Diet soda and other sugar-free beverages may not contain the actual sugar that we know. However, they contain artificial sweeteners like aspartame. Aspartame will not only cause a stall in your weight loss. It has been linked to diabetes, cancer and heart problems. Diet soda can make you fat. It can ruin your health. So quit before it’s going to get you. Below are tips on how to break your soda addiction while on the HCG diet.
- Find out reasons why you want to quit
Giving up on something can be hard especially if you don’t have a good reason why you are quitting. Your reasons can be because soda can make you fat or soda can cause a stall in your weight loss. You can write it down and taped it on your bedroom wall or on your mirror.
- Do not stop abruptly
Stopping your soda addiction abruptly sounds unrealistic just like quitting cigarette. Start buying less soda. Limit how many cans you buy each time you go to the grocery.
- Cut your serving size
Go for cans instead of bottles. Get a small size instead of large size soda when you order your foods.
- Stay away from foods with the same artificial sweetener as soda
Eating foods with sugar while trying to quit soda can trigger cravings. Diet soda contains aspartame which is also used in other sugar-free foods and beverages. So before you eat and drink something, read the labels carefully.
- Use natural sweeteners
Natural sweeteners like Stevia are healthy alternatives to sugar and aspartame. Instead of drinking your favorite soda get a cup of green tea or coffee sweetened with Stevia.
- Avoid triggers that make you want to reach for a can of diet soda
It could be a particularly stressful situation, a particular time of the day or a person that triggers you to reach for a soda. Whatever is your trigger, try to avoid it. Find an alternative like asking for a glass of water with lemon then sweetened it with Stevia.