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It’s getting HOT out there! I told you Summer would be here before you knew it. On a really hot day, especially in that late afternoon hour, oh an ice cold soda can just sound so refreshing! I’m here to tell you don’t do it. Now that summer is upon us, and we are out and about on vacations, family get-togethers, and long and late lunches, I really want you to think carefully about what you choose to hydrate with. Plain water with a little electrolyte action is probably the best during these hotter months but that can get a little tiresome. Feel free to mix it up with plain soda water with a wedge of citrus. Carbonated water has no calories, no dissolved sugar, no alcohol, and no caffeine. It hydrates, just like plain water does. Drinking seltzer, club soda, or sparkling mineral water will not leach calcium from your bones, strip the enamel off your teeth, or make your thighs look like cottage cheese.

Image result for diet soda images skip the diet sodaOn the other hand, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that people who drank diet soda gained almost triple the abdominal fat over nine years as those who didn’t drink diet soda.  This is especially concerning because it highlights an unfortunate truth about weight distribution: the belly is a bad place for extra pounds. The kind that pads the abs from the inside, called visceral fat, is associated with increased cardiovascular disease, inflammation and Type 2 diabetes.

Plus, here are 8 great reasons to give up the stuff for good.

skip the diet sodaNow, you ask, what about this new-fangled soda they are coming out with sweetened with Stevia? Here’s a good read on why you should think twice about adding it to your regular diet. As I’ve mentioned before in previous posts about Sugar, it ALL counts.  ALL the sweet stuff you put in your body, non-caloric, “low-glycemic”, natural sweeteners, it skip the diet sodaALL creates that hormonal response in your body that forces it to protect itself with excess body fat. Remember, the American Heart Association’s recommendations allow for about six teaspoons a day for women and nine teaspoons for men. For its part, the World Health Organization recently lowered its recommendations even further—to six teaspoons a day for adults with a normal body mass index, regardless of gender. The label on the right shows the amount of carbohydrate in a bottle of regular Coke that you would get from a typical vending machine: 65 grams of sugar. That’s 16 tsp. of sugar in one sitting!

So really, skip the Diet Soda, the Regular Soda, the Green Soda, and whatever way they come up to market beverages that are highly processed, highly acidic, contain dye, are loaded with highly processed sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup, and Aspartame with its neurotoxic component Aspartate. You’ll be much healthier for it!



Friday’s WOD

Press Complex:
1 Press
2 Push Press
3 Push Jerk
Build to a heavy complex
3 Rounds for Time
1 Push Press
2 Push Jerks
20 wall Balls (unbroken) (20/14)
Run 400 Meters

Cash Out: Wall Ball Work to get ready for Karen

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