Now that spring is officially here, that means summer will be here before we know it, and when I hear summer, I think bathing suits. I know the countdown is on and time is running out before I have to look at this body in the mirror in a swimsuit, and so does the rest of the world when I go on vacation. So that means operation HURRY THE HECK UP in shedding a few pounds, like NOW is underway! HA!
Am I terribly overweight? No. I’m just a few pounds heavier than I’d like to be. We all have our personal issues of where we like ourselves. For me, this has gradually crept up this past fall and winter, as it does with most people. I’m no different
Cutting something as simple as this has helped me quite a bit….
Cutting the cokes. “Cokes”. I use that word loosely. (I’m from Chicago…. there, it’s soda and pop… in Oklahoma, it’s “cokes”… but every soda is a coke, got it? … anyways… ) But let me clarify…. All the soda’s I’ve shown you are DIET. (and all the ones I’m showing you are the ones that were my PERSONAL faves that I USED to buy) Yes, cutting the DIET cokes. So then why the problem? After all, they’re DIET, right?
First, diet soda is bad because the stuff that makes it diet can do all kinds of bad things to our bodies. Real sugar is better then the artificial sweeteners. … and just to let you know, I drank those listed above NOT because they were diet, but because I felt the original were TOO sweet for me. The regular sodas to me tasted like syrup.
Second, the artificial sweeteners actually make you feel hungrier given the artificial sweeteners that signal the brain to crave extra food. Nice, huh? Counterproductive. One study actually found that diet soda enhances weight gain by as much as 41%. I can recall many times pouring myself a diet Dr. Pepper and then going, “hmmmm, I sure would like something to add to this!” … If you’re a diet Coke drinker, think about your behavior. Does that ever happen to you?
Mind you, I’m referring to DIET sodas here. Not regular. Can you imagine if I drank regular sodas? With all the sugars in them? Studies show that two cans or glasses of soda per day adds approximately 24 to 35 pounds of fat per year. depending on the person’s age, activity levels, other dietary factors, etc. Isn’t that CRAZY?
Seriously, this hasn’t been a hard thing at all for me to eliminate to be honest. I haven’t been DYING without my sodas. I never was a “coke addict”. I just had them around the house as something to drink. Even going out. No more. Not even as a treat. When I go out, it’s water with lemon or iced tea.
Is it the ONLY way you’re going to lose weight? No. It takes more than that, I’m afraid. But it’s been the simplest thing that made the biggest impact on me.
Are you a coke lover? Would you give em up?