Can drinking soda cause me to gain weight?

Dana Artinyan
Nutrition & Dietetics
Regular soda is very high in calories and simple carbohydrates (sugar) which can absolutely cause weight gain or make it very difficult to lose weight. For example, if you drink two cans of regular soda daily, this contributes almost 400 calories and 80 grams of carbohydrates (which is equivalent to five slices of bread). Water (calorie free!) is recommended or other no-calorie beverages if you do not like water.

Continue Learning about Non-Alcoholic Beverages & Health

3 Good-for-You Drinks
3 Good-for-You Drinks
Can't remember your kid's cell phone number? Try a daily dose of apple juice. Concerned about diabetes? Sip four cups of coffee a day. Sidelined by a...
Read More
Is lots of coffee and alcohol drinking good for the body?
Neal SpruceNeal Spruce
Certainly not "lots" but moderate amounts of both coffee and alcohol have been associated with some ...
More Answers
How do sugary beverages affect health?
Keri GansKeri Gans
In one Harvard study that followed 88,000 women for twenty-four years, those who drank at least ...
More Answers
How to Navigate the Cocktail Menu
How to Navigate the Cocktail Menu

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.