WritersButt Wednesday – “Weight-Loss Soda” Crazy Talk!!
You’re in for an extra treat today folks. You see, this was going to be a short WritersButt Wednesday post. I was going to give you an easy and delicious recipe and send you on your way. But then, my good friend of awesomeness, Myndi Shafer, shares a link on Facebook that, well, let’s just say there was quick contact with my face and my palms.
Hang on while I pull out my soapbox. It’ll just be a sec … need the big-daddy-box for this one. Portable one (pull) not nearly (push) sturdy (shove) enough (kicks into place and jumps up) for what I have to say.
Whew, I’m ready.
Holy mother of all that is merciful and ridiculous! Are you kidding me? No, of course they aren’t kidding. Why? Because Pepsi is smart and opportunistic. They know people are desperate for results and yet not quite desperate enough to make some sacrifices. They absolutely know people want to drink their beloved crap in a can soda. And they also know that people want easy. They want the magic pill or in this case ‘ingredient’. Pepsi knows they will make money.
I think it’s safe to say we all know soda is unhealthy. But now, well maybe, we can drink ‘this’ soda and lose some weight and isn’t losing weight healthy?
NO, it isn’t. Eating clean, natural food is healthy. Moving your body and breaking a sweat is healthy. Drinking water is healthy. Consuming a drink laden with chemicals and high fructose corn syrup and yes, even aspartame (etc) in diet sodas, is NOT HEALTHY, ever. It’s not that you can’t ever drink a soda. Just know that it’s not a healthy drink. Keep it real.
Ok, let’s see what this Pepsi Special claims to do from this Yahoo Health article.
“Simply called Pepsi Special, the caffeinated soft drink has the added ingredient dextrin, a natural water-soluble dietary fiber derived from potatoes. … Pepsi claims that dextrin slows the absorption of fat in the body by binding with it and eliminating it as waste, not reserving it as empty calories.”
(see Ginger’s eye twitching)
And then the article says, “Japanese commercials touting the product’s effectiveness for weight loss even go as far as to ask, “Why choose between a hamburger and a slice of pizza? If you choose Pepsi Special, you can have both!”
(see Ginger pinching bridge of nose)
You’ll have to read the entire article but here are a few more zingers (all from same source) that stood out to me:
chances are your stools won’t be [solid] if you overindulge
destroyed a substantial amount of valuable nutrients
gave junk-food junkies more than they bargained for in terms of eliminating the additive
frequent diarrhea, gas, and bloating—would be overwhelming
Who doesn’t want to get in on this deal? Woo … sounds awesome. Not.
I am relieved that the article does indeed warn readers that this might not be the best option for weight loss. They state,
“…still contains high levels of sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup”
And finally say,
“And believe it or not, the best method to successful weight loss remains diet and exercise, not by gulping a popular soft drink with a secret ingredient.”
The voice of reason!
Listen, I know there are a lot of people who love their soda. It’s a tough drink to give up. I don’t have a problem if people want to drink their soda, knowing it’s not healthy. It’s their choice. What kills me is someone drinking this Pepsi Special thinking that it’s a healthy weight loss choice. It isn’t. It’s asinine.
It reminds me of those shape/fit shoes. If you like the look of those shoes, wear them. But please don’t believe they are going to give you a rear-end like Kim Kardashian “…without ever setting foot in a gym.” That’s not logical and it’s not true.
So many people go from one gimmick, program, ‘diet’ after another and they don’t work because they are not lifestyles, they are products. Shakes and pills and eating only cabbage and tomatoes are not lifestyles. But people will continue to keep searching for the ‘secret’ when the answer is not a secret at all.
Eat real food that is not processed. Drink tons of water. Be active. Sleep. Be grateful.
The good news is that if you do those 5 things above, even just 80% of the time, giving you that 20% for your treats and indulgences, you will still be healthy and fit.
I’m going to give you all a recipe for a healthy and delicious dinner. Then I’ll need some help schlepping this soapbox out of the way. ~huge grin~
Recently, that same Myndi Shafer who launched me into this rant, (thanks, Myndi, I feel much better now) blogged about Happy Hausfrau: Easy Peasy ‘Italian’ Chicken and Veggies. I thought it looked fabulous and easy, so I made it, tweaking it a little for our needs and tastes.
2 packages of all natural, hormone-free chicken breast (at least 8 breasts)
a poblano pepper
Seasoned everything with olive oil, kosher salt, pepper, dried minced garlic, smoked paprika, chili powder.
Into the oven, covered, at 350 for an hour and found out it wasn’t even close to being cooked. Cranked up the temp to 425 and it finished within another 30 minutes. Maybe because I had a lot of chicken and my brussel sprouts were frozen, it took longer. Next time I’ll start with the oven hotter.
For a treat, I uncovered the dish and sprinkled shredded parmesan cheese over the top and let it bubble and brown under the broiler. Voila!
My family gobbled this up. My husband may have drooled. Fortunately it was over his own plate.
You have to try this one. It’s so good and you can put in any veggies you like.
Posted on November 14, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged gimmicks, Ginger Calem, health and fitness, recipes, weight loss soda, WritersButt, WritersButt Wednesday. Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.