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It's no secret that sugar-sweetened beverages can contribute to unwanted weight gain and can increase risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Even worse? It’s a hard habit to kick!

Before you can change your sugar lovin’ drinking habits, you must first ask yourself, “Why do I choose to drink soda/energy drinks/sports drinks?”

Look at the reasons listed below. Sound familiar?  Read more about how each reason can be swapped out with a healthier alternative!

Because you’re feeling thirsty?

Thirst is your body’s way of telling you that you’re already dehydrated. This is the best time to go for a glass of water. If you’re bored with plain water, try adding some mint or basil leaves to give it a pleasant and refreshing flavor.

Because you’re sweating from a workout or craving something sweet?

Sports drinks can be loaded with extra sugar and sodium that can lead to unwanted weight gain and an increase in blood pressure. If you’re trying to refuel your body after a workout try grabbing some fresh fruit to eat alongside your water. Not only are fruits – like cantaloupe, watermelon and strawberries – a good source of energy, but they are made up of 90 percent water or more.

Because you like bubbles?

Some people report drinking soda not only for the flavor, but for the bubbles as well! Try swapping your sugary soda for a sugar-free flavored seltzer water! There are more and more flavors every day spanning from lemon-lime to orange creamsicle!

Because you need a caffeine kick?

When picking a beverage to wake you up in the morning or to get through an afternoon slump, try going for black coffee or tea. There are many different varieties of both coffee and tea. Just because you don’t like one type of black coffee or tea, doesn’t mean there isn’t one out there for you.

You can also try reducing your caffeine intake by energizing your body in other ways, too. A morning stretch routine can wake the body up and get your blood flowing, and an afternoon walk can help you return to work feeling refreshed.

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