People ask me this all the time, What about Diet Coke? Diet Pepsi? Should I be able to lose weight if I drink diet <Insert Favorite Drink Name here>. I can not live without my Diet <Blah>. A look in the mirror or a self-reflection will tell you the answer. You do not need to pay me to answer that question for you. If you are unhappy with how you look and feel, you cannot keep doing what you always do. It is probably a time for a change.
I am not playing doctor. Any advice you read on this blog cannot be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing a health condition please reach out to a qualified healthcare professional. I repeat, do not use this blog as medical advice to treat yourself or others.
Are “diet” drinks good for you?
Seen in big bold colorful writing on food labels on your diet coke and other foods in the box – No Sugar Added, Low Fat, No High Fructose Corn Syrup, Low Sugar, heart-healthy.. I can probably go on and on about the adjectives being freely used, but you get the point.
Today I want to call them out – the food and health Industry in USA
for their total, utter and complete “fortified” Bull$$$t,
You have been lied to for decades by food pyramids, politicians, and lobbyists because keeping you in the dark is good for the big Food, big Pharma, Hospitals, Doctors, Health Insurance, and even the diet food industry.
There is also diet alcohol available these days. SMH. Wait. Can I SMH in a blog post? Or is that a social media thing?
Only to find out that you put on more weight as the days go by and by the way you have no energy, you crash 2 hours after eating your diet food and have to go back for your next diet coke.
The Lies Food Industry Tells You.
A 2020 Study by NHANES determined that over 73% of US adults are overweight or obese. That should tell you who is benefitting from the lies perpetrated by the food industry.
I am making no friends by telling you to stop believing the lies of the Health (Read: Processed) food Industry. and I understand I am punching a hornet’s nest by saying this but I was never known for playing it safe so here goes:
They want to keep you stuck.
They don’t have your best interest at heart.
If you want to live a long and healthy life if you want to be able to live long enough to see your children and grandchildren….
Then here is the real truth
You have to break the addiction to Processed Food.
If you are sick, have diabetes, high cholesterol, a heart condition, or are overweight or obese.
It is not you, that is the Problem. It is the chemistry of the food that you eat.May be you heard this here first. But I am positive others have said it before.
Fix the nutrition first, and It becomes a no-brainer to lose weight.
Ok. We get the point. What diet should I get on?
Really, no matter what diet you follow, you will be fine as long as you eat unprocessed food.
Processed food is everywhere. It is difficult to avoid. Pretty much everything is processed and modified but try as best as you can to read the ingredient label.
Do you have a desk job? You sit at your desk all day and the job stresses you out. You follow through with a cycle of stress eating the first thing you get your hands on. If you want to finally lose all your excess weight, burn belly fat, increase zen, support a healthy inflammation response and repair your broken metabolism. And More of this – without giving up great food, without sweating in the gym. Learn more here – How to start losing your “computer belly” without counting calories, dieting OR sweating in the gym.
Here are some other ideas to help you get unprocessed foods:
- Buy Local: Local produce has longer to ripen naturally before it is picked. This means more nutrients for you!
- Eat REAL foods – Foods that are grown, not manufactured, processed, or modified and they do not contain unnecessary additives or preservatives to make it shelf-stable. Think fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, legumes, lean meat, and fish.
- Avoid the “Dirty Dozen”: This is the list put together by the Environmental Working Group that highlights the produce that has the highest pesticide residues than other produce items.
- Eat Seasonal Produce: Seasonally fresh produce is picked when ripe and fully developed. This means the plant has also had more sun exposure and will have higher levels of antioxidants.
- Wash Your Produce: If you are unable to purchase organic produce, make sure to wash it well in order to remove harmful pesticides from the surfaces of the food.
What if I cannot break my diet pepsi (diet coke) habit?
Eating unprocessed foods is a lifestyle choice. Once you notice the positive benefits, it will quickly become a habit! I get it. It is difficult swapping your diet coke and diet pepsi for water. But you can try it out. Not ready to give up all at once? Try it a few times. When you go to the refrigerator to get the next can of diet coke, get a bottle of water as well. Drink water first.
Figure out, how can you make this habit tinier, smaller, atomic, more quantum?
Here is a way: Start by making just a few small changes. Choose fresh, raw, whole foods and get into the habit of keeping them readily available so you can snack on them at the next craving.
Read more about Hydration Matters: Drink More Water.
Do different. Be different. Feel Good.
True Story – Heard around town at McEvil – I want a diet coke with my Quarter Pounder and Fries. Because I am watching what I eat.
Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #74.