I agree that my approach toward pop is bad, but I'm taking steps to curb it. 3 cans a day was a stepping stone from my previous "the only thing I drink" approach. I was one of those guys who never got fat, then I around the time I turned 24 that stopped working and I was left with the bad habits.
Originally Posted by grumble
Well, you know the pop is horrible for you and is helping you to keep the weight on. This 'no can do' attitude doesn't really sit well with me.
You're most likely hooked on the sugar and the caffeine. Drink unsweetened coffee/tea or diet pop and deal with the sugar cravings for a couple of weeks until they go away. If you want carbonation, then use the diet pop or mineral water. If you don't need the fizz, drink water.
As for stuff outside of food, it's not fast food that makes you fat, it's an excess of food. Figure out how much you eat in a day, and reduce that (keep protein high, it kills cravings and helps keep muscle on). If you can, use fitday.com for a couple of weeks to get a feel for what you're eating and what it's contributing to your diet. It's very helpful. Easy things to cut out (other than sugar drinks) are desserts and heavy alcohol consumption.
My other problem is eating after dinner. If I can curb that, it would be a big step. But that's another bad habit from my awesome metabolism days.