Are you a diet soda drinker? Low-calorie soda is one of the most popular beverages out there, but it isn't the magic trick you may be hoping for. New research shows those diet sodas are likely to catch up to you later on in life.
Diet Soda and Your Waistline
When diet soda was first introduced back in the 1950s, it seemed like the answer to every soda-lovers' prayers. Now, everyone could drink soda without the guilt and consequences, right?
But while diet soda may be low in calories, a new study shows it can actually deter -- and even counter -- your weight loss efforts as you age. Just published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, a new study of 749 adults aged 65 and older showed those who drink diet soda on regular basis gained, on average, triple the belly fat over a span of nine years than those who don't. The study showed those who drank diet soda daily gained an average 3.2 inches to their waistline while those didn't drink soda at all gained 0.8 inches. As for the occasional diet soda drinkers, they still saw a larger increase, at 1.8 inches. Having more weight around the midsection is more taxing on the internal organs and can increase your risk for diabetes and heart disease.
Removing diet soda from your diet is a great way to kick your weight loss efforts up a notch. But how do you do it?
10 Ways to Kick Your Diet Soda Habit
If you're trying to cut back on the amount of diet soda -- or soda in general -- that you drink, you're in luck. Try these 10 strategies to help you ween yourself off the sugary drinks:
1. Do a detox and see how you feel. A safe detox consisting of only whole, organic fruits and vegetables, protein and grains and without any processed foods or drinks can really show you what your body has really been hungry for.
2. Avoid carryout meals that are often accompanied by soda. That's just one more reason to do weekly meal prep and pack your own lunch.
3. Drink green juice which is packed with vitamins and minerals and can help reduce sugar cravings over time.
4. Go for teas that are naturally sweet and can be consumed hot or cold like licorice and rooibos. Both have bright, satisfying flavors.
5. Add more hydrating foods to your diet. Foods that are mostly water, like watermelon, cantaloupe and citrus fruits will help satisfy a craving for something sweet and refreshing while also keeping you hydrated.
6. Taking chromium polynicotinate, a mineral supplement before a meal can help reduce sugar cravings. Aim for 200 mcg a day.
7. Give your meals the boost they need to prevent blood sugar spikes and crashes with lean protein and whole grains. These foods will keep you feeling awake and energized longer so you don't seek a pick-me-up in a can.
8. Make your own flavored waters by soaking fresh fruit and vegetables in cold water overnight in your fridge. You can also add herbal extracts or even kola nut extract, which has a similar taste to cola.
9. Start drinking sparkling, or carbonated water. You'll still get the refreshing bubbles, without all the additives.
10. Drink a glass of water with each snack and meal to fill you up and keep you hydrated so you don't feel ravished enough to reach for soda.
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