This is one of the conditions for achieving success in weight loss, weight management, and improving your health. I can still remember when I was a kid playing in the suburbs of Chicago. We were not allowed to drink a soda everyday. We were told to get a glass of water from the tap, or use the hose outside the house if we felt thirsty.
Nowadays, the average American drinks 1.5 cans of soda in one day. This equals to 230 calories intake per day. You might be thinking “Hey, it’s not a big deal, it is only 230 calories!”. Well, I can tell you that it is a BIG DEAL! 230 calories means a lot of things. The following example will point out how big a deal it is.
Let’s say you gain 2 pounds over a month. There are 3500 calories in a pound of fat. The formula below helps you to calculate (on average) the extra calories you consumed day by day over your caloric expenditure:
“Number of pounds gained times 3500 divided by 28 days equals extra calories per day.
2 x 3500 divided by 28 = 250 calories per day. ”
1.5 cans of soda, equal to 230 calories intake a day; compared with water which has zero calories intake. This means you can take out almost 250 calories in your body per day if you stop drinking soda. This simple rule can help you avoid weight gain if you apply it in your basic daily routine.
Okay, maybe you think that you can have diet pop. It sounds reasonable. But sorry to tell you that it doesn’t work! Many studies have stated that there is a relationship between weight gain and diet pop consumption.
Yes, maybe you have your calorie intake reduced, but you still feel unsatisfied from the thirst or hunger. This causes people to overeat. In addition, most of the diet products contain artificial sweeteners, colorings and ingredients which stress your liver.
In order to recompense, your liver and body need the water contained in your diet soda to help detoxify your system. When the water cannot go to the rest of your body cells, this will cause mild dehydration and reduce your metabolism process and energy level. In conclusion, the calories consumed may be less, but you can still gain weight easily.
Water contains no calories, no cholesterol, no fat, no artificial chemicals and sweeteners. It is low in sodium and is not acidic. It is a natural appetite suppressant and aids your body in metabolizing stored fat. It provides good hydration and helps to decrease joint, muscle and back pain as well.
Water advances the energy and muscle tone, helps to avoid mental confusion and disorientation. In the fast food nation which everything comes in super-size meal portions, it is time to change from the super-sized soda intake to a daily, super-sized water intake.