In order to bring a level of consistency to my blogging, I wanted to dedicate one post a week to a valuable tip or thought about health and fitness that has been on my mind. That being said, since Monday is generally accepted as a fresh start to the week, I thought it would be the perfect day to share some insight that can help make each week better than the last. Sometimes it may be a video, others a full article, maybe an infographic here or there, WHO KNOWS! Just be sure to check back each Monday to find out a new tip to help you live a healthier, happier life!
Welcome to “Make a Difference Monday”![Tweet “By replacing sugary drinks with water, in a week you would save yourself 3/4 of a lb in calories!”]
This week’s helpful tip is simple, effective, yet probably much harder to carry out than some people may think:
Stop drink soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, fruit drinks, sugary teas and replace them with good clean water.
Tweet that message, share it on Facebook, Instagram yourself drinking a big glass of water! I don’t care how you do it, but this is a message that needs to be spread to everyone.
Recently I have seen a lot of posts about how much sugar there is in fruits and how you need to avoid eating them so that you don’t eat too much sugar. I can understand that to a degree depending on what your weightloss goals are, however right now I am not concerned about natural sugar that comes packaged inside of a delicious fruit along with loads of nutrients and minerals. The war that needs to be waged is against ADDED sugar.
Here are some interesting statistics that may help you set down that bottle of Coke:
- The American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than 6 tsp and men no more than 9 tsp of added sugar per day
- One 20 oz. Coke containers 15 tsp of sugar
- The actual amount added sugar consumed by the average American per day is 23 tsp
If none of those stats interest you, here is one for anyone concerned with counting calories when trying to lose weight:
385 – Calories consumed daily from added sugars by the average American
That is the AVERAGE! For those of you who think about weight loss in terms of calories in versus calories out, this one should be an eye opener for you. If you replaced all of those sugary and drink more water, over the course of a week you would save yourself 3/4 of a lb in calories alone. Expand those results out over the 52 weeks in a year and you save almost 40 lbs! That is without lifting a single weight, running a single mile, or doing any sort of additional exercise.
Drink More Water, Pay Fewer Doctors
Replacing sugary and drinking more water maybe one of the best things you can do for your waistline, but it is even more important as far as your overall health is concerned. Many of the most common health issues facing Americans these days can be positively impacted by reducing added sugar intake.
Added sugar is a contributing cause to the below health concerns:
- Heart Disease
- Metabolic Syndromes (high blood pressure, blood sugar, lower “good” cholesterol)
I don’t know about you, but nothing on that list sounds particularly fun to me. Luckily the solution is simple: Drink more water, reduce your added sugar intake. One of the easiest ways to do that is to remove all of the sugary drinks and sodas from your diet. If you can initially aim to follow the American Heart Associations recommendation of 9 tsp of added sugar, then you will be off to a good start. Just remember that eventually you should aim for even lower, because you should be able to naturally get your sugar from health fruits!
What are you thoughts on giving up sugar drinks?
Have you already eliminated soda, fruit drinks, sports drinks and other junk like that from your diet? I would love to hear stories about what results you experienced! Share them below to help inspire others to follow your example.
If you haven’t made this change yet, what steps might you take to drink more water and start to cut back on the sugary drinks? Tell me what you believe are potential roadblocks and I would be glad to help you work through them together!