I love soda, and can easily drink a can or 2 a day if I have soda available in my home. This doesn’t sound like a lot, until I think about the caloric count in a single average can of soda compared to how many calories I consume via eating food. Too often, I get more calories from the soda I drink than the food I eat, and it’s a sobering thought to think that soda is taking up so much of my diet. Here are my tips to drinking less soda.
Look at the freakin can or bottle already! You may think that a can of soda is innocent, but a single can of Coca-cola (my favorite) contains 140 calories, and so much sugar it would make your head spin. This sounds minuscule, but if you drink several bottles or cans of soda a day, you are getting a lot of calories that you really don’t need. But you don’t know until you look at (and even better, write down) the amount of calories you really are getting from your soda intake.
Compare your soda intake to your daily food intake as far as calories. When I drank soda more frequently, I was consuming about 800 calories a day in food, and about 400 calories a day in soda. Often, I don’t have an appetite, and I simply just drink soda and eat a single piece of bread all day long. It’s sobering to see that most of my calories can come from soda if I’m not careful.
Think of how much your soda habit costs. I would buy a bottle of Coke every time I went out to run errands, which meant that I was spending about $15 a week on my soda consumption. That’s $60 a month! Imagine what you can do with the money you save by drinking less soda, not to mention how much healthier you’ll be. I now buy soda every now and then, and drink water instead at home.
Save the money you would have bought on soda and put it towards something that you can really utilize, like new shoes or a new cellphone. When you reward yourself monetarily by NOT buying soda, it’s a great incentive to not buy soda at all, and just drink what you have at hand already, like milk and water. I can save $720 a year just by cutting out soda entirely, which can buy me a whole new wardrobe.
Start buying carbonated drinks other than soda that give you that fizz you want without the calories. Many low-calorie drinks are carbonated, and cost less than soda does, giving you the soda feel you want without the cost and wasted calories.
Drink more water. Soda is dehydrating because of all the sugar content it has, so start drinking more water (which is what your body is really craving) and you’ll find yourself hydrated and craving soda less. Also, think about this- for every 100 calories you save by not having soda, you don’t have to worry about burning off later. The perfect diet- simply forgoing a beverage and saving more than 100 calories. It’s like exercising without the work. How can that NOT be beneficial?
By rationalizing the need to NOT drink soda versus my likeness for it, it’s extremely easy for me to just ignore the soda aisle and not feel like I’m missing out on anything. I now drink soda about once a week, and don’t feel like I’m being deprived in any way. I’m saving calories, money, and staying more healthy, just by cutting back on drinking so much soda.