For years and years, I drank an embarrassing quantity of diet soft drink each day. I would dutifully give up soft drinks each year during Lent, which is 46 days. But other than that respite, I would drink multiple cans of diet Coke a day. I discovered Coke Zero especially addictive.
Last November I stopped drinking soft drinks. It isn't easy, and I much prefer a substitute of Vitamin Zero Water instead of ordinary water. I'm pretty resigned that I am addicted to taste.
Rethink your drink published by the CDC encourages people to not drink sugar-weighted drinks. In a very conservative diet, they show someone who drinks beverages with sugar is ingesting 800 calories that could be eliminated by something with calories.
A 12 ounce cola has 136 calories and a healthy orange juice has 168 calories. Chocolate milk is 208 calories for only 8 ounces. So isn't just colas that add calories.
So what does the CDC recommend? Water. Well, they temper it a bit. Drink plain coffee or tea. Add a splash of 100 percent juice to water to give it taste without tipping the calorie meter.