Don't drink your calories

Think of fizzy pop as liquid sweeties. Irn-Bru contains over 140 calories in an 330ml can. That is more than 9 teaspoons of sugar. You wouldn't put that much sugar in your tea.

But on top of that, chewing our calories helps us to know when we have eaten enough and so helps us to avoid overeating.

Nowadays most of us never really feel hungry, so we no longer recognise the bodily sensations which tell us when we are hungry or when we are full. Scientists have found out that the complex aromas in food help us to feel satisfied and so stop us from overeating.

How can this help us? Well, to get the benefit from these responses, we need to give our bodies time. So eating small bites slowly lets these aromas do their work and help us to feel full.

Drinking our calories doesn't trigger these responses.

But you might say, I drink no-cal drinks. Well, research has shown that this is no strategy for weight loss. Why is that? Well, it could be that your body is expecting calories from that drink, and so triggers hunger pangs so we eat (probably high-cal snacks) or it could be that somehow we believe that the no-cal drink is all we need to do for weight control. Either way, research shows that it does not work.

So what is the answer? We don't need fizzy pop. We might like it, but we don't need it. It makes us fat without us even noticing. You can live without fizzy pop. Give it up!

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