Friday, August 10, 2012

Little things to keep you healthy: Don't drink your Calories

Don't let Liquid Calories do this to you
Ya, ya, ya....we hear this all the time.  To lose weight or not to gain weight don't drink your Calories. 

Let's focus on the obvious first:  Weight gain.  Being overweight will harm your health in many aspects:  Bones, joints, heart...just to name a few. 

The consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages has been linked to rising rates of obesity in the United States. The standard explanation is that energy-containing liquids are less satiating than are solid foods. However, purely physiologic mechanisms do not fully account for the proposed links between liquid sugar energy and body weight change.  (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition)
We just don't realize how many calories come from what you drink.....unless you pay attention.  Sugars in liquid form are absorbed rapidly into our bodies.  When this happens:  Newton said it best:  For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, your body will react in many ways including: weight gain, diabetes, heart disease and some research says; even cancer. 

"A nine-year study followed older adults who drank diet soda daily. The results showed a 48 percent higher risk of stroke, heart attack and death, even after adjusting for other risk factors. Arguably, this study hasn't been published in a peer-review journal and may have other confounding factors. However, as a nutritionist who has observed patterns of America's intake of artificial sweeteners, I've seen their long-term effects firsthand. Research on these sugar substitutes connects diet soda consumption to metabolic syndrome, chronic kidney disease, and Type 2 Diabetes."  (Carrie Wiatt, M.S., Diabetic Connect)
We all know that weight gain can lead to heart disease and high sugar intake can lead to Diabetes.  The question is this:  Is your health worth replacing your high sugar liquid calories with water?  I am lucky I never got "addicted" to soda but I have friends who are.  Take it one day at a time:  Let's face it.....water has been, will always be the best choice to drink.  To begin with replace one soda, energy drink, etc. with water for one week and I bet you won't even notice losing that sugary drink.  Keep going and each week replace another.  By the time you have replaced all sugary drinks with water I bet you won't even miss them. 

Don't get your energy from liquid calories.  Vitamin B12 shots work so much better and are so much healthier for you!!

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