I love the fizzy feel of soda pop, but didn't like the calories and nasty ingredients. I was also trying to lower my sodium. I switched to seltzer water, which I can flavor with real fruit juice like lemon and lime. This has saved me money, improved my health, and I even like the taste of it quite a bit more!
I'm sure others have said this, but tracking your food is key to staying on track. I ate a meal out of my house for the first time in about 2 weeks. It was a sit down restaurant and I started thinking of excuses to have a burger and fries(and almost ordered a sprite) for almost 1100 calories(not even including soda)... Once I thought about having to log that in, I found something a lot healthier for only 550 calories and it came with vegetables!
I used to drink a lot of soda, but I'm not as tempted since I bought my Sodastream machine! I bought the Crystal Light Lemonade syrup for it and it gives my all the delicious fizzy goodness for only 5-10 cals a glass. An average glass of soda is over 100!
Cut out all sugary drinks from your diet. There are much tastier and more satisfying ways of consuming calories. Drink water all day, all of the time.
Today is my ninth day without drinking soda. I was a Diet Coke addict and always HAD to have that fix. I unconsciously gave it up just after Christmas and haven't looked back. I feel better and my workouts (surprise!) are so much easier to complete.
When I gave up soda, I did it by drinking water-- every time I went to grab a soda, THOUGHT about grabbing a soda, or even SAW soda, I drank a glass of water instead. After a few weeks, I was off soda for good, and onto a healthy water habit.
I will admit that I am addicted to Coca-Cola. Diet Coke tastes DISGUSTING to me and Coke Zero is a little better, but still tastes weird to me. Recently, I discovered Diet Dr. Pepper. It is really good and doesn't taste diet-y at all! It really helps take the edge off my soda cravings and I don't have to worry about calories at all!
Plan you menus. How many calories, protein, carbohydrates, and fats do you need for each day?
I LOVED diet soda, have had it for YEARS. The last diet I was on said to not drink it. I thought I would not be able to handle that request! Well, I surely surprised myself. I have not had diet soda for over 1 year Plus I don't miss it either. I drink water and tea and coffee. Mostly water. I just forget to mark it off every day.
Using a Soda Stream home water carbonator helped me to abandon soda entirely and increase my water intake.
Start a new healthy habit by picking one small step that you cannot fail at. That way you are starting with success and you can build from there. For example, if you wanted to stop drinking soft drinks, tell yourself you will switch from a large size to a medium.
If you are having difficulty getting over regular soda and want to switch to diet soda but can't stomach the flavor try filling most of your glass with diet and topping it off with the real stuff. It gives it the flavor of regular but for a fraction of the calories.
My body seems to think it ate something when I drink a Diet Shasta since it has splenda in it. So, I drink one when I just want something sweet but I am not really hungry. Then my body seems to get busy burning what I already own on my body since nothing new is in my tummy.
I used to think I could never go without a soda. Just thinking about not ever drinking a soda again would make me crave it even more. It was actually a lot easier than I thought, to kick. I mainly drink water and one cup of coffee a day.
When you are feeling thirsty don't grab a soda. Drink a glass of water first, then sip on your soda. Water is better than any sodas, even diet sodas. If you were like me and could drink a 2 Liter in a day, you will notice that your calories will be drastically cut down.
I love seltzer/sparkling water but really don't like schlepping all those heavy bottles home. I recently purchased a SodaStream seltzer maker and it's WONDERFUL. Fresh bubbly water, no calories, no more plastic bottles, and no more breaking my back! They also kick in samples of flavors to try out.
Juice can be high sugars and calories. However, if you cut it with water, it lasts longer, tastes less sweet, but just as satisfying, and keeps those calories in check. Instead of water, use club soda for a great soda substitute! I now only use a splash of juice for flavor.