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2 Mistakes People Make When Trying to Get Healthier

There are some mistakes that most people make when trying to become healthier. One of these things is drinking juice or sweetened beverages like iced tea. Juice sounds like a better option than soda and it is but it is still unnecessary added sugar.

It's also best to avoid "vitamin enriched' sports drinks. Vitamins can't undo the sugars and additives in a beverage, and you are much better off gaining your nutrients through diet (or a multi vitamin if necessary). Of course, adding vitamins to a drink doesn't do any actual harm, but it confuses consumers into thinking that the beverage is a healthy choice. A bottle of vitaminwater contains 33 grams of sugar, making it closer to a soft drink than to a healthy beverage.

Americans now get nearly 25% of their calories from liquids. In 2009, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health published a report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, finding that the quickest and most reliable way to lose weight is to cut down on liquid calorie consumption. And the best way to do that is to reduce or eliminate beverages that contain added sugar. The healthiest drink is water. For added flavour, try infusing water with lemon or lime slices, strawberries or other fruit. Other options include nut or seed milks, coconut water or green tea.

Another common mistake that people make is skimping on breakfast. The midday slump doesn't happen spontaneously at 4 o'clock. That starts at breakfast. People often skip breakfast and try to be really good for lunch but 3 o'clock hits and start to feel tired because of the drop in blood sugar and crave sugar when they get hungry then. Begin your day healthy and that'll make it easier to keep it that way.