Goodbye Diet Coke: I Love You But Not the Extra 30 Pounds
(This article has been published under the name "Tina Boomerina", but it was actually written by a younger friend who just lost a fair amount of weight. She has been gracious enough to explain how she did it, although she would like to remain anonymous. Tina)
by "Baby" Baby Boomer Girl
"Goodbye my beloved Diet Coke... we sure had some good times."
Ok Boomerinas, I'm going to tell you how I lost 30 pounds. It's a lot simpler than you think. Without realizing it, we tend to overcomplicate dieting, thanks in large part to the big food corporations. If you follow these simple rules, I guarantee you will lose weight.
It seems I have been dieting all my life, but I could never figure out why I tried so hard and was never able to do it. Here is why:
Diet Food is Not the Answer:
For as long as I can remember, I have eaten diet food: Lean Cuisine meals, 100-calorie snack packs, Diet Coke. And, I always thought I was making good choices.
When you look at the box, it is easy to see how low the calories are, and it’s impossible not to notice how small the portions are. So, I thought I was making healthy choices... but I was never able to drop the weight.
Kick the Aspartame:
It turns out aspartame is Enemy #1. This was quite hard for me to accept, as I love Diet Coke more than my boyfriend.
Recently, there have been quite a few articles suggesting that aspartame is a direct cause of more belly fat. Yuck. I don’t know if I love anything that much, but even still it was hard to kick the Diet Coke. I was in extreme denial, but the more I read, the more I was convinced that kicking aspartame was at least worth a try.
My Disclaimer -- I Am Not a Scientist:
I am not a scientist, but I will try to explain (in simple words) what happens with aspartame and other fake sugars to the best of my knowledge. You can follow the links in this article and you should do your own research; and, most likely, you will come up with a conclusion that is similar to mine.
[*Note: If you're a scientist or a nutritionist or a doctor, and you dislike my wording or you disagree with my explanations, let me know. I am just a layperson trying to put the pieces together. However, you cannot disagree with my own "scientific experiment" in my own life. It is an absolute fact that after I stopped eating diet food and drinking diet drinks, I started losing weight. Yes, I made other changes, too, but I really believe that kicking aspartame was the most important and most dramatic change of all.]
Fake Sugar Seems Real to Your Body:
A lot of the scientific evidence I found online is sketchy and sometimes contradictory. However, there is big money in the diet industry, so keep that in mind as you do your own research.
Well, as far as I can tell, during the last 20 years of my life, I have been eating double what I would have eaten had I not been drinking/eating aspartame. Within a few weeks of cutting out aspartame, my daily food intake became half.
Half? That’s insane, and it was.
My Explanation of the Problem With Aspartame:
I sure do love diet coke, but here is my simple interpretation of the havoc created by aspartame:
When you ingest any kind of fake sugar, your body thinks it’s real… at first… so it spikes your insulin levels. Right after that, your body realizes it did not actually get any sugar and your food cravings go way up. So, what do you do? You eat more diet food, starting the process again. I did this cycle for 20 years.
How I Stopped Diet Coke and Sugar Substitutes:
Once I had accepted the fact that my long-time aspartame love relationship needed to be kicked to the curb like an abusive boyfriend, here is what I did:
I started slowly. Instead of having a Diet Coke, I swapped it for a Pellegrino. No, it’s not the same thing, but it does have bubbles, and it was a decent substitute.
I had been drinking four diet sodas a day. The first week I swapped out only one. The second week I swapped out two, and so forth. I cut out anything with any fake sugar because they all make you eat more. This made a huge difference. I would imagine this alone would cause you to lose 10 pounds in 6 months.
But, swimsuit season was coming and I wanted my body back... so I decided to do more than just cutting back on soda.
Drink More Water to Lose Weight:
After further research on losing weight, I decided to double my water intake. They say if you make no other changes you will lose weight just from increasing your water consumption. That's because much of the time, we eat because we are thirsty.
Why not give this a try? Water is cheap, it's good for you, it can't hurt you, and it just might help you lose weight.
Rule Number One -- Avoid Fake Sugar at All Costs:
Fake sugar is the number one enemy keeping you from your skinny jeans. Kick that Diet Coke to the curb.
Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts in life. We want to believe there are, so it’s so easy for marketing people and seductive commercials to convince us that unhealthy things are actually good for us.
Once a week I allow myself half a bottle of regular Coke. Sure it’s not as good as the diet, but I know that, “Yes, I am still putting something ‘not great’ for me in the body,” and I reduce my daily calories to reflect that. However, I am not unknowingly sabotaging my diet and making myself eat double.
I Am Not Trying to Sell You Anything:
The only reason I am writing this is to share my experience.
If sharing what worked for me helps only one woman fit into her favorite little black dress, then I know I have done some good in the world. There is nothing worse than being stuck in diet limbo. Consuming all that crappy food and not losing… or even gaining... weight.
There are several more simple rules for you to follow. Let me show you what worked for me because I believe it will work for you, too. I’m not going to direct you to make any purchase or recommend any “friends” who will help you ... for a price.
When I have time, I’ll be writing about Enemy #2.
Change is Hard:
The hardest part is the change. Change is rough no matter who you are. If you can make these changes and are honest with yourself, you will lose weight.
Let’s get you skinny.
More Articles for Baby Boomer Women & Younger Chicks:
Photo Credits: Wikimedia Commons and Prshots.com.
- Main Photo - Kick Diet Coke: Swimsuit by La Redoute.
- With Swimsuit Season Near I Did Some Diet Research: Bikini and accessories by Accessorize.
- I Love Diet Coke More Than My Boyfriend: Wikimedia Commons, image in public domain.
- I HAD to Lose Weight for Swimsuit Season: Bikini and beach pants by Accessorize.
- Get Skinny Without Diet Food: Red sundress by La Redoute.
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