I love the fizzy feel of soda pop, but didn't like the calories and nasty ingredients. I was also trying to lower my sodium. I switched to seltzer water, which I can flavor with real fruit juice like lemon and lime. This has saved me money, improved my health, and I even like the taste of it quite a bit more!
I travel a lot and normally get Ginger Ale to drink when they come around...I've switched for those times (most flights) when I want something to eat, or just something other than the water I bring on board. Now I ask for Bloody Mary mix on ice with a lime...it's free, and satisfies. The whole can is ony 70 calories and counts toward F&V servings!
Yogi Tea's = Green Tea Super Antioxidant, Detox, (kidney and liver) and Healthy Fasting + 1/2 a lemon juiced (you can just squeeze it in). Not only are you detoxing, but you are kick starting your metabolism in the morning AND kicking your hunger to the curb. No sweeteners needed for this drink. Its really good... make sure to drink warm as it tricks your brain into thinking that you are full.
To lose weight, don't drink pop, diet or otherwise. It expands your stomach walls. IF you drink, make sure : no carbonation and no more than 8 grams of sugar in the ingredients. Minute Maid Light Lemonade & Cherry Limeade with ICE....0 sugar, 5 calories. So next time you get thirsty? Check that out OR Fuze Slenderize 10 calories 1g sugar, or Lifewater, check to see what the sugar is in it. So other than coffee or tea, those are great options.
I;m a sucker for the holiday drinks at starbucks. I do get non-fat and they are still loaded with carbs. If you are like me and have to watch the carb intake...STAY AWAY!