I have to admit that I have a soda addiction. I’m not proud of it, but they say that being able to admit you have a problem is the first step. When I was a kid, I was lactose intolerant, and had other digestive issues. My Mom, God bless her, gave me Coke to settle my stomach. Whether it works, or, it’s just mind over matter, it always seemed to work for me, so began my addiction. I have since grown to like Diet Coke, due to calorie savings, but with all the artificial sweeteners and other added ingredients, it is truly no better for you. I have made many changes to my lifestyle, but my soda addiction is a lingering issue.
Obesity and Soda Addiction
When you consider how quickly any one of us can put away a can of soda, it’s no wonder that having a soda addiction is one of the main components of obesity. Some people can consume 1000 to 1200 calories per day just in sugary soda! That blows me away. I guess I figure if I am going to ingest that many calories in a sitting, it should be a 3 course meal. I know many people can come back with, ” I drink diet soda.”, I am a diet soda drinker. Did you know that something in diet soda increases the hunger hormone, ghrelin? Not to mention, when you drink a diet soda, you feel like you have calories to spare on your meal and you eat more, or you think to yourself, sure, I can have desert. Sugary soda or diet, your soda addiction can aid to obesity.
Cure your Soda Addiction
My soda addiction is still alive and well, however, I have set some ground rules to prevent me from making it my main form of hydration. I never drink soda before lunch. I have coffee in the morning, my Visalus Shake for breakfast, and a bottle of water mid-morning. I usually treat myself to a diet soda with lunch, and not again until dinner. It is my long term to goal to kick my soda addiction completely, but until then, I will follow these rules, and limit my sodas to 2 a day.