Losing Weight Just By Choosing Better Liquids
Did you know that a 20-ounce soda, like a Pepsi, has 69 grams of carbohydrates and 250 calories! This astounding fact, these astronomical amounts of carbohydrates and calories in just one soda, is both very good news and very bad news.
The very bad news is that millions of people are drinking soft drinks and consuming unprecedented amounts of calories in the form of carbohydrates, sugars, and high fructose corn syrup. These drinks have zero nutritional value. Some of the doctors I work with in the field of weight loss and obesity refer to them as “diabetes delivery vehicles”. How many people do you know who drink two or three or four or even five or six Cokes or other soft drinks a day? The harm that consuming that much carbohydrate brings is quite substantial. Massive carbohydrate calorie intake quickly leads to the metabolic syndrome, obesity, elevated blood pressure and the onset of diabetes. Those conditions bring about early and very serious health problems including heart attacks, strokes and other deaths.
Wow! So what’s the good news?
Well, the good news is that if you currently are in the habit of drinking soft drinks, fruit drinks, even fruit juices on a regular basis every day, then you have an amazing opportunity to very quickly and very successfully lose weight and become healthier by making one single change in your routine: Eliminating high carbohydrate drinks.
But wait, some people say, “I’m totally addicted”, and, “I can’t stop drinking my favorite soda pop”, and “I love it, it helps me get through the day.”
Let’s face it, no change is easy. All of the behavioral, activity based, and overall lifestyle changes that I write and speak about to my patients are more difficult than this one single change of eliminating high calorie soft drinks from your diet. In other words, there is no single change that is easier and that has a greater impact on your health and weight than this.
Our rule at iMetabolic is all drinks must be zero calorie. (The only exception for this is children who may choose milk or water as their beverage).
But how do I Eliminate High Carb, High Calorie Drinks?
If you really feel like you can’t live without your high calorie, full sugared, high fructose corn syrup laden beverage, first consider the harm it is doing to your body. If you are trying to lose weight and become healthier, adding in 200, 300 or 400 calories per drink several times a day is immediately leading you absolutely no room to consume any good quality calories. The soft drinks are typically high in sodium which can lead to elevated blood pressure, but the killer is really the carbohydrate calories. This is a highly effective way of tacking on pounds and pounds of fat and developing diabetes, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome and obesity.
Now is the time to switch from high sugared, high carbohydrate drinks to equally delicious zero-calorie beverages. That’s right, equally delicious. It just takes a little time and there is a little pain involved in the transition, but you will be completely and equally satisfied with one of the many zero-calorie drink options available today. These include all kinds of energy drinks, non-carbonated beverages and “diet” sodas and soft drinks.