Soda. Pop. Whatever you call it, it’s scary. The average American drinks 53 gallons of soda a year. If those 53 gallons are regular, not diet, soda that comes to about 49 pounds of sugar. POUNDS PEOPLE! If you are living a healthy lifestyle, I think drinking soda is one of the biggest sabotages against yourself. It’s not worth it!
Soda is loaded with caffeine, high-fructose corn syrup and empty calories. It not only causes weight gain, but also increases your risk of diabetes, bone weakening and tooth decay. If you occasionally have a soda as a treat, it isn’t any more harmful than any other treat…but I’m preaching to you folks who have multiple sodas daily and who feel differently when you don’t have soda. I’m not judging ya, but I’m talking to ya…
Great Info From Medical Daily
So what’s the big deal? Just a soda, right? The problem is what happens inside your body after you drink soda. As soon as you swallow your pop, your body gets to WORK. The pancreas quickly begins to make insulin in response to the sugar that you just poured into your body. Insulin is a hormone the body uses to move sugar from food or drink into the bloodstream, where cells are then able to use sugar for energy. Within just 20 minutes, blood sugar levels spike and the liver responds to the insulin by turning sugar into fat for storage. Sugar to fat in 20 minutes y’all. I can’t even take a shower that fast!
Within 45 minutes of drinking just one soda (20 oz), your body has fully absorbed the caffeine, and reacts by dilating your pupils and raising blood pressure. Also, you produce more dopamine, which stimulates the pleasure centers of the brain — just like a low-grade line of cocaine. Can we say sugar addiction?!
After about an hour, your body will start to crash from the sugar rush, which cues you to snag another soda, and you are stuck in this cycle.
A Calorie is Not a Calorie
A calorie is a unit of energy, but not all calories are created the same because of the way our body processes them. Since your body turns the sugar from soda into fat for storage, a calorie from a soda can do some serious damage. Further, calories from soda contain NO nutrition. So while an apple might have a lot of sugar as well, it also has fiber that your body needs. When a calorie is empty of nutrition, and is processed into fat in your body, you are not doing yourself any favors by consuming it regularly.
So, how can you break the cycle?
Hopefully, if you are here reading this, you are interested in how to get yourself UNhooked from the fizzy lifting drink.
If you can go cold turkey, just go on and do it. It’s the fastest way to break a habit, but if you are worried about withdrawal or willpower, here are some steps you take to be done with pop in a month:
Week 1: Switch from regular soda to diet. I am not implying that diet soda is better for you, because it isn’t. It is full of nasty chemicals, but if you need help to step down from regular soda, take help from diet. This will start to break your body’s addiction to sugar. Also, consume at least 1 less soda per day.
Week 2: Switch to caffeine free soda. You may feel withdrawal symptoms such as headache. Ibuprofen may help, but sometimes a caffeine headache has a mind of it’s own. This one is tough, hang in there.
Week 3: Cut your soda consumption in half. If you drink six sodas a day, cut back to three. Ideally, replace those three sodas with water, but if you crave the fizz, try sparkling water!
Week 4: This is it! Go soda free this week. If you find yourself craving a soda, drink a glass of water and pop in a piece of gum to take your mind off of it. You can totally do it!
While I’ve never felt dependent on soda, I definitely used to drink it, and diet at that. I thought, what’s the harm in a tasty Dr Pepper Ten? Now, I’ve gotten to the point where I can’t feel okay putting that into my body. I know I have nothing to gain from it (except some more flub in my belly) and that it is doing me no favors. Water is my go to sip these days, and I’ve never felt better! Cheers!