Diet Tips

Diet tips
Diet tips

Van fixed and new dental appointment

My van is fixed; however it cost $400.  This is because it needed a new fan and  temperature regulator.  I needed to postpone the next dental visit, because the repair took too much time.  My next dental visit will be in 3 weeks.

Lose and maintain

Meanwhile, I thought I would give you some tips on how I lost weight and how I try to maintain my weight.

Caffeine fights fatigue

In the not too distant past, about 4 months, I was drinking regular soda. I have been drinking Diet Mountain Dew and Diet Sunkist.  Theses are non-colas with some caffeine.  I need the caffeine to help keep me stay awake because I have Multiple Sclerosis fatigue.  This keeps me awake though the day without the need for coffee, which has much more caffeine than soda.  Depending on the coffee, it usually has at least 3 times the amount of caffeine.

Fewer calories, but artificial sweeteners

Regular soda has many more calories than diet soda.  Generally, you are talking about 200 calories for 8 oz. of regular soda.  This is because of the high sugar content.  A can of soda has approximately 9 teaspoons of sugar.  By comparison, diet soda typically has zero calories.  It has artificial sweeteners, which can cause other problems, especially if you are allergic to the sweetener.  For example, Diet Mountain Dew has both aspartame and sucralose.

Switching to diet soda cuts calories

By switching from regular soda to diet soda, I have cut many calories out of my diet.  I know that many people have told me that plain water is healthier, but I still like something that has some taste to it.

Cut out snacks

I have tried to cut out snacks completely.  This has not been 100% successful.  I try to stick to 3 meals a day especially because I am bedridden.  Accordingly, the amount of exercise I get is rather limited.  This also increases weight gain.

The Burger King Diet

Many years ago, about 20 years ago, I embarked on a weight loss program.  I knew that any diet program that prevented me from eating the foods that I like was doomed to failure.  I came up with a diet plan that I actually never heard of before.  I call it the Burger King diet plan.  I would walk a substantial distance to a Burger King and I would order what was essentially a kid’s meal.  The long walk probably helped, too.  I would have a plain burger with small fries and a small cola.  I did this for about a year and I lost 25 lbs., and I have kept it off for 20 years.

Drinking Diet Soda Helped My Borderline Diabetes

By the way, going from regular soda to diet soda has helped my A1c. I am borderline Diabetic, and drinking diet soda has cut my sugar intake.


In conclusion, I am no diet guru, but I thought you might want to know how I lost 25 lbs., and kept it off for 20 years.  I do not know whether this will work for other people, but it worked for me.

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