In an earlier article, we just discussed the hamburger cheat meal and not so much the soda (or shake) and French fries that seem to go so well with them. We can’t do much for the fries to make them healthier except eat fewer of them. I’d prefer you eat non-fried potato wedges or a baked potato (not loaded), or even a salad as a side (light dressing). Now for the soda, if you aren’t drinking diet, you need to start. Roughly half of the average person’s calories come from calorie dense drinks (fruit drinks, sodas, shakes, whole milk, beer). There are lighter versions/alternatives for all of these items.
If you can’t make the switch because you’re addicted to regular soda, no problem; I use to be, as well. I poured half diet into my cup and then the other half regular and tapered off that way for one week. (There are 120 calories in a 12-ounce regular soda TIMES three if you want the medium; roughly 350 calories – wow). Then the next week, I went 1/3 regular soda and 2/3 diet and eventually went strictly with diet soda. If you can’t shake the everyday chocolate shakes, do every other day and note the calorie loss. If you are a whole milk (or chocolate milk) drinker, then taper down to 2%, then 1%, then eventually skim milk; that’s what I did and it works. During this gradual process, you won’t notice that much of a difference in taste, but you will in the mirror. There are several different ways to manipulate your EXISTING diet so you can still eat your favorite foods, but you will slowly cut back on your calories by the ‘tweaking method,’ which will ultimately slim your waistline.