Diet soft drinks. Americans have a love/hate relationship with them, but one thing is certain: Americans drink a lot of diet soda. Mostly, this is an effort to either lose weight or protect against weight gain. Several studies have been published in the last couple of years showing that drinking diet soft drinks does not accomplish these goals at all. The mechanism of this paradox has been murky; shouldn’t a zero-calorie drink lead to weight loss? One hypothesis has been that the artificial sweetener fools the brain into expecting sugar (which the brain needs to function); when the sugar doesn’t arrive, the brain increases hunger signals in an attempt to find the “missing” fuel.
- Get a reusable water bottle, and make pure water your go-to drink. Add a squirt of real lemon or lime juice for a little flavor, if you miss it. No need to replace one highly processed food (diet soda) with another (“designer” waters).
- Green tea: go beyond the Lipton — there are many different varieties, with flavors that should appeal to everyone. And how about a 20-30% lower risk of cardiovascular disease as a bonus?