Diet Soda Can Help You Lose 10 Pounds

When it comes to finding simple things to lose ten pounds in a year, often the answer is easy.  It means changing your tastes – and finding something that is a lower calorie alternative or substitution for what you normally drink.

Soda pop is nothing but pure liquid calories – and often I see people walk around with a huge container filled with soda from some convenience store.  Did you know that a can of soda is about 100 calories for 8 ounces? There it is– a simple way to save ten pounds in a year.

I don’t think that even diet soda is a great thing for the health-conscious consumer- but it is a step to better health.

Still, be on the look out for liquid calories that add up quickly for your weight gain.

The 20 ounces bottle of Sunkist soda is 325 calories! That isn’t “natural goodness” in there– that is the same amount of calories as over a dozen chocolate chip cookies.

Snapple 20 ounces is 250 calories. Drink one of those a day above what you burn for calories and at the end of the year you will have gained 25 pounds!

And don’t forget that cup of latte you get – well, the Starbucks Frappuccino (13.7 ounce bottle) is 290 calories! A simple cup of coffee with a teaspoon of sugar and creamer is 25 calories (add ice in the summer to make a cold coffee drink).

So, when it comes to liquid calories- water is best, calorie free, and will quench your thirst. If you “must” drink soda– don’t drink the kind with sugar or high fructose corn syrup – instead, drink zero calorie soda.

Other healthy alternatives include Propel Fit Lemon, only 25 calories, or Desani Plus Pomegranate Blackberry, zero calories. Sobe Lean Mango Melon is 12.5 calories.  And for your water you can always purchase packages of Crystal Lite to place in the water– zero calories!

Remember, changing 100 calories a day is 10 pounds in a year. So think about those liquid calories – and try some new ones.

Dr. Terry Simpson About Dr. Terry Simpson
Dr. Terry Simpson received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago where he spent several years in the Kovler Viral Oncology laboratories doing genetic engineering. He found he liked people more than petri dishes, and went to medical school. Dr. Simpson, a weight loss surgeon is an advocate of culinary medicine. The first surgeon to become certified in Culinary Medicine, he believes teaching people to improve their health through their food and in their kitchen. On the other side of the world, he has been a leading advocate of changing health care to make it more "relationship based," and his efforts awarded his team the Malcolm Baldrige award for healthcare in 2011 for the NUKA system of care in Alaska and in 2013 Dr Simpson won the National Indian Health Board Area Impact Award. A frequent contributor to media outlets discussing health related topics and advances in medicine, he is also a proud dad, husband, author, cook, and surgeon “in that order.” For media inquiries, please visit

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  1. Steven Holloway says:

    Hi Doctor — If you are interested about the health of your patients you should look at recent studies linking diet soda consumption to Type 2 Diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Diet Soda is NOT a healthy alternative for individuals who are overweight.

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