Most of us know that soda is no good for us. It can be refreshing and satisfying as well as addicting. If you are having trouble kicking the habit, there are many ways to make the process of giving up soda easier. One way is to wean yourself off slowly, mix your soda with water, and keep track of your calories to see how many extra calories soda adds to your diet.
- Problems with soda (regular and diet) include: added calories, tooth decay, diabetes, bone thinning, heart disease and depression.
- Strategies to help you replace the drink: try decaffeinated, dilute it with water, switch to unsweetened tea, try seltzer, and add citrus or mint to water.
- How to change your behavior: wean yourself slowly, remove triggers, track your calories, dink it only on special occasions, drink water first, try natural brands.
“And whether you’re a six-pack-a-day drinker or an occasional soft-drink sipper, cutting back can likely have benefits for your weight and your overall health”