Dr. Oz's 4-Week Soda Detox

Soda is an addictive stimulant. Break the cycle with this plan.

Dr. Oz's 4-Week Soda Detox

The average American drinks 53 gallons of soda a year. If it's regular soda, that comes to about 49 pounds of sugar. Soda is loaded with caffeine, high-fructose corn syrup and calories. In addition to contributing to weight gain, soda increases your risk of diabetes, bone weakening and tooth decay. Break your addiction to soda with this plan.

Watch: Dr. Oz on Why You Should Quit Drinking Diet Soda


Week #1

Quitting any addiction cold turkey is hard to do and it increases your chance of relapse. This week, switch from all regular soda to diet soda. Add foods high in L-glutamine, like eggs, beans and fish to your diet. L-glutamine is an amino acid that helps to reduce sugar cravings.

Go Sugar-Free
During the first week of the challenge, you will break the addiction to sugar. Switch from regular soda to sugar-free, diet soda only. If you only drink diet soda already, you're one step ahead of the game. Try to consume one fewer can per day.

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