People often overlook the calories contained in their favorite soft drink, fruit juice or sports drink. A regular soft drink has as many as 150 -200 calories per 12 oz. can. Drink three 12 oz servings daily throughout one week and your total calories consumed equals 3500 – the same amount of calories in a pound. Fruit juice and sports drinks are not much better at up to 180 calories and over 100 calories respectively. Switch these calorie-rich drinks for water and now you are looking at loosing weight.
You might be thinking this does not apply to you since your drink of choice is diet. Besides ingesting chemical sweeteners with unknown health hazards, you are also setting yourself up to gain weight. A recent study conducted at the University of Texas, cited in Eating Well Magazine, showed that people who drank two or more diet sodas daily had a six-times-greater increase in waist circumference at the end of the 10-year study span than those who didn’t drink diet soda at all. It is thought that diet soda can even make you crave more sweets thus sabotaging your weight loss efforts.
Bottom line, ditch the sugary drinks (both soda and fruit juice) for water and start losing the weight.
Bonus Tip: The average person should consume 64 oz of water a day to keep properly hydrated. If you are overweight, you should drink an additional 8 oz of water for every 25 lbs you are overweight. If you are working out, this amount should be increased as well.