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Week 4 Challenge:
Cut out soda and other sugary habits and replace it with water
Cutting out sugar-filled beverages is a very effective way to help your weight loss. Making this one change alone will cause you to lose 15 pounds in a year.

One 20 ounce bottle or can of soda (the most popular size) contains 250 unnecessary calories and the equivalent of 16 teaspoons of sugar. Taking in these calories does not satisfy your appetite so you will still eat as much or more food. Substituting with diet soda is not a good alternative because the sweet taste can trigger sugar cravings.

Below are some tips to help you cut out the sugary drink habit:
∑ Frame it positively in your mind. Think of it as giving yourself the gift of good health, rather than taking something away. Then find a substitute for the soda.
∑ Have a glass of sparkling water with lemon, lime or a piece of orange.
∑ Steep a couple bags of a tasty herbal tea in hot water for a couple of minutes. Then add some ice cubes. This is a flavorful and satisfying drink.
∑ Try green tea instead. It is loaded with health benefits.
∑ Drink a big glass of water instead-it will quench your thirst and take away the craving.
∑ If you must have a soda-limit it to one half can per day and share it with a friend.
∑ Flavor your water with a small amount of juice-cranberry, blueberry, and pomegranate. These all contain antioxidants which are very beneficial for your health.
∑ Donít replace the soda with juice-this too contains a lot of sugar and adds calories. It is better to eat fruit in its whole state.

Tahosa - Trekker of the San Tans


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