Diet Soda vs. Regular Soda; Which is worse for you?

I work at a restaurant (which will stay un-named), and many guest and co-workers have asked me overtime, “is diet soda really that bad for you?”  Well, over the years I have always heard the answer was YES; and that the average american gains 10 lbs a year from drinking soda.  So that is what I have always told people when they ask me.

In the back of my mind, I have always wondered if that was really the case.  So I decided to do some extra research.

I am a really blunt person, so I am not afraid to say that yes, soda may taste good, but it is bad for you.  It is full of sugars or sugar substitutes, contains phosphoric acid, which according to some studies, may harm bones.

Other studies say that high intakes of added sugars are linked with high blood pressure and high triglyceride levels, that may result to risk factors for heart disease.

Overall calorie-wise, yes, the diet version seems healthier, but if you take a look at main ingredients phosphoric acid, sugar, aspartame, and caffiene, there is a big difference. Also, even though it is low in calories, diet soda may also lead to weight gain. Drinking sweet beverages makes you crave sweet foods, which can lead to higher numbers on the scale.

Truthfully, soda in general is not healthy, whether it’s diet or regular. It offers no nutritional value whatsoever.  Drink some refreshing water as your beverage of choice. If that is to boring for you, then why not squeeze in some lemon or lime juice, or drink some green tea instead. If you crave something sweeter, there are plenty of fruit juices out there to choose from, just make sure it’s 100 percent juice and not fruit-flavored sugar-water.  In the end if you are still craving that “soda taste”, you could always go for a club soda.

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Victorias Secret Workout

Every year I always watch the Victorias Secret Fashion Show, just like everyone else and I have always wondered, what does it take to get their bodies.

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I have seen a behind the scenes video called, “a day of an angel” where they show the workout and it is intense.  It was a while ago when I saw it.

The other day I came across their workout on the web, and decided why not share it with you.

Here it is:

2 minutes: Light stretching, including Good Mornings and Good Mornings with Knee Bends
1 minute: Jumping Jacks
30 seconds: Platypus Walks
1 minute: Shadowboxing with Crossovers, Uppercuts and Knee Bends
1 minute: Plié Squats with Calf Raises
2 minutes: Reverse Lunges
1 minute: Squat Thrusts
1 minute: Scissors Reverse Crunches
2 minutes: Deluxe
1 minute: Bench Stepups (if possible, combine with Triceps Kickbacks)
1 minute: Pushups

Now for the diet: The models eat small meals 5 times a day. They avoid processed food and usually stick to eating organic fruit and vegetables when possible. Their diet is high in protein so they keep their muscle and only lose fat.

There you have it! Now you have the ability to look as sexy as a Victoria’s Secret Model! If you don’t have a willingness to work hard, chances are you will just go from one fad diet to the next. It didn’t take you a week to gain all the weight you may be trying to lose, so don’t expect to lose it in a week.