Our expert says:
It is very possible that drinking large quantities of sweetened cold drinks has triggered this weight gain esp in the abdominal area. Liquid sugar has been identified as being more obesogenic than solid sugar (e.g. table sugar which is used as a sweetening agent on porridge, etc). This finding together with the relatively large quantities of cold drinks that one can easily consume in a day, will boost your energy intake and your consumption of liquid sugar. So as a start, please stop drinking cold drinks that are sweetened with sugar and switch over to drinking water and soda water instead (zero kJ!). Fruit juice is also a liquid that is high in dissolved sugars - so don't substitute fruit juice for the sweetened cold drinks, unless you use freshly squeezed fruit juice and consume moderate quantities (e.g. 1/2 to 1 glass a day). You can try using an energy-reduced, low-fat, high-fibre diet (click on 'Diet & Nutrition' at the top of this page, then on 'Healthy Diets' and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet), and increasing your energy output by doing regular exercise (running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming, join a gym or Walk for Life)for at least 30 min a day. Also do some exercises that target the tummy such as sit-ups.
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