Put Down Your Pop Can

#10 of 52 Ways to be Healthier in 2012One of the first things I ask my clients who are trying to lose weight is if they have a pop habit. (Yes, pop. I’m from Iowa. That’s what we call it.) You see, cutting out the empty calories found in all regular pop can make an immediate difference.

Let’s say you like Coke and drink one can every day for an entire year. Each can of Coke has 140 calories (most pop falls between 140 and 190 calories per can).

140 calories x 365 days per year = 51,100 calories per year

51,100 calories per year / 3500 calories per pound = 14.6 pounds per year

Again, in case you missed it, that’s 14.6 pounds that you will gain in one year from all that pop unless you exercise enough to burn an equal number of calories!

Additionally, a study published last year found that sweetened beverages (including pop and many flavored waters) cause other health problems in women. The study followed 4,166 women for five years and found that women who drink two or more sweetened beverages a day are more likely to develop high triglycerides and elevated blood glucose—regardless of whether they gained any weight during that time!!

About Becky

I am a personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management consultant, and group fitness instructor living in New York City. My focus is on helping women get into shape, lose weight, and generally live a healthy and happy life.
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