Originally Posted by cancersurvivor
Hi friends, I want to keep my weight under control so I've started eating better and cutting back on soft drinks but I still have an occasional diet soda. If counting calories is an appropriate way to loose weight then would drink diet cola as it has 0 calories? Also what are some good substitutes for diet cola that don't contain many calories or artificial sweeteners and help in losing weight other than water? Any helpful comments will great appreciate.
Vegetable juices are low in calories, and pack a nutritional wallop. They also contain beneficial fiber, and taste great. You can alter them by adding variouls herbs, spices, and peppers, or hot suaces.
Also, keep cold, juicy fruit available. It satisfies thirst as well as feeds the body with healthy nutrients. Avoid fruit juices. The proble with the juices is that they give you unreasonable proportions of sugar. For instance, drinking an eight ounce glass of orange juice is like eating six or more oranges. You get too much of a good thing.
Except for a very few fruits (grapes comes to mind), fresh fruits are high in nutritional value, fiber, and phyto nutrients, and low in callories and sugars. I was suprised to see that even water mellon, as sweet as it tastes, is low in sugar per unit volume.
And don't forget your veggies. Like fruit, they are nutritionally rich. Suprisingly, sweet potatoes are so much better for you than are regular potatoes. They are rich in beta-carrotien, fiber, and a host of vitamins and minnerals. And they taste great.
Seeeeeya; Goodweed of the North
Generally, the more colorful the fruit of vegge, the greater the nutritional value.