The following is the first step Jason and I took towards a healthier diet. Very basic, but not exactly easy depending on your consumption. Cut the sugary drinks! The recommended sugar intake is very small in comparison to the amount of sugar most of us consume daily. The American Heart Association recommends 6 teaspoons of sugar a day for women and 9 teaspoons for men. One teaspoon is about 4 grams of sugar. Soft drinks and other sweetened beverages are the number one source of added sugars. There are 39 grams of sugar in a 12 oz. can of Coke. That is more than your entire allotment for the day. IN ONE CAN.
I am not anti-sugar. I like it a lot. But I was not mindful of how many extra calories I was getting in a day just from drinks. I finally stopped buying soda altogether, because if it was in the house I would drink it. Now I try to limit myself to one or two sodas in an entire week as a special treat and not use it as simply something to drink when I’m thirsty.
You could potentially lose a lot of weight just by taking this one small step, but more than anything, you will be doing your body a favor. Start small. Cut down the amount you put in your coffee a little at a time. Drink one less sugary drink a day. Carry around a water bottle. Make the transition as easy on yourself as possible. It is possible to retrain your tastebuds to the point that sugary drinks seem sickeningly sweet.
If you have a few minutes, you might view this video that is a parody on the Coca-Cola bears: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myxwCEGcBYc. No warm and fuzzy feelings here, but some good facts.