My Soda Habit Story
I'll be 35 years old tomorrow, and I've had a soda habit since I was a kid. Growing up, it wasn't uncommon for me to drink 2, 3, or even 4 sodas per day. As you might guess, I've also been overweight most of my life too, which is certainly not a coincidence. But at 35, I finally kicked my soda habit. I'm down almost 10 pounds this year, and best of all, I feel like what I'm doing is sustainable.
Here's what's working for me, and hopefully it'll help you on your journey too.
Step 1: Know the Problem
If you're reading this, then you've likely already heard or read about the major health issues that can result from regularly eating or drinking high levels of sugar.
And a lot of other people have too, judging Google Trends. The interest-over-time for "Low Sugar" has been slowly-but-steadily increasing over the last several years.
Google Trends - Searches for "Low Sugar" for the Previous Five (5) Years
Of all the ways that consumers regularly ingest sugar, sugary beverages are the primary culprits. These include:
According to the American Heart Association, the maximum recommended sugar intake is 36 grams of sugar per day for men. For women, it's 25 grams. Each one of the drink examples above is either right at those limits or way above them, all from one drink.
Seeing how bottle and can sizes vary, it's also interesting to look at the sugar concentration as shown below.
One of the more surprising realizations for most people is how most fruit juices really aren't good for you. Sure they provide some benefits like vitamins and other nutrients, so in that way they are better than sodas. But the sugar content per ounce for Minute Maid orange juice is essentially the same as a Coke!
There are plenty of people smarter than me that study this topic for their day jobs, so I'll leave it to them to provide additional details and research about sugar and health. Here are some of the more helpful articles we've read.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Guidance on Added Sugars
WebMD: How Sugar Affects Your Body
American Heart Association: How Much Sugar is too Much?
Healthline: 11 Reasons Why Too Much Sugar is Bad for You
And keep in mind that diet sodas aren't free-and-clear of problems either. There is growing evidence that drinks with artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose are bad for you as well, as discussed here.
Step 2: Find Your Real Motivation
You can always have a combination of motivations, and many of these are related (like weight loss and long-term health). But whatever the situation, the key is to figure out what primary focus and goal really motivates you.
A Personal Story - My New Motivation
After reading articles about how sugar essentially acts like a poison and how sodas in particular are "empty calories" that provide no nutritional benefit, I knew it was in my best interest to quit.
Each time I tried to change, I would start off a few days or weeks without sodas, but then I would slip and start drinking them again. The most common backfiring strategies I used were:
The reason that these backfiring strategies worked on me was that I hadn't determined what my real motivation was yet. I said I wanted to lose weight, and that can work for many people. But the problem, for me, is that I'm fairly comfortable in my own skin already. Also, I have always been overweight so it's not easy for me to truly realize how much better I might feel to achieve a healthy weight. It was more abstract.
But as I got older, something happened. I started thinking more about how little time we truly have, and how chronic diseases that we always read about and learned of back in school are very real. And then someone very close to me passed away. He smoked most of his life, and though he was finally able to quit a few years ago, by then the damage was done. He developed cancer and passed away earlier this year. He urged me to improve my habits now and to learn from his life experiences. This changed my motivational focus.
Instead of just wanting to lose weight, my new focus became achieving better long-term health. This seemingly small change in my focus and goals made all the difference for me.
Step 3: Strategies for Change
Once you know what really motivates you, it's time to start thinking about how you'll make changes.
There are many strategies that you can use to cut out soda from your diet. Here are a few.
A Personal Story - My New Routine
Honestly, I've used all of the strategies listed above to varying degrees. But the ones that helped me the most are #1 and #4. By drinking more water, I've been able to feel fuller and am less likely to drive to the store for a soda. And by using a flavored drink alternative, I can still take a break from "boring" water each day and satisfy my need for flavor.
This is what's working for me.
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Step #4 (If Needed): Don't Be Afraid to Reset
Stopping any habit can have its ups and downs. It took me over a dozen attempts over the years before I reached sustainable change. Don't feel ashamed if you don't succeed initially. Re-evaluate your motivations and strategies, and keep trying.
After debuting just over 10 years ago, Hydro Flasks quickly gained traction as the go-to insulated water bottle. For many people, the simple benefit of having a bottle that is vacuum-insulated was enough of a selling point. For others, it's the clean, yet stylish design. Whatever the reason, Hydro Flask continues to build its following and shows no signs of slowing down.
It's only natural what happened next. A whole range of accessories have been developed with the goal of making life with these amazing but cumbersome bottles a little easier.
We here at BottlePro got involved in this niche early with our cup holder adapter, so we've seen it grow over the years, including new notable accessories coming available fairly often. Here are some of our favorites for the best accessories for Hydro Flasks in 2022 (focusing on 32 and 40 ounce bottles).
ACCESSORIES FOR GETTING AROUND
The most common accessories for Hydro Flasks involve making it easier to bring your bottle wherever your adventures take you. These include cup holders, bottles slings, and handles.
#1: Cup Holder Adapter
#2: Stylish Bottle Sling
#3: Heavy-Duty Bottle Sling
#4: Leather Bottle Sling
#5: Paracord Handle
ACCESSORIES FOR PROTECTION
Next, consider investing in something that can help keep your bottle looking great for years to come.
#6: Bottle Sleeve
#7: Bottle Boot
ACCESSORIES FOR FLAVOR AND ICE
Now that your bottle is easier to bring along with you on your adventures, it's time to think about ways to improve what you're actually drinking!
#7: Flavor Infuser
#8: Ice Alternative
#9: Splash Guard / Ice Stopper
ACCESSORIES FOR CLEANING
It's not the sexiest category, but you should certainly put some thought into cleaning your Hydro Flask.
#10: Brush Kit
Bonus: Bottle Tablet Cleaners
We reviewed four popular adapters on the market today. This video will help you decide which cup holder adapter to purchase for your bottle. Clicking the links will take you to Amazon so you can check prices.
If you'd rather read the review, we've included a transcript of this video below for reference.
(And if you purchase something, we get a referral fee as an Amazon Associate! Thanks for your support!)
And while we focus on a few types of Hydro Flasks, this review is also applicable to other large bottles like Nalgenes, YETIs, Klean Kanteens, Simple Moderns, Takeyas, Thermoflasks, Iron Flasks, Fifty/Fifty, Swig, and many other popular bottles on the market today.
If you're not sure whether you need an adapter at all, we highly-recommend you visit the blog post referenced at the beginning of the video so you can determine if your car's cup holders will likely work with any of these adapters. Or if you're using a smaller bottle, you may not even need an adapter! Just click the link below to view that post.
Which Hydro Flasks Fit in Cup Holders? - The Ultimate Guide (Updated for 2022)
Hydro Flasks are great bottles, but many of them are so big that they don’t fit in standard cup holders. So we’re going to review four of the most popular cup holders on the market today, and give you our thoughts and recommendations. Links to purchase are in the description.
This video focuses on comparing cup holder adapters needed to use larger Hydro Flasks, and we assume you already know you need an adapter. But you may not need one at all if you have a smaller Hydro Flask, like a 21oz. Check out our blog post for a full step-by-step guide. Link in the description.
Let’s get started.
First we have Amazon Basics. Like many popular categories, Amazon released their own cup holder and have undercut most other adapters on the market. But it’s still very functional and a good option on a budget
Next up we have BottlePro, which is our cup holder adapter.
In summary, BottlePro is a great budget alternative to Amazon Basics for 32 and 40 ounce Hydro Flasks, but for smaller diameter bottles, you might want to look at an adapter with centralizer tabs. And keep an eye out for our upcoming 3rd version, which will have many improvements.
Next is Swigzy, which is a great premium option.
Last is Joytutus. This cup holder is a good option overall.
So that’s it! We hope this review has been helpful. Don’t forget to check out our website at bottlepro.net, where we have other products like infusers and splash guards for Hydro Flasks. And subscribe to our blog for more content like this, hydration news, and updates on product deals. Thanks for watching.
This post is up-to-date as of April 7, 2022. If you see any wrong information here, please let us know and we will update this post!
WHICH HYDRO FLASKS FIT IN CAR CUP HOLDERS?
With the every-growing popularity of reusable water bottles like Hydro Flasks, more and more people are wondering what is the best way to keep their bottle close at hand on the road?
But which Hydro Flasks fit in cup holders, and do you need a cup holder adapter for your car? This can be a tougher question to answer than you might initially think because of the sheer number of cup holder designs and water bottle sizes.
We've developed this step-by-step guide to help you make the best decision for your situation.
And while this post is primarily focused on Hydro Flasks, it also applies to similar reusable bottles like Nalgenes, YETIs, Klean Kanteens, Iron Flasks, Thermoflasks, Takeyas, Simple Moderns, Fifty/Fifty, and many others that are on the market today.
LOOK AT YOUR CAR'S EXISTING CUP HOLDER
Before thinking about which Hydro Flask will work for you, we recommend taking a closer look at your car
First, measure your cup holder's diameter and save it for later.
Then, determine if you have a "standard" or "non-standard" cup holder according to the descriptions below. This can have a major impact on whether cup holder adapters would fit securely in your vehicle, which opens the possibility of using larger bottles.
WHICH HYDRO FLASK WORKS BEST FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE?
Now that you know whether you have a "standard" or "non-standard" cup holder, it's time to think about what size bottle you'd like to have. Keep in mind that the "narrow", "wide", or "oversized" designations below refer to the bottle diameter, not the mouth diameter. For example, you can have a 20oz Wide Mouth bottle that is categorized under "Narrow" because it is only 2.91" diameter.
The lists below are based on specifications listed on Hydro Flasks website and some that we independently verified. If you already have a bottle, we recommend measuring its base yourself to make 100% sure that you have the correct measurement. If your bottle has a protective boot, then you should also include this in the width measurement (they generally add around 0.25" to the diameter, but it varies based on the boot manufacturer).
The mug measurements are for the diameter of the body, not including the handle.
The links in the lists of bottles go to the product pages on Amazon.
There's a lot of information here, so to make it easier, we've developed this flowchart to help you sort through it all. You just need to know (1) whether you have a "standard" or "non-standard" cup holder and (2) the diameter of your cup holder compared the diameter of your desired bottle.
Disclaimer: The information provided above has been fact-checked against Hydro Flask and Amazon websites (and with some in-person measurements). The flowchart below is based on our experience and observations. However, please note that we cannot 100% guarantee compatibility of any resulting purchases you make because there are literally hundreds of thousands of different bottle/cup holder/adapter combinations once you add them all up. But hey, that's what return policies are for!
With that said, let's dive right in!
NEED AN ADAPTER?
If you determined that you need an adapter, then check out the adapters listed below. Unlike back in 2015 when BottlePro launched, there are plenty of cup holder adapter options on the market nowadays. Here are some of our favorites.
Best Budget Option
Best Alternative to Amazon Basics
Best Premium Option
Alternative for Bottles between 3.8" and 4.25"
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