How to dump your soda habit
June 27th, 2013
04:45 PM ET
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Editor's note: Keri Gans is a registered dietitian/nutritionist, media personality, author of "The Small Change Diet" and spokeswoman for the Aetna "What's Your Healthy" campaign.

Despite recent heightened awareness about its many negative effects on our health, whether it's to get through the mid-afternoon slump or paired with lunch or dinner as our beverage of choice, many of us still reach for soda daily for a jolt of caffeine and sugary satisfaction.

Perhaps because of a person's overall unhealthy food and beverage choices, studies have shown that even minimal soda consumption may lead to weight gain. Unfortunately, that weight gain can lead to the development of Type 2 diabetes and a heightened chance of stroke.

Increased soda consumption also has been linked to kidney stones and tooth decay. Unfortunately, caffeine can be highly addictive and habit-forming, and many Americans are wary of cutting it out cold turkey.

So how does one ditch a dependence on soda? Here are five tips for kicking your soda habit for good:

Read - 5 ways to drop your soda habit

Previously:
How I kicked my Coke habit

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  1. Private personal training Long Island

    Minimal soda consumption may lead to weight gain. Unfortunately, that weight gain can lead to the development of Type 2 diabetes and
    a heightened chance of stroke. I wish i knew this when i was a kid.

    January 24, 2014 at 12:56 pm |
  2. JT

    Why did they bother to imbed the actual article in this stub? Here's what I did – drink unsweetened iced tea instead. Most restaurants (at least where I live) serve iced tea and they almost always have a batch without sugar. Add your own no-caloire sweetener and enjoy.

    I wish they'd sell unsweetened soda and let us add the sugar back ourselves, in the amount we'd like.

    June 28, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
    • Edwin

      You know that's a great idea! I wonder why they aren't already giving us that option.

      June 28, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
    • Thinking things through

      Whenever I can, I order unsweetened ice tea. To which I add nothing. Mint or a slice of lemon if available, but otherwise, NO sweetener. Real or faux. Awesome and hydrating!

      June 28, 2013 at 6:46 pm |
  3. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    I rarely drink outside of water and iced tea. Soda and coffee are almost like treats to me, but I can only stand so much of it.

    June 28, 2013 at 10:55 am |
  4. Edwin

    Well that was a useless article.

    Cutting soda boils down to willpower, plain and simple. If you really want to cut it out, you will. If not, enjoy!

    June 27, 2013 at 8:44 pm |
    • AleeD®

      Agreed.

      June 28, 2013 at 7:29 am |
 
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