Best damn light milk ever tasted

Being on a diet again means that I have to be on the look out for low-calorie foods again. It kinda sucks but what can you do, right?

One of the foods that I was running dangerously low during my previous diet was milk. The fat free cow milk has 90 calories per serving and it tastes like white water. It’s just not good. Don’t get me wrong, I love cow’s milk but the fat free version leaves a lot to be desired in terms of taste.

I had tasted a number of soy milk products in the past but I was never a big fan. They don’t taste as good as real milk. Moreover, their calorie count is at least as much as the cow’s milk.

Now, I am really happy to have found a truly low-cal soy milk (50 cals) that I can actually use during my diet. Not only that, but it’s actually delicious, thick/rich enough, and it has a longer expiration date than fresh cow’s milk (2 months instead of 10 days). The brand is called 8th Continent and the product is the “Light Original” and I found it at the ‘Target’ superstore. I believe that it’s the best choice for milk substitute if you are on a diet.

I don’t work for them btw. :-D

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Eugenia wrote on February 21st, 2007 at 4:06 AM PST:

Sorry, 100ml is NOT a full serving, it’s very little milk. A full serving of milk is 240ml, and that “costs” 90 calories in the fat-free cow milk products here. The milk you suggest has about 120 calories per serving!

The soya product I am suggesting only has 50 calories per 240ml. It is the lowest calorie milk I have ever seen in the market.


Tom Dison wrote on February 21st, 2007 at 4:13 AM PST:

I’m going to go out and try it. I also am on a calorie restruction (although I get 1700 calories!). I find nmyself leaving out the milk, so this may be a way to get some back in my diet. Also, I could have some cereal again. Woo hoo!


Stefan Constantinescu wrote on February 21st, 2007 at 6:03 AM PST:

And after you reach your desired weight are you still going to amuse yourself with the partly eating habits you’ve become used to for a brief amount of time?

Diets don’t work. Take it from someone who lost 100+ pounds by just being a little more habit and changing a few nasty habits I used to have a few years back.


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Eugenia wrote on February 21st, 2007 at 6:18 AM PST:

As I have written before, from the moment that you have gain weight in your life and then lost it through a diet, it is a battle against your body’s needs until the day you die. Your liver always wants to get to its previous fat status and so it will send signals to your brain to keep you eating as much as before the diet.

So basically, diets don’t work, but only if you don’t have the strength to say “no” to yourself. The trick is to never gain weight in your life. From the moment that you have, you are screwed. You will have to become a masochist to avoid gaining it back.


Tom Dison wrote on February 21st, 2007 at 8:50 AM PST:

And after you reach your desired weight are you still going to amuse yourself with the partly eating habits you’ve become used to for a brief amount of time

Actually, this is how I am going to eat for the rest of my life. Just look at is as a budget. Some people go on a “budget” with their money. When they get off of the “budget”, they spend like crazy again. It can’t be some temporary thing.

By the way, one of my strategies is to periodically indulge myself. Basically, one day at the beginning of each month I will eat whatever. The purpose of this is to keep the body from going into starvation mode. Don’t fight your body, work with it.


Thomas Bonk wrote on February 21st, 2007 at 12:58 PM PST:

Isn’t there low fat cow’s milk available in the US? In Germany there is low fat cow’s milk with 50 cals per 100ml and 1.5% of fat. This is very common and it’s available everywhere.


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Eugenia wrote on February 22nd, 2007 at 12:02 PM PST:

Unfortunately, the math won’t be on your side regarding the once-a-month indulgement. You see, to lose 1kg, you need to remove off your diet between 7,000 and 8,000 calories. If you work hard all month to be on a low-cal diet and suddenly you go well over your calorie allowance you can be set back 2-3 days from your goal.

It’s even worse for me that I am on a very low calorie diet. If I indulge once per month with let’s say, 2,000 calories for that day instead of the usual 700, this means that I lost 2-3 days of work!


Tom Dison wrote on February 23rd, 2007 at 5:47 AM PST:

Well, part of the reason for the 1/month indulgement is to kick-start your metabolism and get it out of starvation mode. _IF_ that is true, then you would burn more calories per day the rest of the month, and the math would be back on my side. I’ll let you know if it works. I have been on a 2-week plateau, so today is my first indulgence day. I’ll see if it works or not.


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Eugenia wrote on February 23rd, 2007 at 8:41 AM PST:

This would only work if you had a very flexible calorie plan. Mine is usually between 700 and 800 cals, so I can’t just consume less than that in any given day just because I ate a lot the day before. My plan is so low, that it doesn’t go lower…


Tom Dison wrote on February 23rd, 2007 at 8:52 AM PST:

I don’t understand. After my indulgence day, I don’t cut down the other days. Every day except the indulgence day I eat 1700 calories. The one uncontrolled day is to cancel the starvation effect and to jumpstart my metabolism.


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Eugenia wrote on February 23rd, 2007 at 9:00 AM PST:

Then, you lost 1-2 days of your goal! As I explained above, to lose 1kg, you need to not eat 7,000-9,000 calories. It’s a proven fact. If you eat, let’s say, 3,000 calories in your indulgement day, you just DELAYED your goal off 1 day. After 1 year of dieting, you are delayed by 12 days.

This might work for you because you eat quite a few calories, but it would not work for me. If I eat 2,200 calories that day, I lost TWO days off my diet. By the end of the year, I would be 25 days off my target date. This means that instead of achieving my target weight by December 25th, I would need to wait for January 20th.


Tom Dison wrote on February 23rd, 2007 at 9:59 AM PST:

What’s the hurry? I don’t think it is healthy to lose weight quickly. I’m changing how I eat for life.


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