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Read This Before Drinking Your Next Soft Drink…

So you want to lose weight, tone up and change your shape but you’re just not ready to give up your beloved Coca Cola, Mountain Dew, or other favorite soda. It’s not really that big of a deal, right?

Well let’s look at the effects that soft drinks have on your body then you can be the judge for yourself. Let’s start by looking at the facts. Blood sugar levels will vary depending on the last time you ate or drank something containing carbohydrates (sugar).

Your body regulates blood sugar levels through the hormones insulin and glucagon. When your blood sugar levels get too low or too high these hormones act to either store the excess or retrieve more of it for your body.

A teaspoonful of sugar holds 4 grams of sugar. Suppose you drink, on an empty stomach, a can of soda containing eight to ten teaspoons of sugar.

This means you take in approximately six to eight times as much sugar into your blood that normally exists at any time.

Such a large dose of sugar creates a tide of glucose that kicks in an immediate insulin response which, in turn, triggers an adrenal surge. A similar hormonal “roller coaster ride” can be caused by drinking a 12-ounce glass of orange juice.

How is this hormonal roller coaster ride initiated? With sugar overload. How is this cycle perpetuated? By withdrawal symptoms.

Why soft drinks are so addicting…

“Highs” in the blood sugar levels are followed by the “lows” that create strong biologic demands for yet more sugar. Sugar craving is simply another name for sugar addiction.

The average American child at the turn of the century consumed between 5-10 pounds of sugar per year. The average American child today ingests on average between 150-175 pounds! This is absolutely amazing!

How does the food industry respond to all this? They keep physicians on their payroll to publish absurd studies showing that our children are not hurt by sugar. Yeah right. It’s poison, let’s call it what it is.

The next time you think it’s ok to give Johnnie a Coca Cola and some Little Debbie cupcakes why don’t you just give him an injection of insulin and call it a day! I’m serious as a heart attack about this.

Have you ever wondered why “Coke comes with a smile?” It’s because it gets you high. They took the cocaine out almost a hundred years ago. You know why? It was redundant.

Here’s what happens in your body after you drink a Coca Cola…

• In the first 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.

• 20 minutes after: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds by turning the sugar it can’t store as glycogen into triglycerides (fat). There’s only so much room to store glycogen in your liver, muscles, and the blood. When the tanks are full, you’re storing fat!

• 40 minutes after: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.

• 45 minutes after: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.

• >60 minutes after: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.

• >60 minutes after: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to go to the bathroom.) It is now assured that you’ll be removing the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.

• >60 minutes after: As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away most of the water that was in your Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used.

But I drink “diet” soft drinks, that’s ok right?

Wrong! This is a big misconception. The word diet shouldn’t even be allowed to be used for soft-drinks. If you drink “diet” sodas and think they’re ok in part of your weight loss plan (after all those no sugar or calories) you’re completely mistaken.

In fact, drinking diet sodas can actually help you GAIN weight. One reason why is because although the drinks don’t contain sugar (they’re artificially sweetened) they end up creating a preference in your body for other sweet things.

You drink diet sodas with artificial sweeteners and you’ll be more likely to crave candy, desserts and other sweets.

A 2005 study at the University of Texas Science Center in San Antonio showed that people who drink diet soda gain weight- lots of it. In fact, the research found there was a 41 percent increase in the risk of being overweight for every can or bottle of diet soft drink a person consumes each day!



The other problem with diet sodas is most of them use the artificial sweetener “aspartame” instead of sugar. This does not give you a free pass because there’s no calories.

Everything you eat or drink, and I mean everything….will either have the effect of turning your fat burning switches on and feeding muscle or turning the fat storing switches on.

Turning the fat burning switches on or off?

When you consume diet sodas with ANY artificial sweetener, it acts a a “negative partitioning agent” in your body. What this means in simple terms is that you’ll shuttle energy and nutrients into fat cells instead of muscle cells.

Artificial sweeteners are notorious “negative partitioning agents.” If you want to lose weight you must send fat to the muscle cells to be burned. This requires you to support your muscles with nutrients and not shuttle those nutrients into fat cells.

Your metabolism and your ability to lose weight are both controlled by the hormonal balances in your body. When you drink diet sodas you’re causing havoc on those balances. Forget about the calories! That’s just one piece of the puzzle.

Bottom line is if you want to improve your health, lose weight, and feel better…you’ve got to minimize or eliminate your consumption of soft drinks.

You can choose not to give them up completely and that’s your call, but no longer can you act ignorant about not knowing the impact they have on your ability to lose weight.

Preaching the TRUTH like it needs to be told!

Shane Doll is a certified Charleston personal trainer, fat loss expert, speaker, and founder of Shaping Concepts Personal Training Studios. Learn more about how you can receive a FREE trial of our personal training programs and experience the Shaping Concepts difference for yourself.

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Category: Nutrition.