Wellness Pathway #118: Drink No Calories

Do you drink carbonated beverages? If you drink just one 12-oz (370g) can a day on top of what you eat right now, you will gain, in the course of one year, more than 15 pounds or 7 kilograms of extra weight. Most people fail to realize how the calories add up. And our bodies fail to adjust. Studies have demonstrated that liquid calories do not register with the body as do solid calories. Drink a lot of calories before you eat and you’ll still eat just as much. Eat before you eat and you’ll begin to slow down, automatically.

There’s a simple technique to take care of this problem. Drink no calories. Stay with filtered water, up to one gallon a day, and hot beverages such as green or red tea. Avoid artificial sweeteners since they tend to stimulate rather than reduce food cravings and they may produce other negative health side effects. If you can’t bring yourself to eliminate liquid calories altogether, at least eliminate cans of carbonated beverages. That one decision could help you lose weight and get in shape over time.

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Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
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