, Daily InfographicHow Soft Drinks Impact Your Health

How Soft Drinks Impact Your Health

Y’all know me… I’m team ANTI soda. I don’t do soda, pop, fizzypop, drank, purple stuff… whatever you call it, I’m perfectly fine without it. It’s gross, full of calories and, quite frankly, offers my body nothing. It’s a waste. Just.. ugh.

That being said.. Deesha sent over this infographic from Term Life Insurance that offers up more than a little detail regarding how, exactly, sodapop affects our bodies. I can’t say anything more.. the graphic says it all:

Feel free to click the image to see the full sized version.

This infographic comes right on time, because this week’s challenge is to drink 8 glasses of water. Each day. Yes, eight. Know what that means – you shouldn’t have time to drink sodapop. Regardless of whether your vice is regular sodapop, diet sodapop or fancy schmancy “cane sugar sweetened soft drinks,” let ’em go.

Really, the goal for this week is to only drink water, but if you have a sugar addiction to cope with (no, really) then that would be difficult. So settle for 8 glasses of water this time. Set a schedule on your phone to just guzzle a glass every two hours. Grab yourself a container that holds 4 glasses of water at a time,and be sure to fill it two times a day. Make yourself a very excellent pitcher of naturally sweetened tea, if you must. But really… we’ve got to start getting beyond this stuff. No matter how much you love it… it ain’t clean.

By | 2017-06-10T11:26:49+00:00 February 3rd, 2014|Clean Eating Boot Camp, Daily Infographic|29 Comments

About the Author:

The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes food and fitness, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is also certified in sports nutrition by Precision Nutrition. She now lives in New York with her husband and children, and is working on her 6th and 7th certifications because she likes having alphabet soup at the end of her name.


  1. manda August 23, 2010 at 6:35 AM - Reply

    What types of drinks do you drink? I had another question as well, what do you think about the Weight Control Oatmeals they have?

    • Erika August 23, 2010 at 7:47 AM - Reply

      What do I drink? Water! Maybe an occasional flavored iced tea with honey if I need a sweetener (I have allergies.) but more often than not, it’s simply water.

      As far as those oatmeals go… you’re better off buying a giant can of quick cooking oats. THAT is all the “weight control” you need… without the extra price, IMO.

  2. Sarah August 23, 2010 at 9:05 AM - Reply

    That graphic is UNBELIEVEABLE. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing that.

    I used to drink Pepsi left and right, but have weaned myself off of it. When I want something fizzy (the real reason I liked sodas in the first place), I drink sparkling water. When I want something sweet, I drink Izze (a juice/sparking water blend — no added sugar/HFCS!). But, even then, I only drink about half the bottle, since drinking the whole thing (12 ounces) blows my carb load for the day (it’s about 45 carbs/bottle).

  3. JoAnna August 23, 2010 at 9:39 AM - Reply

    I used to be addicted to Ruby Red Squirt. I could finish off a 2-liter bottle in 2 days, but some of the fizz fizzled. So then I started buying 12pks two at a time per week. I was very depressed about my horrible job, and more month than money issues and that Ruby Red Squirt was there to make me feel better… And helped me pack on 50+lbs in 18 months. I do have to spread blame on fast food, lack of exercise and my mental state, but that soda was the hardest thing to give up.

    Club soda with fruit juice is a good substitute but who can drink a liter of it at a time before the fizz goes away?

  4. ChellBellz August 23, 2010 at 12:33 PM - Reply

    its funny because last week my sugar glucose test came back really high, I’m normally not a sugar person, but I drink alot of sweet teas, but i drink half of my daily water with my breakfast alone. 32 oz. Today I put down my tea, and picked up a Diet Coke…when i got back to drink it…the straw floated and the soda was wierd in the straw…I threw it away…and realized i would have to deal with water. I don’t know when things like soda, or juice do wierd things in cups it makes me sick. I can only imagine whats in the Diet Coke. I just think it’s funny that I got this email literally after i threw the soda away.

  5. Crystal August 23, 2010 at 12:38 PM - Reply

    When you say 8 glasses of water, is that the same as 64 ounces? “Glass” is subjective, lol.

    • Erika August 23, 2010 at 4:38 PM - Reply

      For now, I’m trying to avoid being specific on ounce amounts, because most “glasses” are larger than a cup/8oz anyway, you know? Right now, the goal is to just get people used to drinking water (and NOT fruit punch or soft drinks), then we can focus on numbers later. Feel me? LOL

  6. noiresky August 26, 2010 at 6:46 AM - Reply

    I love your site! Personally the former you is currently where I am at now; so you are truly my inspiration 🙂
    Great post about the soda, I just printed and posted the chart in the office. I am a total sugar-addict and have cut out sweet drinks. I swear there must be crack in this soda and the like because I have never had such intense cravings for anything like I have had with soda and HFC drinks. I am looking forward to trying your tip on Tea though and thank you again for your story and site

  7. Monique August 29, 2010 at 12:32 PM - Reply

    OMG but this is amazing, a while back i read a article you wrote about how much you lost simply change a few eating habits, one was soda and juice and it’s amazing how the weight comes off when your not drinking a 2 liter of pepsi and a half gallon of hawian punch a day, it was hard but when i took a sip of soda after a few weeks it tasted so diffrent,theres some kinda taste to it i never tasted before so THANK YOU with this site and the information you give us all it’s done wonder to change peoples life,ive lost 17 pounds and honestly just to see what it was like i found items in a grocery store equalling close to that weight and walked around with them and almost died,that was the weight my heart was carrying


  8. Nola August 29, 2010 at 3:24 PM - Reply

    I drink water, green tea, white tea, oolong (blue tea), Ruby Red grapefruit juice, unsweetened cranberry juice, Organic purple carrot juice (very high in beta carotene), orange carrot juice, lemon water and lime water. I try not to drink anything that does not offer my body some nutritonal value – unless ofcourse it’s booze but even then I aim for red wine, vodka clubsoda a fresh juice.

    What I have also learned is that it is not necessary to drink 64oz of water a day – people have taken it literally. The body should get 64oz of fluids preferably from a combination of things such as water, fruits, veggies, and whole (not loaded with sweeteners) fruit drinks and health promoting teas.

    • Erika August 29, 2010 at 3:44 PM - Reply

      I’m not sure what disqualifies 64oz as being “necessary,” but for the purpose of this part of the boot camp, 8 glasses is merely about getting in a drink, staying hydrated, and squashing the desire for something other than water. 8 glasses puts one at approx one glass every two hours. Very beneficial to the body.

      So while you may not die drinking less than 64oz, it will definitely make living a little better.

  9. Amber October 3, 2010 at 8:08 AM - Reply

    This post is so educational!

    I am not a fan of soda (the only time I ever have it is with liquor), but I do have a few people in my life I would love to share this with. If you ever do a post about the nonsense that is Kool-Aid, let me know! I really need to ween some people in my life off of that stuff!!

  10. atlgirl January 5, 2011 at 4:07 PM - Reply

    I drink orange juice like it’s water. Do you think that’s a bad thing???

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