If You Could Take One Step Toward Losing Weight

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Want to lose weight? Not to sure where to begin? One of the most powerful steps you can take is to get rid of soda and diet soda; both stimulate sugar cravings.  Soda consumption has been linked to rising rates of obesity, as well as to an increased risk for diabetes heart disease and stroke. In spite of this, Americans still continue to guzzle extra calories through this sugary drink. In fact, the average American consumes 44 gallons of soda in just one year.  We understand that quitting your soda habit can be difficult. To make the withdrawal easier, we thought of giving you some healthy and tasty soda alternatives.

Flavored water

Flavored water is a great choice when you want something bubbly. For a little bit of natural flavoring, slice up a bunch of your favorite flavors such as watermelon, cucumber, orange, lemon or lime at the beginning of the week and make a fresh pitcher of flavored water every morning

Green tea

Rev up your metabolism with green tea. It is naturally high in antioxidants and is calorie-free. Studies show that it may help reduce the risk of hypertension, heart disease, cancer and even kidney stones. If you aren’t fond of the taste of green tea, you can add a few drops of honey for a little sweetening.

Kombucha

Kombucha is an ancient Chinese beverage that is made from sweetened, fermented tea. This fermented beverage provides a number of health benefits, making it a great alternative to soda. It helps boost your immune system, aids in digestion and detoxifies the body.

Citrusade

Adding lemon juice, lime juice and orange juice to a glass of club soda provides an alkalizing benefit while enhancing the flavor. Try a little cilantro to spice things up.

It certainly quenches your thirst better than a can of soda, not to mention the extra vitamin C and a bunch of vitamins and minerals you can get from it. Plus, citrus fruits help the body detoxify and get rid of preservatives, chemicals and toxins.

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