Ever notice that the more sugar you consume, the more you crave it? It’s one reason experts say that if you’re trying to lose weight, cutting out soda—even diet soda—is a smart move.
“The sweeteners used in diet sodas are so much sweeter than regular sugars that it alters your taste buds,” says Linda Lee, MD, director of the Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center. “You begin to crave sweets and believe that other foods that are less sweet are no longer satisfying because your taste buds are now used to that intense sweetness.”
Saying no to soda can have a domino effect, making it easier to cut out other bad-for-you foods. That kind of domino effect is the idea behind Sharecare’s Make a Change Challenge.
Make one tiny tweak to your lifestyle every week for six weeks and you’ll be amazed at how terrific you’ll look and feel before summer’s over. Best of all, enter the challenge and you’ll have a chance to win a great prize every week. The more weeks you enter, the better your chances of winning the grand prize of $6,000!
This week’s challenge: Find one way to cut calories. Cutting out sugary drinks is an easy one. For tasty alternatives to sweet beverages—and other remarkably achievable approaches to cutting calories—visit our challenge center.
Ready to go? Enter before Monday morning and you could win this week’s prize, a Hurom 32-ounce slow juicer.
Change can be hard—but making one small change for just a week? You can do it. And who knows where it might lead.
Take this week’s challenge and let us know how it’s going in the comment box below.
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