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Don’t drink your calories! Or don’t drink your points if you’re doing Weight Watchers.

I gave up soda when I started Weight Watchers. I thought I did anyway. I gave it up for Diet Coke, Coke 0, and every other diet drink out there thinking I was doing right by not drinking the average 150 calories found in a 12 ounce can. (For those drinking regular soda, if you drink 5 twelve ounce sodas a day that is 750 calories wasted.)

What I wish I knew then that I know now…

Diet soda provides zero nutritional benefit and all you are drinking is artificial sweeteners. I read about this online and I saw on Dr. Oz that the artificial sweeteners in diet sodas triggers something in your brain to make you crave more sweets. I have always been a sweets person so I cannot comment on that except to say that it makes sense. The more sweets you taste the more you want it.

Also, something to consider that I read in “The Skinny Rules” by Bob Harper. He mentioned one of the ingredients in soda being corn syrup. Corn syrup is made from a bushel of corn. What do factory farms use to fatten up their cattle? They feed them corn. So if we are drinking sodas with corn syrup it is something to think about. Are we cows? Well… no!

It does not stop with soda. Juices and juice drinks are just as bad and most have the exact same number of calories and sugars as a regular soda. In my charge at throwing information at friends, I’ve had a few mention they gave up soda for other drinks. Juices, lemonade, whatever. All are wasted calories and no better for you than a coke.

The solution… WATER, water, water, and more water. I drank diet soda up until about 3 months ago. Switched to water only when I hit a plateau and dropped 5 pounds. I found myself to be more full, ate less, and overall had more energy because I was hydrated. I still drink a diet coke every now and then. Especially if I’m out at a restaurant eating dinner, but as of 2 days ago no more. I only drink water and diet Green Tea Citrus. It’s really good so if you see it in the store you outta try it.

There are a lot of benefits to drinking green tea besides being for weight loss alone. Just a few… it helps with treatment and prevention of cancer, is used to treat multiple sclerosis, used to stop Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, raises metabolism, reduces risk of heart disease, reduces level of cholesterol, and treat rheumatoid arthitis.

Yeah and I totally looked those benefits up just now. I’ve read them before, but of course did not have them memorized. If anyone knows any supplements to a better memory please let me know.

In the meantime, one suggestion I read in Harper’s book was to drink an entire glass of water before every meal. That’s an easy change to start with right?