Nutrition Overhaul: Part 1
I have a confession: I’m addicted to Mountain Dew.
I don’t mean that in a hyperbolizing way, I mean it in an “I get weepy if I haven’t had my daily 2 cans and there isn’t any in the house.” I’ve been known to choose restaurants based on a Pepsi versus Coke standoff. And the sad part is that two cans a day is way down from how much I drank when I was younger.
Every single diet book and sports nutrition book I’ve ever read- and that’s a huge number- have all said the same thing: if you want to drop weight, give up soft drinks. (Matt Fitzgerald, of Racing Weight and sports nutrition fame, is one of the major proponents of this point: he mentions it in virtually every nutrition article he publishes.) Because of this, I decided to attempt to “quit” Mountain Dew for 2 weeks, maybe longer.
Caffeine and simple sugars have been part of my daily diet since I can remember. I know you coffee fanatics out there understand, but at least you can switch to skim and Splenda. Us soft drink addicts who hate diet are in a different boat entirely. And while coffee is a cool obsession, bringing Mountain Dew when going to a friend’s house is a slightly less cool thing to do
I recognize that this bad habit is costing me a good 400 empty calories a day, meaning close to a pound worth of calories in a week. Yikes. I’ve always been sensitive about my midsection in particular, and I feel like soft drinks- the constant carbonation and simple sugar hits- could be the major culprit. It seems like when I diet (but keep drinking soda), I drop weight, but the midsection remains problematic.
So, I had to wonder: what would happen if I quit Mountain Dew for a while? There’s a chance that my body has adapted to it to the point where I won’t drop weight. There’s also a chance caffeine and sugar withdraw will make Molly a very grumpy girl. But I think it’s worth a shot.
To me, this is a big commitment. It’s choosing my athletic goals over something that has become a huge part of my life, my number one comfort food. These next two weeks might be a little rough- on me and those around me- and I’ll share as I go along.
I’m hoping to really actively demonstrate just how true the nutritional guideline about dropping weight by cutting soft drinks really is. I’m hoping it’s impressive, though secretly, if I don’t drop weight and can go back to drinking what I want, I’ll be psyched about that too.
I’ll be posting about this again at the end of the week with some updates on how it’s going. Until then, wish me luck