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Soda offers literally no nutritional benefits. Even diet soda has health risks, including an increased risk of heart attack, weight gain, and stroke. If that's not enough to inspire you to quit, know that continuing to down this beverage is sabotaging your weight-loss goals. Studies have shown that individuals who drink two diet sodas a day or more had waistlines that were 500 percent larger than the nondrinkers.

Better Choice: If you just love the effervescence of carbonated soda, choose sparkling water with a squeeze of fresh citrus.

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