The Truth About Juice, Soda and Water

Today I am going to breakdown the difference between drink choices and how they can affect your workouts. The recommended serving size is eight fluid ounces, but I am going discuss what a 20 ounce serving can do. The human body is made up of almost all water and it is recommended that you drink at least 64 fluid ounces of water a day. I recommend drinking 80 to 90 ounces of water if you workout on a regular basis. Soda, tea, and coffee are a few examples of diuretics, which dehydrate the body.

Below is a breakdown of drink choices, calories in each, and how long it will take to burn. The following exercise information is based on a four mile per hour walking pace.

  • First, water is the best choice, but does not have any vitamins, minerals, or calories (which is a good thing). So, drinking water does not require any extra exercise.
  • Next, is diet soda, which is a diuretic, but has zero calories and requires no extra time on the treadmill either.
  • A sports drink contains 125 calories per 20 ounces and contains vitamins and minerals as well. It takes nearly 20 minutes to burn a 20 ounce serving.
  • Fruit juice (100%) contains plenty of sugar and 230 calories, which requires 34 minutes of exercise to burn.
  • Lastly, a regular soda is loaded with sugar and carbohydrates and contains 250 calories. Regular soda requires 38 minutes of exercise to burn off.

One Response to The Truth About Juice, Soda and Water

  1. JEM says:

    Interesting, I never knew Diet Soda was a diuretic. I try to only drink water but allow one diet soda a day with dinner.

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