Posted by Amy
Here's a fact most people don't know; an average 600ml bottle of regular soft drink has about 16 packs of sugar. Sixteen. One-six.
Having one of these drinks every day could increase your body weight by almost seven kilograms in a year (assuming your diet and exercise regime remains the same).
That's pretty scary stuff, particularly when being overweight or obese can lead to a whole range of serious health problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers.
If this is you, and you don't believe reducing your sugary drink intake will make a difference, think again.
Mani is a 21 year old personal trainer. But he wasn't always so fit and healthy.
After a break up with his girlfriend two years ago, Mani realised his lifestyle wasn't that healthy and set out to make some changes.
"I was drinking about a litre of soft drink a day and on the weekends I could easily smash a few litres of energy drink in an hour while playing video games. I just didn't really think about it. I would drink these sugary drinks instead of water.
Once Mani consciously cut back on junk food and sugary drinks he began to notice a real difference. He dropped around 20 kilos in the first instance going from 86kgs to 68kgs. He has since built himself up to 75kg through increased weight training.
"Cutting out soft drink and energy drinks wasn't hard because I could see the results which was really motivating. The breakthrough was being really conscious of what I was putting in my body.
"I would caution anybody who is in the habit of consuming these sugary drinks regularly to think about what they're really drinking. All that sugar with no nutritional benefit adds up."
If you think it's time to rethink sugary drink or would like some more information, check out www.rethinksugarydrink.org.au.