Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Diet Soda and Weight Loss

And today's not even my birthday! Most of y'all know that I have a bit of a "thing" for diet soda. Okay, so it's more like an obsession, seeing as how I drink it frequently, it tastes delicious and it keeps me looking trim.
Anyhoo, new research reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that drinking diet soda can help shed pounds. For the study, conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, researchers randomly assigned 318 overweight adults to one of three groups: one that drank water; one that drank diet beverages; and a control group (who only received dietary counseling, along with the other groups). After six months, both groups (water and diet soda) lost four or five pounds, on average. However, those consuming diet beverages had a greater calorie reduction and there was a decrease in calories from food intake as well. Hallelujah, talk about music to my ears! Although I've long touted the benefits of diet soda intake to friends, every now and then one would question the beverage's impact on the waistline.
This study adds to the growing body of scientific literature supporting the notion that consumption of low calorie foods and beverages can assist with weight loss in humans. At least 13 other studies have similar findings, including a literature review of 45 studies on low calorie sweeteners that found low calorie sweeteners helped control caloric intake, and body weight, by making low calorie foods tastier.
According to Beth Hubrich, a dietitian with the Calorie Control Council, this study is good news for people looking for simple, easy and effective ways to reduce calories and lose weight. “Making small, simple changes you can live with over a lifetime is a great way to reduce calories and ultimately lose weight. This study supports the notion that small changes, such as choosing a diet soda, can be helpful in overall weight loss."

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Happy Fat (not really) Tuesday!

Any of you currently in New Orleans for all of the Mardi Gras-related mayhem? If so, I’m jealous! Unfortunately, I just don't have the finances or vacation days available to make it to the Big Easy for the festivities this year. Maybe in 2013! Or, maybe I'll make an even bigger trip out of it then and head to Rio for Carnival. Anyhoo, with the bulk of my extended family hailing from Louisiana, I've always been a sucker for a good Mardi Gras party. So I did a little celebrating today with a bowl of chicken-sausage gumbo, some crusty bread and an ice-cold Diet Barq's Root Beer. And now that I'm home, I'm jamming out to a few of my favorite NOLA band tunes. Want a taste? Here you go. Let the good times roll, chere!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

A little pick me up...

I'm beat today. I don't know if it's the cool temperatures or stress or something in the air, but I can't seem to get much sleep lately. I toss and turn at night and goodness knows I've never been able to master the art of the afternoon nap. Seeing as how we're supposed to meet some friends for dinner and drinks tonight, I'm in search of a little pick-me-up.
Fortunately, I found a Diet Mountain Dew at the store earlier. Mountain Dew (and coffee, of course!) helped get me through college. I used to buy a 12-pack of the Dew every time I needed to pull a study-related all-nighter - not sure I would have made it through my courses without it.
Here's hoping it provides the energy boost I need to last the rest of the night!

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Super Sunday!

Well, the big night is finally here! I love me some Super Bowl Sunday. Of course, it would be better if my beloved Bears were playing, but that doesn't happen too often so I typically just suck it up and enjoy the pomp of it all.

So I'll be celebrating the big game with several friends, chowing down on artichoke dip, buffalo wings, chips and salsa and brownies and sipping light beer and diet soda. While I'm looking forward to the actual game, I'm also eager to see if there are any good commercials this year. Here's hoping there's one as good as Terry Tate or last year's pint-sized Darth Vader ad.

Here are a few of my fave Super Bowl ads from years past.

And one more thing I'm excited about tonight? PUPPY BOWL! Squee! Too much cute.