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Stop Drinking Soda and Improve Your Life: The November 2013 30 Day Challenge

Craig Leonard October 29, 2013
30 Day Challenge - Nov 2013

Stop drinking soda?!? Have I gone crazy? Keep reading to find out…

According to the National Soft Drink Association (NSDA), the average person in the U.S. consumes more than 600 12-ounce servings of soda and diet soda per year. That’s almost 2 sodas per day!

And we wonder why we have an obesity epidemic in this country, with the number of diabetics more than tripling since 1980. Call me crazy, but perhaps ingesting around 80 grams of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) from sodas alone on a daily basis has something to do with it?

And before you diet soda drinkers get all pompous on me and tell me you’re okay because you choose to drink zero-calorie sodas, consider this: Recent findings by an 8-year study at The University of Texas concluded that diet soda drinkers are more likely to be overweight than those who drink regular soda.

Here’s an excerpt from a report of the university study provided to WebMD:

“What didn’t surprise us was that total soft drink use was linked to overweight and obesity,” Fowler tells WebMD. “What was surprising was when we looked at people only drinking diet soft drinks, their risk of obesity was even higher.”

“There was a 41 percent increase in risk of being overweight for every can or bottle of diet soft drink a person consumes each day,” Fowler says.

In case you missed it, this lengthy study found that people who only drink diet sodas have a higher risk of obesity than those who drink regular soda.

What most diet soda drinkers fail to realize is that the artificial sweeteners used in diet sodas trigger the same production of fat-storing hormones (like insulin) as their calorie-laden counterparts, leading to the same resulting onset of insulin resistance, diabetes, obesity and increased cancer risk.

Still think my challenge to stop drinking soda altogether is ludicrous?

These are REAL PROBLEMS that soda is a HUGE contributor to. But they are also problems that are 100% AVOIDABLE.

Stop Drinking Soda

If I had to choose one food item that, when eliminated, would be the most beneficial to one’s health and physical appearance, soda would be a real contender to make the top of this list.

Let’s think about the quantitative impact replacing soda with water, tea or coffee will have on the average American. One 12-ounce can of Coke contains 140 calories and 39 grams of sugar (the numbers for Mountain Dew and most energy drinks are even worse).

Multiplying this by the 600 servings the average American is consuming each year means the average person in the U.S. consumes 84,000 calories and 23,400 grams of sugar (carbs) each year – just from the soda they’re drinking.

Stop drinking soda and the average person can effectively cut out 24 pounds of fat-storing energy from their diet in a year, and also place a significant dent in their carb intake.

Remember, this is considering a yearly consumption of 600 12-ounce sodas. It’s safe to assume that some of you reading this are likely taking down well over 600 cans of soda in a given year.

I realize these calorie and carb numbers may not add up the same for you diet soda drinkers. As I already explained above, drinking diet soda still leads to hormonal deficiencies and a number of other considerable health risks for you. In fact, studies relating to the health risks of ingesting artificial sweeteners (like those found in diet sodas) are finding convincing proof that artificial sweeteners are extremely dangerous.

They increase the occurrences of miscarriage, cancer, tumors (malignant and benign), allergies, ADD, migraines, and the list goes on.

This is why I’m so passionate about you taking on this month’s challenge to stop drinking soda, as it will truly have considerable implications in your life.

Stop drinking soda. Or don’t. The choice is yours…

I will admit that this month’s challenge to stop drinking soda is much more about all of you than it is about me.

Other than the occasional soda (I drink about 6 per year) most of the fluids I drink are water, black coffee and teas. So abstaining from soda during the month of November will be similar to any other month for me.

Nevertheless, those of you who regularly drink soda and diet soda are severely compromising your health and I hope you’ll take this challenge seriously. I can think of no other single nutritional change that will benefit you more.

What can you expect when you stop drinking soda?

You will lose fat. You will feel better. You will have more energy. Your mood will be improved. You will immediately improve your health. You will greatly reduce your long-term health risks.

And you will prove to yourself that you absolutely can live without soda and that your quality of life will be noticeably improved as a result.

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