How Many Pounds Can You Lose… Just By Cutting Out Soda?

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Our society has a drinking problem.

No, I’m not talking about the kind that could land you in an AA meeting.  In fact, this drinking problem won’t even get you arrested for having an open container on a public sidewalk …well, maybe in New York City, but that’s beside the point.

We’re talking about a drinking problem that can be highly addictive, slow you down, make you unhealthy, ruin your sex life, give you heart problems, cause liver damage, and do all of this in stealth over the course of several decades.

I’m guessing you read the title of this post, so you’re well aware that I’m talking about soft drinks, pop, coke, soda, , cola….

Soda is perhaps one of the most dangerous drinks on the planet, because it’s a huge contributing factor to obesity –and heart disease is the #1 killer in the US.

If you’re feeling doubtful of the havoc that soda can wreak, then let’s take at look the health benefits of when soda is cut out of the diet entirely.  Sometimes seeing the absence of something can give us an appreciation for the impact it truly has.

Real Evidence?  What Could Happen When You Cut Out the Cola

In just about every single published weight loss success story you can find –it usually starts with cutting out soda.  For instance, the Huffington Post recounts the tale of a woman who was 263lbs.  Then, she stopped drinking soda, and what happened?

“In 2012, I started cutting back on how much soda I was drinking, and I lost some weight by accident.”

She lost weight by accident… that’s 16lbs by accident.  After changing her lifestyle, she went on to lose 107.

And then there was another woman, as told by Prevention.com, who kicked her 2-liter-a-day habit, at 282lbs.  With a bit of diet and exercise, she cut her weight in half to 141lbs… in 18 months!  That’s a rate of almost 8lbs every single month.

Sure, this could be one of those anecdotal selling points, like the ones that weight loss gimmicks sometimes use –but I’ve got nothing to sell you.  Not to mention, finding these stories was the easiest task of my week…

So, let’s say you decide to change nothing about your lifestyle, except for cutting out soda.  According to FitDay.com, their numbers revealed that merely deciding not to drink soda without diet, exercise, yoga, salads, or chopping wood… you’d still drop 16lbs per year.

These results are almost so consistent and predictable that it’s scary.

How Soda Causes Weight Gain

For some reason, there’s just something refreshing about drinking a can of sweet bubbly goodness –so that’s probably why the average American will drink 45 gallons of this stuff annually.

Because a 20oz bottle of soda will contain 16 teaspoons of sugar, is it any wonder why the US is, by far, the world’s most obese nation?

However, another curious fact about soda is that you can actually become extremely addicted to it.  According to a post from HealthAmbition.com, cola’s primary addiction mechanism is a substance: caffeine.  Though, unlike coffee (which researchers say is good for you in moderation), soda’s ‘liquid candy’-sweet taste applies a mental addiction to the concoction.

Research has shown that cigarettes actually have a relatively insignificant substance addiction factor.  And though the mental addiction to cigarettes can be difficult to overcome, a reason why hypnotherapy is the most effective method of kicking nicotine… soda is both a mental AND substance addiction machine.

Funny how things change when we look at it that way.  The innocent little soft drink just became one of the most lethal products on the market and is even more addictive than smoking.

And just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse –you read a little further.

Other (Horrifying) Reasons To Quit Drinking Soda

Do we really know what they put in those bottles?  I mean… really?

Well, whatever it is, researchers have linked soda to these ailments…

  • Liver damage
  • Tooth decay
  • Kidney stones
  • Diabetes
  • Heartburn and acid reflux
  • Osteoporosis
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stomach and digestion problems

Basically, this means that soda is probably the worst part of your diet if you drink it on a regular basis.  If anything, you’re risking less bodily harm by opting for the cheese fries and having the bottled water –and you’d be getting superior health benefits from something that came from a potato, rather than something that has the same pH level (acidity) as your average toilet bowl cleaner.

And that brings us to the fun part.

Let it not be said that I told you to stop purchasing soda entirely.  In fact, soda can be quite useful in a pinch.  For instance, you can use soda to…

  • Remove rust from metal surfaces
  • Clean burnt pots and pans
  • Replenish your lawn
  • Remove oil stains from the garage floor (excellent for auto mechanics!)
  • Take away grease stains from fabrics
  • Eliminate slugs from your patio
  • Use to defrost a windshield
  • Clean away battery acid.

My point in including this list is simple.  Anything that is harshly acidic enough to remove rust from a hubcap, degrease a skillet, and eradicate your backyard slug population is certainly not something you want to guzzle on any semblance of a regular basis.

If anything, it’s probably best just to cut out the soda from your diet entirely.  Many who have done so even say that it tastes terrible, once you haven’t cracked open a can in while.  Just taking a wild guess at this, but perhaps it never really tasted all that good in the first place.  I wonder what’s kept us hooked all these years, despite its obvious health hazards…

Addictive industrial-grade chemicals and slick advertising have worked before, come to think of it.

Coincidentally, I believe the tobacco industry has tried these very same tactics.

A coincidence, indeed.

What Was Your Experience In Kicking Pop?

Now I turn over the keyboard to you.  If you’ve quit drinking soda, then the floor is all yours.  How were your weight loss goals influenced by your decision?

We would all love to hear from you, so be sure to comment below and show our community just what kind of progress can be made ditching soda, and leaving it on the shelf where it belongs… next to your household degreaser and rust remover.

 

Kerry Gaynor

Kerry’s purpose and overarching objective in developing his Method since he began thirty years ago has always been the same: to help save lives. Addictions or ailments, whether it is smoking cigarettes or over eating, can feel a lot like being a prisoner or a slave to your addiction. Kerry has experienced so much fulfillment from helping people unchain themselves from their addictions that it is the only thing he has ever cared to do since his very first client.

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