We all try to watch what we eat, but how many of us really think about what we drink? According to the University of North Carolina, if you substituted water instead of that latte or soda, you could cut 450 calories per day out of your diet. This could help you lose about 1 pound of fat per week!
Why is diet soda not a good idea if we can’t drink normal sweetened soda? Well, lets cover a few good points:
1. Just because diet soda is lower in calories doesn’t mean you won’t gain weight:
New research suggests that consuming sugar or artificially sweetened beverages may lead to cravings sweetness overall. That means sweeter (and more caloric) cereal, bread, dessert. For those of you who that have problems resisting your cravings, it is a hard one to beat.
2. Drinking diet beverages all day will prevent you from drinking water or other good liquids our body needs to thrive:
Diet soda is 100 percent nutrition-free. One diet soda a day is okay, but if you’re downing five or six cans, that means you’re limiting your intake of healthy beverages.
3. Aspartame is bad:
Aspartame is 180 times sweeter than sugar. There have been animal studies which have shown evidence of a linkage to brain tumors and lymphoma. Aspartame often causes dizziness, headaches, diarrhea, memory problems and moodiness.
Water is the best bet for keeping hydrated and staying healthy. If you don’t like the taste of water, add a lemon, lime, orange or even a cucumber to add a little flavor.