Weight-Watchers and Soda

Written by David McCarthy, Australia

How many weight-watchers use 20+ Tbsp of sugar in their coffee or tea? I guess the answer to that is zero. Why? Because all weight-watchers know that sugar has a high calorific value and is therefore detrimental to weight loss.

Also using that amount of sugar will create liver problems eventually. So my question is: 'If high levels of sugar are bad for us, and we all seem to know that is true, why do we drink soda that contains 20+ Tbsp of sugar in each can?'

It is hard to assess how many people ruin their weight control program by drinking soda (carbonated water, fizzy drinks or soft drinks, depending upon which country you live in, are all forms of what I refer to as soda), judging by the sales of these drinks I guess the answer is most weight-watchers fall into this trap.

A young man that I know was heading down the road to obesity in his early twenties and being an accountant he was aware that his job didn't include physical exercise to help burn off calories. Like most twenty something people he didn't like the idea of going on a diet so he decided to cut soda and fast foods from his diet to see what happened.

Result, in less than six-months he was 26 pounds lighter, feeling healthier and looking trim. That was eleven years ago and he still remains trim today, he eats well but adamantly refuses to go back to fast foods or soda.

It doesn't matter what brand of soda you drink, or whether it is labeled "light" or "diet" they all contain massive amounts of sugar and are unhealthy.

Finally we should not leave this article without taking a look at hyper-activity in children. There is little doubt that high sugar dosage is often the cause of children becoming hyperactive, it also leads to behavioral problems. Consequently it is advisable to take a long, hard, look at what your child's sugar intake is particularly including soda.

The healthiest drink is water; it will also quench your thirst better and for longer than soda, and it is rated at zero calories, which should make it the weight-watchers drink of choice.

For children a healthy Smoothie using fresh fruit can often be better.

This article is copyright©David McCarthy 2006 and may be reproduced in its entirety with no additions or deletions providing a link back to http://www.recipesmania.com is included.

This article reflects the views of the author and is not meant to be medical advice. As with anything dealing with your health, you should see a medical professional for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of specific health problems.

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