If you’re struggling with weight loss chances are you drink at least one can of soda on a daily basis. Have you ever stopped and wondered how many calories your favorite fizzy beverage has?
I predict you haven’t, but you should! Because I am going to portray how just one tiny change can bring you immediate results to your weight loss goals.
Below are the 10 top most popular soft drinks in the world based on Beverage Digest’s 2013 data.
Yes, everyone’s favorite original Coke is world’s most popular sugary beverage, this is not a surprise. Let’s take a look at how much sugar is in that thing.
According to the… Internet, one can of original Coca-Cola is 140 calories. Which means just by drinking one can per day you will gain approximately 13.44 pounds of fat every year. Or you can not drink it, and you’ll lose that much with literally no effort.
#2 Diet Coca-Cola
The diet version of the most popular beverage contains around 4 calories. But diet soda is also a very bad idea as a substitute. I’ll explain why below.
According to the Internet again, one can of Pepsi is 150 calories, which equals to 14.4 pounds of fat per year.
#4 Mountain Dew
One can of Mountain Dew is 170 calories, which translates to 16.32 pounds of fat every year.
#5 Dr. Pepper
One can of Dr. Pepper is 150 calories, which is, again, equals to 14.4 pounds of fat per year.
One can of Sprite is 140 calories, which is similar to its’ red brother’s (or is it sister?) amounts – 13.44 pounds of fat every year.
#7 Diet Pepsi
Same as #2.
#8 Diet Mountain Dew
Same as #2 and #7.
One can of Fanta is 160 calories, which translates to 15.36 pounds of fat per year.
#10 Diet Dr. Pepper
Same as #2, #7 and #8.
Now as you can see by looking at these insignificant, at first glance, numbers it is very easy to gain a lot of weight (it’s also very easy to lose it, following the same principle, but backwards).
But this does not stop there. The fatter you get the more energy your body requires, which means after the first year you will have to consume two sodas per day, instead of just one.
This will keep snowballing until one of the two things happens: you die from obesity, or you finally wake up and cut soda out of your diet completely. The choice is yours.
Diet soda is also a bad idea.
You may think that switching to diet soda is a good idea, but unfortunately it’s not. Here’s why. If you pay attention to every nutrition label on these drinks you’ll notice two ingredients that are always present: caffeine and salt (sodium).
And salt, well, salt just makes you thirsty.
Strategic placement of these ingredients along with a truckload of sugar leads to what?
It leads to thirst. And what do you naturally do when you’re thirsty? You either drink more soda, or you eat more food, because thirst is often mistaken for hunger. It’s actually brilliant, if you think about it.
I hope this painted you a vivid picture and now you know why you need to stop drinking soda… like… right now! Stop!