Sweet to taste not for your waist

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But no matter where you are headed for the holidays, "Twist Travel Magazine" editor Keryn Means says the first thing you'll need is a positive, up-beat outlook.

It's no secret that soda is not part of a healthy diet.

"The soda, the cakes, the cookie, the candy, chewing gum, pastries, all that stuff, yeah it tastes great, but you don't need it,"

To put that in perspective, if you drink a 16-ounce soda every day, that's an extra 70,000 calories per year.

If you cut that out, it amounts to a loss of 20 pounds per year. But what about diet soda?

While the zero calorie and zero sugar label might look better, the artificial sugars in diet soda can make your body less tolerant to glucose and increase sugar cravings.

In one study published by the American journal of public health, researchers found that people who drank diet soda compared to regular soda, consumed more calories from other foods and drinks.

So if health is really your goal, skip the sweetened drinks all together.

Some research suggests that our bodies cannot metabolize artificial sweeteners.

If they are consumed often, over time this can lead to real sugars being poorly metabolized resulting in increased calories and weight gain.
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