Create a soft drink-free zone
A Harvard study of 6000 people found that drinking just one soft drink a day (diet or regular) increased the risk of obesity by 31 percent. Another study found that rats fed artificially sweetened drinks for 10 days gained more weight than those fed sugar-sweetened drinks. Researchers theorize that drinking the diet drinks makes your body prepare for a large intake of calories. When these fail to materialize, your body demands food by making you feel hungry. Instead of drinking soft drinks, opt for infused water.