- Count Your Calories:
Counting calories can be a great way to keep your waistline in check. If you toss back cans of soda like they’re the cure for cancer, you may be surprised at how many calories you actually consume purely from soda. The best way to do this is to download a calorie counter app, unless you feel like writing it down every time you drink a soda. And don’t order sodas when you go out to eat. Those free refills rack up the calories real quick.
- Switch to Unsweetened Tea:
A lot of people drink soda for caffeine. If you aren’t a coffee drinker, unsweetened green tea or black tea can be a great source of caffeine. If you aren’t a tea purist and need a little extra flavor, try mixing in some fresh lemon juice and a little stevia with your tea to sweeten it. Don’t forget to stay away from artificial sweeteners!
- Drink a Glass of Water Instead:
When you feel that desire to drink a soda, drink a glass of water instead. Boredom or stress can sometimes cause people to grab whatever is in plain sight, but these are often unhealthy choices. Pour yourself a glass of water instead of cracking open that can of soda. Chances are soda drinkers don’t drink enough water, so drinking water will cut the urge to drink a soda and ensure you are sufficiently hydrated. Flavor your water with fresh lemon juice or other fruit for added flavors and health benefits.
- Try Drinking Seltzer Water:
Soda drinkers are often addicted to the carbonation. If it is carbonation that you seek, try drinking seltzer water. You can get that bubbly craving without the negatives of soda. Just be sure to avoid the flavored seltzer waters because they have artificial sweeteners, which aren’t conducive to your health. You can also make your own seltzer water if you have a Soda Stream.