Limit or Eliminate Sweetened Drinks
Studies link an increase in Americans' intake of sweetened drinks — especially soda and sports drinks — with an unhealthy increase in our body weight.
Sweet drinks are also linked to:
- Weak bones
- Tooth decay
- Increased desire for sugar (and in some cases, caffeine)
Ideas to make it happen
Go with H2O.
Carry water with you — and drink it all day long.
Rethink mealtime drinks.
Drink water or milk (skim or 1%) at meals and snack times.
Make it special.
Save soda, lemonade, Kool-Aid, and punch for special occasions — no more than once a week. If you're used to drinking regular soda, switch to diet soda.
Watch the juice.
Drink 100% fruit juice — but limit yourself to one small (4 to 6 ounces) glass or juice box a day. Or, eat a piece of fruit instead. You'll get more nutrients, and feel more satisfied.
Go easy on the sports drinks — most of the time, water is best for exercise.