Drink Up, Slim Down

Sugary beverages are everywhere. Discover which drink helps you lose weight.

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It’s Friday night and you’re getting ready to meet up with the guys after an exhausting week at work. You open your closet, grab your favorite pair of jeans, and as you step into each leg and try to pull the jeans up, you realize something is terribly wrong with the universe. You can’t button them, so you suck your stomach in and use all the power you have to pull the sides together and try to button up.

You feel that overwhelming sense of discomfort which turns into disbelief as you look in the mirror. This feeling takes hold of you, the jeans don’t fit. You wonder, how did this happen?

Obesity has crept into the lives of over one-third (34.9%) of adults in the U.S., riddling their lives with obesity-related conditions including heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, just to name a few. This percentage is only growing. However, we don’t have to be unarmed soldiers marching to our fate at the Battle of the Bulge. There are tactical ways to combat obesity.

Sugary Beverages are a Problem

Generally, it’s thought that obesity is mostly due to a lack of physical activity. However, studies show that the rapidly increasing obesity rates are heavily linked to the consumption of sugary beverages, a.k.a. Enemy of Your Waistline. Sports drinks, fruit juices, and colas are all sugary beverages. Interestingly enough, the greatest victims of sugary beverage advertising aren’t adults; the advertising is aimed primarily at children.

This is just another reason as to why 1 in 4 kids are overweight.

Drink More Water

How do we fix this? There may not be one single panacea. However, there is good news – a certain drink can help you lose weight. Experts including Registered Dieticians and Medical Practitioners from Off the Scale, a Health Care Obesity Intervention Program, recognize water as being an effective strategy to help combat obesity.

You should drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily, and even more for highly active individuals.

The average American consumes over 400 calories of liquid daily, much of it being sugar. The AHA recommends no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar daily for women (98 calories) and no more than 9 teaspoons of added sugar for men (146 calories). This shows that the average American consumes too much added sugar daily, mostly through sweetened beverages.

Drinking pure water is a simple and effective choice we can make to immediately reduce daily caloric consumption. Other added benefits of water include improved immune system function and better hydration.

With overwhelming sugary beverage marketing and advertising, it has become an uphill battle to raise public awareness about water as a vital nutrient and an effective means to fight obesity. Beverage sections in stores are dominated by big brand sugary fruit and sports drinks, using vivid colors and cartoon characters on packaging to target the youth.

They’re brainwashing our children at a young age and sadly, the youth inevitably become addicted to sweetened beverages as a result. As the child gets older, his dependence on sugary drinks eventually turns into a dependence on sodas, which makes the disruption of this heavily ingrained pattern difficult. However, it’s not impossible.

With U.S. obesity levels at an all-time high, it’s crucial that we educate children about the benefits of water at an early age. This can help us save many lives from the clutches of chronic disease and obesity.

Sources

Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. and Fenton, Mark. Fuel for the Road: Drinking Water. PBS, 2002. Web. 9 Dec 2015.

Food Research & Action Center. Obesity in the U.S. 2015. Web. 9 Dec 2015.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Fast Facts on Sugar and Salt. Harvard College, 2015.  Web. 9 Dec 2015.

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Overweight and Obesity in Idaho. Idaho Physical Activity and Nutrition Program. Web. 9 Dec 2015.

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The Power of Prevention: Chronic Disease… The Public Health Challenge of the 21st Century. 2009. Web. 9 Dec 2015.

United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Basic Report: 19335, Sugars, granulatedRelease 28. The National Agricultural Library. Web. 9 Dec 2015.

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