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How to Stop Drinking Coca-Cola & Lose Weight

By Heather Topham Wood ; Updated July 18, 2017

If you drink a lot of Coca-Cola and other soft drinks over the course of the day, weight loss may prove difficult. A 12-oz. can of Coca-Cola contains 140 calories. Besides making dietary changes and cutting out soda, you need to make time to exercise each day. You should work out 45 to 60 minutes most days of the week to lose weight, according to the WomensHealth.gov website. Speak to your doctor about monitoring your weight as you make diet and exercise changes.

Switch to caffeine-free Coca-Cola if you find it difficult to completely cut out soda from your diet. The caffeine in Coca-Cola can be addictive and may bring on withdrawal symptoms, according to CBS News HealthWatch. You may drink a lot of soda to get your caffeine fix and consume empty calories in the process. By switching to caffeine-free, you are working on breaking the addiction.

Trade a single can of Coca-Cola each day for Diet Coke. Diet Coke has zero calories and will not hinder your weight loss goals.

Cut out all regular varieties of Coca-Cola from your diet. If you stop drinking five cans of Coca-Cola daily, you are reducing your intake by 700 calories.

Drink even healthier beverages. Although diet sodas cut down your calorie intake, you can choose drinks with more nutritional value. Suggestions provided by the MayoClinic.com include skim milk, water and 100 percent fruit juice. To give the water more flavor without extra calories, flavor with lemon or lime slices.

Change the rest of your diet. Besides avoiding soft drinks, you need to make healthy food choices to lose weight. Avoid foods high in calories and saturated fat. Eat mostly lean meats, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free varieties of dairy products.

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