leeches calcium from teeth. I know this because I worked as a dental assistant once upon a time, and let me tell you: soda is a dentist’s nightmare.

Aside from tooth decay, colored sodas can also stain the surface of your teeth. That’s something most wouldn’t smile about. Have you heard the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones…and soda’s just as bad?”

Our bones naturally weaken as we age but drinking soda can certainly exacerbate the problem.

(Although, when it comes to sugar, cavities shouldn’t be your biggest worry!)

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How to Stop Drinking Soda

Personally, I haven’t indulged in a single can of soda in over a decade. Some people are amazed when they hear this and wonder the ‘how’ or ‘why’ behind this lifestyle.

As a teenager, I didn’t really care for the taste of it (okay, except for Sprite to go along with my tuna sub) so I didn’t drink much to begin with. But not only that, I noticed the effects it had on my skin. What teenage girl wants more acne, anyhow?!

I also noticed how tired soda made me feel, and a little bloated. As an active dancer, I wanted clear skin for the stage and I honestly enjoyed water much more so saying goodbye to sugary drinks wasn’t hard for me. I understand, though, that it can be for others.

I’m not a nutritional expert, but here are my 4 tips for how to stop drinking soda:

1. Identify Your Triggers

woman sipping on a tall soda fountain drink

We talked earlier how some may turn to soda as a way to cope with stress, boredom, and emotions, or you may notice you only drink soda in certain places or situations.

You may not be able to completely avoid these scenarios (we’ve still got to go to work) but if it’s the office vending machine that tempts you, pack your own healthy beverage or refillable water bottle so you have an alternative.

2. Be Mindful of Your Body

Your skin, hair, bones, teeth, as well as the potential for future health problems like diabetes. Our bodies are wonderful creations and we should want them to achieve all the day-to-day tasks, experiences, and opportunities that they have the potential to do.

Once we put this in perspective, it can be easier to make healthier choices.

3. Fill-Up on Water First

Before you pop open a new can, reach for a full glass of water first and see what that does to your cravings. If that’s too much, simply start drinking half-soda, half-water.

You will automatically be drinking less sugar, hydrating your body, and filling up with water. Soon your taste buds will change and you won’t need the sweetness of soda anymore!

If you find yourself bored with the taste of water though, there are multiple ways to change it up! We will talk about those soon.

4. Aim High, Start Small, and Keep Going!

Even a small win is still a victory! If you typically drink multiple servings of soda a day, try cutting back to one a day. Adjust gradually, and that should lead to a sustainable change.

But if you need soda, chances are your body is actually craving some essential nutrients. As you are in the process of breaking your soda habit, you will find that some days are harder than others.

On the hard days, look forward to tomorrow and know that you can always start over and try again.

Healthy Alternative to Soda

So, soda-lover. What are you to do?! Especially when hot days like today beg for a cold glass of liquid? Since soda never really feels like it quenches thirst very well (remember, it dehydrates our bodies), here are 4 favorite soda alternatives.

1. Fruit Juice & Sparkling Water

A glass of sparkling water with slices of kiwi

A splash of any fruit juice like apple or orange into some sparkling water keeps the calorie count low and still maintains a perky sweetness. It’s also carbonated, so it closely matches the consistency of soda.

2. La Croix Sparkling Water

This is a trending drink that helps make it easy to quit soda. Though the cans may look like it’s filled with the latest fizz, the bubbles are light and frothy and the flavor is just intense enough to be pleasing.

With 0 calories, 0 carbs, and 0 sugar, it’s the fastest-growing unsweetened sparkling water brand, with sales more than $225.5 million in the last two years. My suggestion: get your hands on a can to taste for yourself what the hype is all about!

3. Coffee or Tea

A glass mug of steeping herbal tea

If it’s the caffeine that attracts you to soda, there are alternatives for you as well. An obvious choice is a coffee, even though it has significantly more caffeine than soda.

Along with sugar, caffeine can also affect you so it’s best to be consumed in moderation. Green teas are also great alternatives because they come packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

4. Bai Antioxidant Infused Drinks

Bai is an antioxidant-infused water made with various fruit extracts and white tea (which has been shown to break down fat) that is addictively delicious. It has a crisp taste that hydrates as you need it and keeps you functioning at full capacity.

5. IdealBoost

Here’s another terrific option for a low-calorie, sugar-free, weight loss drink. It provides you with your afternoon “boost” of energy when you need a pick-me-up. With a blend of green tea and caffeine, it offers metabolism-boosting benefits and up to three hours of appetite control.

IdealBoost can also be used anywhere – the office, your car, at your child’s soccer game – because it comes conveniently packed in individual servings. Swapping out your daily soda with IdealBoost will give you more energy and your ideal shape!

The Diet Debate

Truth be told, almost anything is better than soda. It can totally wreck your weight loss results if you let it.

But if it’s your “I-gotta-have-it” food, simply save it for your special occasions and be more mindful about when and if you are going to drink it.

The key to anything is moderation and perfecting the art of balance!

Lose Weight the Healthy Way!

Fad diets won’t help you live a healthy lifestyle, but with the IdealPlan, you will be well on your way to the health you’ve always dreamed of. Lose weight & keep it off with healthy meal plans, workouts designed for weight loss, and a supportive online community to keep you motivated.

Check Out the IdealPlan Today!

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