2. Don’t drink your calories
Any form of liquid sugar calories is worse than solid food with sugar or flour. Think of it as mainlining sugar directly to your liver. It turns on a fat production machine in your liver (called lipogenesis), leading to dreaded belly fat. You don’t feel full, so you eat more all day and you crave more sugar and carbs.
Liquid calories (which include sodas, juices other than green vegetable juice, sports drinks, sweetened teas and coffees) are the single biggest source of sugar calories in our diet. One 20-ounce soda has 15 teaspoons of sugar; Gatorade contains 14 teaspoons of the stuff in one bottle. One can of soda a day increases a kid’s chance of being obese by 60 percent and a woman’s chance of type 2 diabetes by 80 percent. Stay away!