Don’t make the One Less challenge a temporary change… Make it a lifestyle
It’s easy to fall into bad habits. While sugary drinks are still consumed regularly by millions of Americans, keep in mind that it can significantly increase your risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease over time.
- Regularly drinking sugar-sweetened beverages – even just 1 to 2 cans a day or more – increase one’s risk for type 2 diabetes by 26% (Malik).
- Another study, looking at women’s health over 20 years, found that women who drank 2 or more SSB’s on a daily basis had a 40% higher risk for heart attacks or diagnosed with heart disease than women who did not (Fung).
- Sugar-sweetened beverage consumption is a MAJOR contributor to weight gain and obesity in the U.S (Hu).
My advice to you?
Everything in moderation! You definitely do not need to cut out all sugary drinks. Ultimately, the One Less campaign is challenging you to be a better version of yourself through small everyday health changes. Whatever motivates you the most – better gym performance, a healthier smile, weight loss, greater energy, or the several other health benefits associated with drinking one less – it matters!
- Fung TT, Malik V, Rexrode KM, Manson JE, Willett WC, Hu FB. Sweetened beverage consumption and risk of coronary heart disease in women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2009;89:1037-42.
- Hu FB. Resolved: there is sufficient scientific evidence that decreasing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption will reduce the prevalence of obesity and obesity-related diseases. Obes Rev. 2013;14:606-19.
- Malik VS, Popkin BM, Bray GA, Despres JP, Willett WC, Hu FB. Sugar-sweetened beverages and risk of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes: a meta-analysis. Diabetes Care. 2010;33:2477-83.