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Lazy, sodaholic and fast food junkie, help!

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So my new years resolution was to start being more active, eat better and get off the soda for good but I don't know where to start. I have the worst time committing to a workout routine and I can't resist  the temptation of fast food and soda. What's the best way to kick my bad habits and lose the pounds.

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My brain is too tired to try and write stuff, but here's a couple of NF articles to get you going in the right direction. 

 

The power of habit and How not to suck at building habits

 

The second article explains about why trying to change everything all at once is a recipe for failure. If you want change to stick then you need to introduce it slowly. 

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My dad and his family quit soda almost entirely. (My dad had a heart attack and they said the cause was diet soda.  The diet soda was worse than his smoking.) and his fiance just stopped buying it. which i mean it doesn't sound easy but like,  it's been tallied that the average american spends over $800 a year on pop.  But as with anything suddenly stopping can just make you want it more so the best way is to wean down over a course of weeks. 

 

Say you drink 3 pops a day, try and scale it back to 2 next week, then one, then one every other day,  etc etc.   Before you know it you won't be drinking any!  But if you hate water there are plenty of alternatives. Tea, fruit water, smoothies, juice, (Just be careful about the sugar contents). 

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The taste of soda gets me the worst.  I can drink coffee or tea for caffeine, but I am linked eternally to the flavor of mountain dew.  I still can't avoid it for more than a week at a time usually.  The longest I've gone in years is about a month or so.  It's amazing because I can drink it despite heartburn, toothaches, stomach aches, restlessness, and headaches that the sugar and carbonation might cause me.  The things that have helped me the most is having something that tastes close to it (I drink Arbonne fizz sticks, which you buy from a rep much like Herbalife/Avon/AdvoCare) and to simply remind myself constantly "drink more water." Carry a notebook in your pocket and write down your intakes for the day, and specifically how you feel after drinking soda.  I remember once drinking soda to keep myself awake and all it did was keep my mind racing while my body felt like it was held down with chains.  I went to lay down for a quick nap and tossed and turned for hours, just on the verge of sleep, but with no energy to just force myself to power through it.

 

Another thing that has helped me has been reading up on the health problems linked to soda.  My teeth used to be amazing and now I have enamel breakdown and probably two or three cavities.  I'm not looking forward to paying for all of that.  And cavities can cause all sorts of problems when they're not fixed promptly, as well.  Besides that though is the amount of empty calories that you're taking in.  A can of Mountain Dew has over 100 calories in it, and it takes running roughly a whole mile to burn it off.  That's not counting diabetes, heart issues, kidney issues, etc.

 

But even with that I'll still probably just mindlessly walk up to the cooler and buy another 20oz bottle with my lunch unless I keep my water bottle on me from the moment I enter my workplace.  Fight the urge, fellow rebel.

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Normally I'd say cut soda first, then fast food.  But you probably habitually consume them both at the same time, so just walking into McDonald's is going to give you a craving for soda.  so,

, I suggest you start making your own lunch a couple times a week, and work your way up to doing it every day.  You have permission to drink soda, but you have to buy it in cans.  No refillable fountain cups.  When the can is empty, you're done, go get some water if you're still thirsty.  From that point, you can start cutting down the number of cans per day.

 

 

 

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Cut the soda cold turkey. It is not hard, you can do it. I promise. 

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Your mileage may vary, but one change at a time is ideal. If you have both together, start by separating it. No soda WITH fast food.
After a month or two, start cutting down the sodas - either old turkey if that works for you, cutting out a certain flavour or limiting yourself to X per day/week. 

If you google SMART goals, you can set an aim that is realistically achieveable and in planning it, you might notice potential hurdles to problem solve before you actually reach the block in real life.

Good luck!

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I used to drink at least a soda a day, and if we went out to eat several more when taking into account refills. For the last few years it is rare for me to drink a soda and when I do it doesn't usually taste very good to me anymore (too sweet). What helped me get off of soda was switching to sparkling water and flavored sparkling waters (Ritz, Syfo). I found the carbonation and light flavoring were a good substitute for the feeling of drinking soda. 

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On 1/31/2017 at 2:59 PM, mmead0105 said:

Cut the soda cold turkey. It is not hard, you can do it. I promise. 

 

I wouldn't say it's not hard, it can vary from person to person. Back in my soda-drinking days I tried to do the cold turkey method but it didn't help that I had others who use to drink soda at my house which just caused me to fall back to drinking it. If you're the only soda drinker in the house the best method is to just quit buying it. Not having it as an option in the first place is the easiest way to avoid it.

 

Same can be said for fast food. Instead of thinking "I can't cook tonight, I guess I'll have fast food", just prep a meal beforehand or make some extra on days you can cook. At my house we tend to cook a lot on the days we can cook so when we get to the days we can't, we can just microwave any leftovers. This does involve having to find the pattern on what days you'll usually be too busy to cook.

 

Or you can also just make a quick, 10-15 minute healthy alternative. There are a lot of recipes out there that take very little time and effort to make and are still good for you. Many of them take no more time to make than it does to make a trip to a fast food joint.

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We are all different.  I'm an addict type of personality.  So for me it is cold turkey or never quit.  It is hard.  But you'll find if you eat healthy for awhile - a month or so, the cravings for junk decrease.  I do have a soda occasionally - maybe once or twice a month, but it is Zeivia (soda sweetened with stevia).  For me the sugar is worst and I just have to stay away from it.  I've developed recipes using stevia for desserts.  Salt and grease are second.  So I use good salt (Real Salt) and good oils.  

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On 2/10/2017 at 5:48 PM, CheshireCrab said:

I wouldn't say it's not hard, it can vary from person to person.

This. It was definitely hard for me, but it was the only way I could drop soda. I can't do scaling back... I end up drinking 2 cans instead of 1 bottle, etc. etc. etc., and I have all the excuses in the world to let me do that. This last time was much easier, but I am currently on doctor-prescribed appetite suppressants, so I don't really want much of anything. So I don't know that that counts.

 

As for fast food, one of the things that helped me was to cut out specific kinds. If I am going to eat out, usually I say, no McDonalds, no Burger King, no whatever. That cuts out most of the greasy stuff. Instead if I eat out, I'll go to a panini place or a soup place or something, and get something small. But most of the time I just make my food at home and bring it with me. I'm slowly getting into the whole meal prep thing, which can go a long way for lazy and/or busy people. Instead of cooking every day and washing dishes every day, etc., you spend, I dunno, an hour or two (or three, depending on what you make I guess) on Sunday (or whatever day you want) making your meals. Much easier to stick to a plan if you're putting predetermined amounts of food in tupperware.

 

Basically, take the work out of it. It'll be a lot easier to stick to the routine that way.

 

As for the workout, the best workout is one you stick to, so find something you like, even if it's just walking outside enjoying nature. That's a good enough start. As you clean up your diet you'll likely have more energy and will desire that activity. That's what happened with me anyway.

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In regards to cutting back/cutting out soda, I think it's good to figure out why you like soda so much, and start from there. I still struggle on cutting soda completely out of my daily life, but have been pretty good at cutting back from what I used to consume. For me, it's the carbonation, and not necessarily the flavor, sweetness, or whatever that is what keeps bringing me back to drinking Diet Coke. Figuring that out has helped me identify solutions for cutting back, like drinking lightly flavored club soda when I get a bad soda craving. It's been really hard to completely cut it out, but I feel much better about my level of intake at this point than I did in the past. 

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