I’m not talking about those “lose weight with wonderfood acai” ads you’ve seen, I’m talking about regular acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) juice. I started drinking acai juice about 2 years ago and I really find it healthy and beneficial for my body. There are mixed reports about its benefits, but it seems generally accepted that it is a great antioxidant, it has healthy omega fatty acids (monounsaturated healthy fats), and has protein and fiber. Continue reading
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.
Even being a vegetarian for 17 years hasn’t prevented me from falling victim to one of America’s biggest problems – overeating and being overweight. I’m 6’1″ and my idea weight is around 175. At my heaviest I was over 210. No, that isn’t a huge deal, but it really slowed me down and made me feel bad about myself.
I got in the habit of eating for comfort and eating because I felt like it. Over the course of about 6 months, I lost over 35 pounds and got back down to 175. Since then, I have successfully kept the weight off and now manage to stay between 175 and 180. Adjust the numbers for your own height and body type, but I can share with you how I managed to lose my weight and keep it off. I found a nice, simple ideal weight calculator at this site.
Over the next few posts, I will share several of the best tips of things that have worked for me, including the one thing that I did that helped me shed 10 pounds in a matter of a few weeks. Also, I have some great observations on what has happened to my body and how it can traslate to helping you lose weight and keep it off.