This past week, I began a new diet. I found a great application for my iPhone called “Lose It!” which is really great at helping you keep track of what you eat. I set up my current weight, target weight, and amount I want to lose per week—1 pound a week—and was told that I could eat 3200 calories a day and lose one pound a week. So last Tuesday, I began keeping track. Anytime I ingested any food, I added it to the list, both from the prepared list that the program had, or custom foods (meaning that I create the information).
One of the most surprising things that I got out of this experience this first week was in terms of the soda, Dr. Pepper. I am addicted to it, thanks to the caffeine. So I drink it pretty frequently. Well, I realized at the end of this week just how much I drank, when you put it all together. One cup of regular Dr. Pepper is 200 calories. That doesn’t sound so bad if you drink only one cup. But the bottles they have designed hold 2.5 servings, or in other words, 2.5 cups, or 500 calories per bottle. By the end of the week, I drank 3100 calories of Dr. Pepper! Yes, one day’s whole allowance of calories was taken by Dr. Pepper that week. Wow. I’ve known that drinking non-diet soda added calories to your diet, but until I saw the actual number of what I actually ate/drank, it didn’t hit home what it actually meant. For my first week, I was 900 calories over my budget. If I drank Diet Dr. Pepper (no calories), I would have been 2200 calories UNDER!