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How can I drink less soda if I want to lose weight?

Dr. Andrea Pennington, MD
Integrative Medicine
If you feel that you must have a soda with your meal, only drink half of it. Or ask the server to add more ice than soda. Better still, let water be the drink of choice at mealtimes. For that extra kick, try sparkling water with a wedge of lemon or lime. Cutting calories couldn't be simpler or more refreshing! By simply substituting water for soda with lunch or dinner, you can eliminate 150 calories without batting an eye. Plus water is necessary for the breakdown of fats into fatty acids for energy and releasing fat as heat and water. So if you're not well hydrated, your brain will be starved of energy and your fat cells will be unavailable for use.

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