This week, Sunny from That Extra 20 Pounds asks:
A lot of people drink diet sodas or drinks with artificial sweeteners when they are trying to lose weight. Do you drink these kind of things? What are some of your favorite things to drink when you're watching your weight?
I don't drink sodas period. Last year, when I first found the book French Women Don't Get Fat, the author encourages you to eliminate soda of all kinds from your diet and instead opt for water or perhaps some sparkling water with a splash of juice in it if plain water is too boring. At the time, I was drinking one Coke-a-cola a day (full sugar variety). I actually found it EXTREMELY difficult giving that one Coke a day up. I was surprised at how difficult it was really. In the afternoon, I would just seem to lag and crave that sugar hit. Also, I was craving the bubbles. I was able to break the soda habit through perseverance really, but also by buying large packs of Perrier from Costco. I would go though 4-6 20 oz. bottles of Perrier a day, but I felt good knowing that I was giving up the sugar hit of the Coke. Without realizing it, I slowly replaced the fizzy Perrier with still water to the point now I am drinking one Perrier a week.
Just giving up that one Coke a day, I am saving myself 980 calories a week! Over the course of the year, that translates to about 15 lbs. Not only am I giving up the calories though, I have broken that sugar hit dependence. I feel when you substitute diet sodas for the full sugar ones, you may be saving yourself the calories, but you are never breaking your dependence on the sugary sensation (even if it's not real sugar). This causes more cravings, and more cravings, and more cravings....It's when you BREAK the dependence on the sugary flavors that you can truly get over the cravings and it is not such of a daily battle.
Now, my main drinks are water, tea and coffee, milk and occasionally a tiny amount of juice. It's no longer an issue and I don't crave the soda at all anymore. In fact, the last time I had a soda, it was so cloyingly sweet, I only had a sip. I never noticed that before I broke the sweet cycle.
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