For the first time ever, Americans will consume more bottled water than soda in 2016. That’s great news.
I like a refreshing soda as much as anyone, but the truth is that it’s a health disaster. A single can of Coca-Cola contains about 1.4 ounces of sugar in the form of high-fructose corn syrup.
That’s 140 calories per can, with not a single nutritional benefit to speak of.
Let’s put that in perspective:
- Daily soda drinkers could lose about 15 pounds of pure body fat over the next year just by replacing one can of regular soda with water.
- Gamecock fans, listen up! The average person would have to walk around Williams-Brice Stadium three to four times to burn off the calories from a single can. That’s about 30 minutes of walking at a brisk pace to work off a can of soda that takes all of 10 minutes to consume.
- A 24-pack of regular soda contains enough calories to fuel a runner for an entire Boston Marathon.
I always guide our gym members to think about the big wins when thinking about changes they could make to their diets to improve their fitness. Cutting out sugary drinks like soda is a very big win — the kind that can result in substantial weight loss with very little change to your daily life.
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