Make the decision to live a healthier lifestyle by limiting the amount of sugary drinks you consume this summer. It’s no secret that sodas and other sugar based drinks can add extra calories to our diets. These drinks offer little nutritional value, and “frequently drinking sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with weight gain/obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney diseases, tooth decay and cavities” (CDC).
Instead of drinking sodas, lemonades, or sugar based coffee drinks, opt for healthier drinks that are low-fat and offer nutrients such as protein, calcium, and vitamins. Low-fat milk, unsweetened teas, and vegetable juices are all good options, but the healthier choice is water. According to the CDC, “drinking enough water every day is good for overall health. As plain drinking water has zero calories, it can also help with managing body weight and reducing caloric intake when substituted for drinks with calories, like regular soda” (CDC).
To help you choose water more easily this summer, here are 5 quick tips to help you.
- Carry a bottle for easy access when at work, school, or running errands.
- Freeze freezer safe water bottles for ice-cold water on long days.
- Choose water instead of sugar sweetened beverages.
- When eating out, drink water. Generally, you will save money and reduce calories.
- Add a wedge of lemon or lime. This can help improve taste to help you drink more water than you usually do.
Take a look at the video below to learn more about the large amounts of sugar found in popular drink choices, and how to use the rule of 4.