Jennifer Hill, ISU Dietetic Intern

June 1st, 2018

Did you know that what you drink every day can cause you to gain weight? According to eatright.org, people are drinking more soft drinks, juices, and other beverages that are high in sugar and calories without balancing their caloric intake from food. Over time, this can lead to weight gain and other health problems.

Here are a few fun and simple ways to decrease the amount of sugar and calories you are drinking, and increase your water intake:

  • Switch from whole milk to low fat or skim milk. You’ll get all the same health benefits without the extra calories.
  • Drink only 4-6 ounces of juice a day. If you have a difficult time keeping to that amount, add water. You can still enjoy the flavor of the juice without the extra sugar and calories.
  • Last but not least, if you don’t like the way plain water tastes, add fruit to it. Fill an ice cube tray with fruit, add water, and freeze it overnight. The next day you have a sweet, healthy, drink that has almost no sugar or calories.

There are countless ways to add flavor to water, have fun with it. No matter how small this change may seem, it will make a difference over time.

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