Tip #12: Drink water, not soda. Eat fruit but don’t drink juice.

Often we may confuse thirst for hunger. I eat on a very regular schedule as much as possible.  If I feel hungry, I’ll first drink water (or green tea); often the hunger will subside. Drinking water might even help reduce diabetes, which is increased in folks who are overweight or obese. (PS:  I don’t drink diet soda, either).

I eat fruit. I stopped drinking juice. Before I lost weight, I drank up to 1/2 gallon a day of grapefruit juice – healthy, right? Wrong!!! Much too much sugar. That represents about 10 grapefruits; 1 grapefruit is approx. 80 cal. I could never EAT that much grapefruit.  Juice allows you to consume far more sugar/calories, plus you don’t get all the fiber.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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