TweetWhether you are trying to get rid of an unattractive beer belly or want to look amazing in that swimsuit, the battle of reducing belly fat can be a tricky one to win. The good news is that it’s absolutely possible to reduce the pounds in a relatively short amount of time. How to lose weight comes down to one solution: burning more calories than you take in. Therefore, you either have to burn them, or decrease your calorie intake. One way to accomplish this is to eliminate soft drinks. First we’ll cover soda, and then we’ll look at some other options.
You may think that drinking just one soda a day doesn’t make that much of a difference. If you’re an active person and have your weight under control, then having the occasional soda is fine. But let’s take a closer look at how that one soda can add up and what the impact on your weight will be when you switch to a calorie-free alternative.
We will use some simple math to see what a positive difference this one small change can make when trying to lose weight and be healthy. The first thing to know is that every 3,500 calories you get rid equals one pound. Next, a regular 12 ounce can of soda contains 150 calories. Alright, here’s how it works out…
365 days in a year X 150 calories per 12 oz. = 54,750 total calories.
54,750 calories divided by 3,500 calories = 15.6 pounds!
Now that’s a small and simple change that can add up to significant weight loss just for one soda a day! And if you happen to drink soda in bigger bottles, it could make a difference of 30 pounds or more. Make sure you are careful that you don’t replace those calories with other calories. In other words you have to cut those calories out completely to get the full benefit of your weight loss efforts.
So, what are the other options? Many people think juice is a good replacement for soda. Not if you’re counting calories it isn’t. For example, while soda may have 150 calories per 12 ounces, grape juice has closer to 250. Some juices have higher water content, so you’ll have to check the label to be sure. However, if it’s a choice between soda and fruit juice, go with the juice. At least the juice contains some vital nutrients while soda is nothing but empty calories.
Another thing you may not be aware of is that the sugar in soft drinks can make you thirsty. This will put you into an endless cycle of drinking calorie-laden beverages to reduce the thirst that the same beverages are causing.
The best way to quench your thirst when trying to lose weight is water. Always keep a large bottle of water within arm’s reach throughout the day, making it easy to take a sip when needed. So the next time you think about drinking a soda please consider an alternative of water or fruit juice.