This is a followup to my previous post Weight Loss And Weight Control – Part I.
As I discussed previously, I got up over 210 pounds at my heaviest. I started eating better and excercising and lost a few pounds here and there. Then I made one change and proceeded to lose 10 pounds in two weeks time. What was that one thing? Simple. I stopped drinking canned soda. My company – being a hip development shop – provides free soft drinks so we have refrigerators full of soda. I used to drink 3+ cans of soda a day and in an effort to get healthier I had cut back to only one can a day. I figured that was ok and I could still lose weight, but boy what a difference that final one can of soda made. I decided to completely cut out that last can and switch to drinking only water and the occasional juice. I couldn’t believe the impact! The pounds melted away! I was so struck by the difference that one can of soda made that to this day I still don’t drink soda at work. I drink exclusively water, VitaminWater, and the occasional juice. I do still drink soda occasionally when I go out to eat, but not on a regular basis.
Also, I discovered a great soda made with cane sugar instead of the high fructose corn syrup crap in regular soda. It is called Jones pure cane soda and I get mine at our local Target store. Check them out at www.jonessoda.com. I like the cream soda flavor. Be careful because they also sell soda with aspartamine, which I think is terrible.
On that note – before you suggest diet soda, I hate any and all diet sodas for two simple reasons: 1) they taste terrible and 2) the “artificial sweetners” they use are harmful and toxic. Sounds like a good topic for a future post!
So, my Logan Challenge for you today is to completely cut out soda for a week, a month, or more. See what the impact is on you and report back here in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.