Did you know that recent research from Harvard University revealed that sugary beverages such as soda, sports drinks, and *gasp* even 100% JUICE are responsible for up to 180,000 deaths annually? In fact, “too many sugary drinks” is noted as the actual cause of death for 1 out of every 100 people in the US. 144,000 of those deaths are related to diabetes, again caused by a high intake of high-sugar beverages. Did you also know that the average American drinks 400 calories daily from sugary beverages, and that if you eliminated sugary beverages from your diet you could lose more than 40 POUNDS of fat in one year JUST with this one simple dietary change? Yes, FORTY pounds. All you have to do is stop drinking sugar. Of course, instead of soda, sports drinks, juice, and other sugary beverages like sweet tea, lemonade, and fruit punch, you could just drink water, but let’s face it, that’s BORING and very likely why you are STILL drinking sugary beverages. But the reality is that there are so many other tasty alternatives to sugar-laden beverages that there’s simply no good reason to choose high-sugar beverages any longer. Here are some easy swaps: Instead of sugary sodas try Zevia all-natural soda sweetened with stevia and erythritol. Instead of sports drinks like Gatorade and PowerAde, try Vitamin Water Zero (naturally sweetened with stevia and erythritol). Instead of Lemonade or Sweet Tea try True Lemon brand 100% all-natural lemon iced tea and lemonade mix. Instead of 100% fruit juice, try eating the actual fruit! As you can see, there are many alternatives to high-sugar beverages, and hey… don’t lose your life to a soda. You’re better than that! This is an article that tells the truth about can or bottled drinks, but I think it under estimates the calories it adds to your diet everyday. Most people who talk with me about their weight problems, are drinking half a dozen cold drinks, plus two hot coffee drinks, and then two alcoholic drinks everyday. Just roughly, I’m estimating that at about 2000 calories and that can very well be on the low side. A large Frappe Mocha at Mc Donald’s is 670 calories. Starbuck’s drinks can be even more. When your trying to lose weight be sure to count the snack and drink calories. Total calories for the day should be below 2000.