I will assume we have all come to terms with the fact that drinking pop (soda) is no good for you. Whether it be 'dark' or 'light' pop, diet or non diet, caffeine or no caffeine, pop just isn't any good for you - but we still like it. For many people, it is their downfall in their health, it is something that might drink on a daily basis, or something they have with every meal & for others, they might think by drinking a diet pop or sprite instead of coke, they are much better off, but that starts to not matter if you don't know how to control your intake of it (moderation). Everyone's "moderation" will be different, because some people can cut it out as a whole and others will have to learn to cut down the amount consumed. For example if you are someone who drinks it daily and consumes about 5-10 on a daily basis, maybe your "moderation" is drink 2 daily instead of 5-10 or drink 5 per week.. who knows, but still it means cutting down. 

 

Another thing people need to understand is that cutting down pop for someone who loves it, and drinks it often is just as hard as taking a cigarette from a smoker or coffee from an avid coffee drinker, it takes time and discipline and a willingness. So before we go around telling people who drink this to "stop drinking it" or "you shouldn't be drinking", we need to remember this isn't going to be an easy task for them. Typically when i have had past clients be honest and mention they drink pop often, I didn't mention that it was "bad for them" or "they shouldn't be drinking it", because this is something they already knew and I didn't tell them to "quit drinking pop" or to "give pop up and work on drinking more water", because again they might not want to stop drinking it (people don't like being told what to do), instead I changed my perspective and found a way that worked in order for them to see the health benefits from drinking less of it, or shared ideas to help them try different liquids in their diet - this didn't mean they didn't continue to drink it, this only meant I gave them options and helped them to see benefits that come from drinking less or none.. but if they chose to keep drinking it, then.. they knew the consequences of their results. 

 

The above information was just a disclosure, so that no one thought of this blog post as "JUST SAY NO" Act against pop, this is not what this is, this is an informative post to bring light on the negatives pop can have on the body and the mind honestly. Also, to add to this, I used to drink pop often, Sprite was my choice of pop ( I don't really like dark pop) but I can tolerate it, I prefer lighter pop, now I don't drink pop at all (rarely) .. it wasn't too difficult for me, but it got harder every so often when I was craving it - but I found something better for me that I like just as well & don't give thought to pop much at all these days. Now to the good stuff.. 

 

Pop - Why it isn't any good for you

 
  1. It dehydrates the body, which means you end up more thirsty even after drinking it - which is some of the reason why people will drink more after they have had a glass because it doesn't quench your thirst.. it just continues to make you more thirsty
  2. High sugar content - this is explanatory, this can lead to diabetes, insulin resistance, and extra weight gain from the sugar becoming fat
  3. Contains caffeine - studies have shown too much caffeine consumption can lead to other health issues
  4. Lack of nutrients
  5. Bad for the teeth - dentist say it can lead to plaque build up and gum disease
  6. Contains high frutose cough syrup- studies have said that it is has been associated with increased risk of heart disease and other health concerns
  7. Obesity- Drinking pop does not mean you will be obese but if you don't have self control over the amount you drink and live a sedentary lifestyle, it can lead to obesity 
  8. Contains phosphoric Acid- This interferes with the body's ability to absorb calcium, which can lead to osteoporosis, cavities, and bone softening
  9. The artificial sweeteners in diet pop are no better than the real sugars in non diet pop - Many of the artificial sweeteners have proven to do more harm than help - some of them being linked to different health problems. 
  10. Mentally- I have noticed the energy you may get from the pop last about maybe a hour.. and then you are back to being "gloomy", lazy and probably have little momentum (feel sluggish). For those that drink it for energy or to wake up, the sugar will wear off and when it does, consuming more will do the same and it will become a cycle - someone told me they had to switch pop because Mountain Dew no longer gave them the kick they needed since their body was getting used to it. (This wasn't during a study, this is just a reference to tell how this sugar works) 

Please feel to share, comment, like and follow. If you or anyone else you know loves pop, feel free to share what kind you drink, why you drink it and if you have noticed any negative signs from drinking too much of it. Thank you for reading. 

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxxx