Doctor Oz’s first 28 day challenge of the season is to quit drinking soda and soft drinks, which I think is a great way to kick off the season! Soda is making American’s sick and fat. 53 million Americans drink at least one soda a day, and we spent $70 Billion last year on soda. Did you know that one 20 ounce soda has 17 tsp of sugar in it? Soda drinkers consume an extra 91,000 calories a year which accounts for a weight gain of 26 pounds per year. Soda also increases your risk for Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease and Osteoporosis. Diet sodas are not good either, because they can make you crave sugar even more. Are you convinced yet? Everyone should join Dr Oz’s 28 Day National Challenge to quit drinking soda!
Dr Oz had a woman on his show who drinks 12-13 cans of soda a day. She said that she has gone 3 days without drinking soda to try and quit, but she gets massive headaches and mood swings. Dr Oz showed her that on average, soda drinkers drink 53 gallons of soda a year which is 41 pounds of sugar. Soda, quite honestly, is toxic to our bodies!
What Makes Soda Addictive?
1. Caffeine – the caffeine found in soda makes you feel cravings for more of it.
2. High Fructose Corn Syrup or Sugar – these sweeteners make you want to have more and more soda, which results in making you gain weight
I was completely shocked when Dr Oz showed that Dr Mike Roizen is also addicted to diet soda… in fact, Dr. Roizen “The Enforcer” drank 7 diet sodas in the video at the Cleveland Clinic that Dr Oz showed.
Dr Oz’s 28 Day Challenge: Soda
Week 1 – Go Sugar Free
Dr Oz said that during the first week, you should exchange your usual sugary soda for diet soda. This will help you to break one addiction. You should also try to eat lots of fish, eggs and beans this week.
Week 2 – Go Caffeine Free
Dr Oz said that week 2 you should drink only caffeine free diet soda. When you get headaches, take ibuprofen. Also, eat vitamin b rich foods like spinach, chick peas and vitamin-enriched cereals.
Week 3 – Cut Consumption by 50%
Dr Oz said that week 3 you should cut down on the amount of soda you drink so that you are only drinking half of what you used to drink. The remaining 50% of the time, drink a glass of 80% seltzer water and 20% cranberry juice (or whatever juice you like).
Week 4 – No More Soda
Dr Oz said that week 4 you should cut out all the soda altogether. If you want, you can chew gum instead. And with the money you save this week, around $10, you can buy yourself a little present (just not soda!).