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Health Hack: Lose Weight By Cutting Soda

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Health Hack: Lose Weight By Cutting Soda

Mar 22, 2019

If you’re struggling to lose weight, today’s Health Hack may be for you. Dr. Troy Madsen explains how cutting one large soda a day can lead to losing up to a pound a week.

Episode Transcript

Announcer: "Health Hacks" with Dr. Troy Madsen on The Scope.

Dr. Madsen: Today's health hack is a simple thing you can do to drop calories from your diet and lose weight. So let's say you're cruising along, you want to lose weight, but you just cannot seem to drop the pounds. Simple trick is look at your diet. If you're having a soda every day for lunch, particularly a large soda, or maybe breakfast, maybe dinner, whenever you might have a soda or several sodas, if you can cut a large soda, one of these gas station soda-sized things from your diet every day, you will lose a pound per week.

This is based on the fact that these large sodas probably have 500 calories. If you're just maintaining that drop right there, 500 calories for a man or a woman, is enough that you should be dropping about a pound of weight per week as long as you're keeping things steady with the rest of your diet. It's a simple thing you can do, just a matter of trying to replace it. Just drink more water, avoid the calories from that soda, and over several weeks, you're going to see the weight start to come off.

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