Good news in the weight loss front.
I watched one of the morning news shows, and Coca-Cola is introducing a new drink designed to raise metabolism.
The cost is $1.29 per can, and they suggest you drink 3 cans per day. Each can is 5 calories. This is a total cost of $3.87 per day, and 15 extra calories.
The payback? If you drink three cans every day, your metabolism is raised, and you will naturally burn off "up to" 60 extra calories per day. Of course, what this really means (in marketing speak) is that for some subset of people their metaboism will increase by 60 calories, but most people will be somewhere below that number.
So since each day's drink has 15 calories, the caloric imbalance is a maximum of 60 - 15 or 45 calories saved per day. At a cost of $3.87 In contrast the high fiber bread I eat is 100 calories per slice, so the savings is slightly less than 1/2 slice of bread.
Over 30 days, this will cost over $115.00 and save you 1350 calories... there are about 3600 calories per pound of fat, so for $115 per month you can lose about 1/3 pound each and every month. So in 3 months you would lose 1 pound at a total cost of $345.00.
They interviewed people (who of course didn't run the numbers) and several acted like they would rush out and buy it. The ingredients of note... green tea and caffeine. Each drink has about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee.
So for $345 for 3 months you too can lose a pound without doing anything else, or you can just cut out 1/2 slice of bread per day and lose at about the same pace.
According to USA Today, a 120 pound person cycling at under 10 mph would burn 45 calories in less than 15 minutes, under 10 minutes for a 170 pounder... http://www.usatoday.com/life/lifesty...ed-chart_x.htm
So I can give up 1/2 slice of bread or go for a casual ride for 5-10 minutes or buy a magical drink...
I think I'm going to go buy the magical drink.