My Diet Coke Habit and why it won’t help me lose weight.

Are Diet Drinks More Harmful Than Regular Sodas? | LIVESTRONG.COM
Diet Drinks and Weight Loss Diet sodas are low in calories. Instead of containing large amounts of sugar like regular sodas, they are made with artificial sweeteners, such as saccharin, aspartame or sucralose. Time Magazine reports that, ironically, consuming a lot of artificial sweeteners can actually make you gain weight, because it increases your desire for sweet foods and leads you to consume more calories overall. Researchers at the University of Texas found that people who drank diet soda were 41 percent more likely to be overweight.

Diet Coke - Helping me?I’m trying to get my weight down to a reasonable amount.  It isn’t easy, I’m a TV eater, love my Coke-a-Cola, Ice Cream, Fried Chicken and Sonic Premium Hot Dogs.   This past year I’ve gained a lot of weight. I’ve also started losing that weight.

I’m not happy with the progress but I am not up set by it.  My wife on the other hand has been worried about my switch to Diet Coke – all those chemicals and stuff.  As I blog this my Diet Coke is within arms reach and half gone.  I came across the article above, the quote is just a small part of the article, but it isn’t the chemicals that worry me.  I was hoping that a Diet Coke would help curb my enthusiasm and desire for sweets. Which I am not sure has really happened.  I still want to drink the Diet Coke, but it never seems to hit the spot.

I still want to eat sweets, ice cream being the hardest to give up.

Anyone else?  What are some the ways you’ve cut back on sweets?  Are you trying to lose weight?

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1 Comment

  1. Good luck! I’ve spent the past 5-6 months losing 30-odd pounds myself. Wish I could help you with the Diet Coke issue but I’ve been avoiding soft drinks for years because of the horrible chemicals. I’m a big water and iced tea fan and if its the sweetness you crave, try substituting stevia for sugar.

    I modified the Dukan Diet and cheated a little, believing that if I deprive myself completely of a food I love, I’ll only wind up cheating a lot. Basically I have stuck with low-fat, high protein meats and dairy and low carb veggies with some cheating built in. French fries would be a once a week reward for example or instead of ice cream every night, I’d treat myself to a small container of super-premium ice cream on Friday and eat something sweet like watermelon chunks otherwise. I also walk. A lot. Something my dog loves but is kinda relaxing to do to unwind at the end of the day and hot a chore like dragging yourself to a gym.

    Oh… and portion control. I had to train myself on that. I don’t mean the ‘eat 3 oz of this’ crap. I’ll take a decent sized portion of a food and that will be it. No seconds. I can grab something else on the table that I’ve not had or If I was still hungry in 20 or so minutes, maybe some veggies with dip made from non-fat sour cream and sriracha or ranch dressing mix.

    Above all, keep at it and don’t get discouraged. You’ll backslide (especially with the holidays coming up) and you’ll plateau but if you keep at it, it’ll happen. Just make sure that the weight goal you’ve set is attainable. Nothing is worse than reaching your goal and almost immediately gaining 10-15 pounds back .

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