Are you a sugar addict? When you’re thirsty does water just not cut it for you? As much as we all like to talk about the dangers of excess sugar in our diets, sometimes it’s a harsh reality that we have to face when it comes to bettering our lives and our health.
Have you ever wondered how your body would change if you completely cut out all of the sugary drinks you indulge in on a daily basis and replaced them with water?
If you want to learn about all the amazing changes that can happen to your body once you eliminate soda, read on and let us know what you think.
1. Water is 100%, completely, absolutely, calorie free. If that doesn’t mean anything to you, here’s a quick rundown.
There are 3,500 calories in one pound. This means if you cut out 500 calories from your regular diet every day, over the course of one week you would lose one pound.
Now, factor that in with the soda you drink. Say you drink about 500 calories worth of pop every day. If you eliminate just soda from your diet, you have the potential to lose one pound a week (as long as the rest of your diet is in check).
By simply eliminating empty calories from soda in your diet, you can lose weight!
2. According to a study published by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, water can increase a person’s metabolic rate by 30% within ten minutes of drinking it.
This may not sound like a lot, but it is. When your metabolic rate increases, so do the amount of calories you burn.
This means that by cutting out soda and drinking just water, you can increase the number of calories you burn on a daily basis!
So if you want to lose weight, start drinking water. Combine this with a healthy diet and exercise, and you’ll be cutting the pounds in no time!
3. We all want to save money. And besides, who doesn’t like a good money-saving trick? Well, whether you want to believe it or not, switching from soda to water will save you a ton of money.
Think about how much money you spend on sugary drinks. $5 a day? $2 a day? Less? More? However much you spend on soda is money you’re throwing down the drain.
So eliminate that cost from your budget, and you’ll be savings tons!
Besides the fact that water is calorie free, one of the best things about it is that it is easily accessible, and doesn’t cost a dime.
4. The average person’s brain is made up of approximately 75% of water,
Drinking a lot of it can help re-energize you, put you into focus and help you concentrate more. This will help you feel less tired and will give you more energy throughout the day.
According to Dr. Corinne Allen, founder of the Advanced Learning and Development Institute, brain cells require two times more energy than any other cells in our bodies.
Water gives us this energy much more effectively than any other liquid or fluid. This is why when we experience dehydration, it affects our brain function and makes us tired, lethargic and less energized.
5. Water can also help your kidneys filter toxins.
Kidneys are what help our bodies eliminate toxins and waste from our body. It’s possible that if you don’t drink enough water, your kidneys won’t function as well as they can. In addition to this, water helps regulate bowel movements.
According to the American Heart Association, staying hydrated is also critical for your cardiovascular health. When you’re keeping yourself hydrated, your heart is able to pump blood from your blood vessels to your muscles much more effectively.
“If you’re well hydrated, your heart doesn’t have to work as hard,” says John Batson, M.D., a sports medicine physician.
6. If you’ve ever been on a diet you know the pain of enduring a horrendous sugar craving. You’ve probably experienced the salivating at the sight of pizza or the dreaded office birthday cake.
Some of us give in (and that’s okay as long as it fits into the rest of your overall daily diet), while some of us have the willpower to ignore those nasty cravings.
Well, there’s a simple solution that can trick your stomach into thinking you’re full and getting rid of that hunger all together, and all it is is a simple glass of ice cold water.
If you drink a large glass of water when you’re feeling hungry, it will fill up your stomach and trick your brain into thinking that you’re full. So try it! The next time you’re home alone and a massive piece of ice cream cake in the fridge is calling your name, gulp down a glass of water and you won’t even think about eating the cake!