Skip The Fad Diet and Follow a Few Simple (and cheap) Tips Like 0 Twitter Liz Zemlicka Follow Sept. 21, 2016, 4:03 a.m. in Life and Styles Views: 615 Like us on facebook I once again got caught up in my own obsession. Since going back on the phentermine last week, I have been researching ways to help it to work properly, I came up with a lot of vitamins and supplements and decided I would use my head and plan out and record every little calorie I consume. This is tedious and gives me a headache. Ok what do I know about eating healthy? Watch your sugar intake, read labels and cut the sugar down to 60 grams a day (give or take) I know this is possible because I have done it before and it works quite well but it takes discipline, especially the first week or so when you start getting sugar withdrawals. So I quit drinking pop. In order to not cheat on this, I have been googling other low to no sugar caffeine alternatives, you won't see me quitting caffeine any time soon. I know, coffee is the obvious one but I just can't bring myself to drink it plain. Green and Black Teas are a better option for me. In my research, I came across a kind of Japanese green tea that is supposed to be super healthy and actual tastes good. Oh yeah and they only sell it at natural food stores, and more than likely charge a ridiculous amount for it...sigh. Zip fizz it is then. (Caffeinated juice, comes in powder packets to mix into water. $20 for a box of 20 on amazon. Seriously, if you haven't tried it, you should. My personal favorite is pink lemonade) and my sugar free energy drinks, although I am on the fence there, aspartame is worse than sugar. Which leads me to my last point, don't switch to "Diet" pop (or soda), that all is sweetened with aspartame, which is so bad for you that you might as well just drink the regular flavor. Watch labels closely, sugar-free and low-fat are not what you think, it's a gimmick to make more money off people who want to eat better but are struggling on getting started. Steer clear of sugar, artificial sugar included. If you want to sweeten something, reach for an all natural honey or even "Stevia" is better. Watch the bad carbs (white bread, white pasta, white rice, sugar, soda (pop) and pastries) yep the fun stuff. Pick up the brown rice and whole wheat pasta (seriously I don't notice a difference in taste). Reach for good sugars like fresh fruits and veggies. This doesn't mean you can't indulge occasionally, go for it but remember, it's all portion control. Keep those portions down and don't eat until you can't eat anymore (think Thanksgiving we all have that family member who has to unbutton their pants after dinner, don't be that guy) Carbs are not the enemy, at least not the good carbs, artificial sugars are the enemy. Satisfy that sugar craving with an apple or banana. Sweeten your food with honey instead of white sugar. Keep your portions low, you don't need to pile food on your plate, if it helps, google serving sizes and measure everything out, tedious I know but if it helps... Step 1: No Pop...I got this... Published by Liz Zemlicka Share Mail Messenger Twitter Pinterest Linkedin Comments Related Article Life and Styles DEAR WOMEN Life and Styles Escape from the BS Life and Styles It Is Still August Right?