What Happens To Your Body If You Only Drink Coke For A Month
An hour or so after lunch, most people feel they are beginning to crash. Waking up early in the morning to go to work and after hours of sitting down in front of a computer, it’s tempting to reach for something sweet to keep us awake and alert for the remainder of the afternoon.
Although, it’s more beneficial to stretch and walk outside for a couple of minutes, drink water, or have a fruit, folks fall into the temptation to have a cold, refreshing soda. It may seem like getting that sugar rush is a quick and easy option, nonetheless, it comes with health impacting consequences.
George Prior started a 30-day soda challenge to highlight the changes the body goes through when drinking Coke. The 50-year-old drank ten 12-ounce cans of Coke everyday for one month, documenting himself in the process. One can of Coke has 140 calories and 25 grams of sugar.
Prior says ten cans of Coke is definitely a lot for one person to drink in a day.
He says people will say "everyone knows it wouldn’t be healthy to drink ten cokes a day, and, besides, I only drink four Cokes a day."
The 50-year-old follows a paleo diet, excluding processed foods, dairy, and grain products.
Prior wants others to take into account everything else they are drinking. "If you add in the two glasses of orange juice, the two sweetened coffee drinks from Starbucks, the 16 ounce Odwalla drink, the two 'healthy' brand ice teas, and the $9 fruit smoothie you waited ten minutes in line for, you’ve made my ten Cokes look like child’s play," he says on his website.
He believes Americans drink "at least the sugar equivalent of my ten Cokes."
Prior went to have a full physical to make sure he was healthy and fit prior to starting the challenge.
During the 30 day challenge Prior found himself craving more Coke and sugar in general.
The World Health Organization recommends children and adults decrease their sugar level intake to at least 25 grams of sugar per day.
Consuming extra amounts of sugar has dire consequences.
Dr. Robert Lustig, an expert on childhood obesity at the University of California, San Francisco says "sugar is toxic beyond its calories."
Some of the effects of consuming too much sugar lies on the body's inability to process it.
"When you metabolize fructose in excess, your liver has no choice but to turn that energy into liver fat and that liver fat causes all of the downstream metabolic diseases," explains Lustig.
According to the American Heart Association, Americans are consuming an average of 22.2 teaspoons of sugar per day.
Diabetes, obesity, liver failure, high blood pressure, gout, and kidney disease are just some of the consequences from high sugar consumption.
During the first couple of days, Prior was gaining a pound a day.
His challenge meant he consumed an extra 1,400 calories and 390 grams of sugar a day.
At the end of the month, Prior felt the consequences from drinking 10 cans of Coke a day.
"I feel heavier, I can’t wear my long pants to work anymore. My clothes all fit tightly and I can’t bend over easily."
Prior does not see himself drinking soda in the near future.
"If I have to drink another Coke in 1,000 years it would be one Coke too soon," he says.
During the challenge, Prior gained 23 pounds. He went from 168 to 192 pounds.
His body fat increased from 9 per cent to 16 per cent.
Watch Prior's 10 Cokes a Day challenge.