Waist Flab Be Gone | Cut Out Sugar Laden Drinks and Lose Weight
Over the past half century Americans have become obsessed by Soda and we are now drinking three times as much of it. This has in large part fuelled the epidemic of obesity which we are witnessing today and has contributed to the sad sight of youngsters carrying around excess waist flab. OK, our diet’s of fast food has much to do with it too, but there is no doubt that the fructose corn syrup laden drinks have contributed enormously to the generation of grossly overweight people we are now seeing.
Research suggests that as much as 20% of the sugars we consume come from soda drinks. For many the answer is to drink ‘diet’ soda. This is a bit of a misnomer because these so called diet sodas actually hold you back from losing weight and contribute to the epidemic because they have an effect on the hormones which regulate your appetite. Therefore, you misread the signals from your body and don’t stop eating.
The risk for the future of the American health system cannot be underestimated. Sugar laden drinks and the empty valueless calories they contain have contributed to more than 23 million children and young adolescents falling into the extremely overweight or obese category. Unless something is done about this and soon, the real risk is this generation will carry more and more waist flab and be highly susceptible to heart disease and diabetes and a potential drain on our health system.
So how can we nip this problem in the bud and do something about this? How can we encourage and assist our youngsters to get in shape and tone stomachs appropriate to their age?
The first logical step is to simply cut sweetened sodas and diet drinks from your family diet. Although it is not proven that the caffeine in many of these drinks causes this, they can be very addictive and habit forming so my suggestion is to do it gradually rather than going cold turkey.
The best suggestion I can make is to introduce your young to good old fashioned filtered tap juice as their staple drink. Yes folks I am talking about cool clear filtered water! If your drinking water is not up to scratch then buy it from the local store. You will find it is a whole lot cheaper than the sugar laden rubbish you have been serving up to them. My three year old doesn’t know what a soda is because it is so natural for her to drink chilled filtered water. Long may it stay that way is what I say!
I’m personally not a fan of iced tea but if you are, that is a better alternative than soda also. Preferably make your own rather than buying pre mixed stuff. It doesn’t matter if it’s black or green tea and if you need a sweetener then use something 100% natural such as stevia. The great news is that both iced tea and water provide vital hydration which will hold your appetite in check. A loss of unsightly waist flab and a successful diet depends on you drinking large quantities of water.
Soda is just so damned convenient. After all, it’s in the fridge and all you have to do is pop the tab and voila, instant refreshment. Wrong! What you get is an instant sugar rush and dangerous metabolic swings. All soda does is give you a feeling of more energy when in fact you experience nothing more than a short term high brought on by a spike in your blood sugar levels. This is dangerous and if left unabated, will continue to contribute to heart disease and the incidence of diabetes in the USA.
Too much of our children’s daily calorie intake is coming from these sugar laden worthless sodas. Years of research has proven the effect of these drinks on long term health. It is time to accept accountability for our children’s health and well-being and cut these worthless empty calories from our diets. That way, we may truly see our youth with tone stomachs once again.