I too have had periods of time when I feel the beverage intake was impeding my progress. So I cut out the diet soda every other day and monitored sodium intake, as I thought my sodium intake was resulting in more water retention than desired. I did notice pretty quickly my weight started to decrease again.
My weight was stagnate for months, Doctor told me no more coffee, decaf, tea, chocolate, sodas of any sort. I did this for 6 months and the weight I needed to lose to get to my goal sarted to come off, in fact I went 15 pounds under. Had to put back 10 pounds as it was too much. I now drink coffee in the Am and have an ice cream in the evening and all is well now.
I am losing weight so slowly it's laughable: one pound in a month!! I've been drinking only water, coffee and maybe 2 c of fat free almond milk for years, and exercise 3-4 times a week 30 minutes or more with at least 35 pounds to lose. I'm 70 now, somewhat disabled, Type 1 diabetes yada, yada. Keep goin'? You betcha.
A good tip for beginners. I have pretty much eliminated all beverages other than water, coffee and iced tea (no milk or sugar) and walk between 4-5 miles a day. I am not losing weight anymore. I am within 10 pounds of my goal weight and have been here for ages.
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