Friday, October 22, 2010

Dr Oz's 28 Day Plan to Quit Soda!

I've never been a full-calories soda addict, but I did have a rather dysfunctional relationship with Diet Coke--I started getting nervous if I was running low on the stuff in the house, twitchy even, and I would often make calculations as to which real foods to leave out of my cart, so I would be sure to bring everything up (to my third fl apt) in one load. I broke the addiction since and I have occasionally had a diet or real soda without going full hog back ont the wagon (although I haven't had anything carbonated since early September). My rule, never buy soda to bring home, I can only have an occasional soda out. It works for me and right now I'm completely soda free. Here's Dr. Oz's 28 day plan to quit soda.

  • Week one: Go from regular soda to a diet soda to get over the sugar craving. He encourages one to eat fish, eggs, and beans during this phase.
  • Week two: Go from diet soda to caffeine-free diet soda to rid your body of the caffeine fix. He suggests taking ibuprofen for headaches and snacking on foods rich in vitamin B.
  • Week three: Cut your soda intake down in half. Instead of only drinking the caffeine-free diet sodas, drink a seltzer water combined with a small percentage (about 20 percent) of your favorite fruit juice.
  • Week four: No more sodas! Just chew sugar-free gum when you need a sweet treat.
So, what do you think readers? Do you think it might work? I think its a pretty good plan for full calorie sugar drinkers. For diet-soda addicts, I'd suggest starting out with week two and maybe extending week three for two weeks, where you cut down your now caffeine-free soda and try to mix in seltzer with juice or iced-green tea with juice. Thoughts? Share them in the comments.

1 comment:

  1. In a recent Sister to Sister magazine, reported that Diet Coke has more caffine then Coco-cola classic. 45.6mg to 34 mg. This could be one reason it is hard to give it up.