Tony and I have been having vigorous discussions this summer and fall about the massive amounts of Diet Coke I consumer every day. I’d written that my average daily consumption had reached 140 ounces, or about 17 8-ounce glasses a day. Some days it went well beyond that.
Tony agrees with the literature attacking artificial sweeteners as harmful. I’ve never really been sure, feeling that the alternative, drinking 140 ounces of something with high fructose corn syrup or sugar in it, would have been far more harmful to me.
Still, I agree 140 ounces of anything is extreme, so I’ve been cutting back. I’ve been eliminating what had been my morning Super Big Gulp (44 ounces) of Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi on the drive to work and substituting 44 ounces of water. At lunch, I’ve been getting only one or one-and-a-half refills of a 32-ounce diet soda at Subway or McDonald’s or other places. So on days when I do all that, I’m down to 64 or 80 ounces.
I haven’t lost any weight while trying this so far, but it’s only been a few weeks. I do find I’m hungrier with less liquid in me. I’ve been gaining weight the last two months because I’m eating larger lunches, the results of my workouts increasing my appetite and of not trying to satiate myself with liquids instead.
All that said, I plan to continue with the cutbacks. I’ve always been someone who tends to extremes and know I need to reel in that tendency in several areas now, this one included.