diet coke and the smile of cerces
Talking to Greg and Michelle [Greg runs Nicholl, Michelle is a fellow Nicholl allumni] and Greg looked over at my Diet Coke and said, You know in a study they found people who drink Diet Coke gain weight. Michelle perked up and said oh yeah she heard something about that. And Greg said yeah, something about Diet Coke giving people the illusion they were getting no callories in their beverage making them eat more or drink more or something. And they were really going to town on this and chortling away about dumb Diet Coke drinkers all getting fat [as if] and finally I said, Greg, I do not drink Diet Coke for my weight, I drink Diet Coke for my teeth.
A regular Coca Cola has eight tablespoons of sugar in it. [A regular Pepsi has twelve.] I drink a lot of Coca Cola. Figure a six pack a day. That, if I drink regular Coca Cola, is 48 tablespoons of sugar hitting my teeth with the added fizz factor of a carbonated acidic beverage every day.
Me, I like my teeth. I do not do that to them. My dentist told me if I did, they would melt. [She is strict and scary like that.] I drink the diet stuff instead.
But. Everyone assumes I drink Diet Coke to stay thin.
Anytime I do anything “diet” people assume it is about losing weight. Like the last post tragic escalations. I talk about sugar. And people assume I am dumping sugar to lose weight. I am not. Sugar does not put weight on me. I can live on sugar, I technically have, and lost weight doing it because sugar burns fast. Sugar is simply —
I mean really bad fuel.
It is bad for the skin. It is bad for muscle tone and tension. It is definitely bad if you are building and shifting muscle weight because it dicks around with protein [welcome to glycation 101] and gets way in the way of that.
Dumping sugar is not about losing weight. It is about building mass. And not wanting to trash what I am building with bad fuel. [I am not even dumping all sugar either, I am eating fruit and that is sugar, it just works out better than a bag of Almond Joy bars. Damn. It.]
[I am totally going to blow the sugar thing too when Michelle and I hit a movie and get blotto on cocktails Tuesday night alcohol is all sugar too. Damn. It. Again.]
Anyway. Everyone stop sending me diet tips. Jeez.
[ps : aj i so know it is you who sent chocolate]