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CREEKUL1 SparkPoints: (30,146)
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1/1/14 2:10 P

I don't think Diet soda is good for you, it's got some pretty bad qualities but there are probably a lot of other things out there that are worse for you. I have, in the past, lost weight while drinking diet sodas and do believe that I have a bit of an aspartame addiction. Until recently I was drinking about 6 cans of diet pepsi each day and using aspartame based sweeteners in my coffee. I now limit my diet soda to 1 every other day and use no sweetener in my coffee and think I do feel better. Haven't lost any significant weight yet but who knows. Not sure if I'll ever cut diet soda out 100% but I'll keep on limiting my intake and see what happens :-) .

SIMPLYME80 Posts: 406
1/1/14 11:16 A

I gave up soda 5 years ago and now drink mostly uncarbonated beverages..Don't know about Dr Oz, but I do know as a teen, many of "the girls" would drink 6 or more diet sodas a day because all that carbonation would make them "feel full" so they ate less. Not healthy or nutritious way to lose.

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12/30/13 4:32 P

I believe in everything in moderation. I have actually drank a lot less diet soda since I got preggo with my daughter. Just thought it would be better to not while I was preggo. Now I have a SodaStream and we love it! I drink most of my water bubbles with no flavor, but I do sometimes add some of the flavoring and you can add as much or little as you like. I feel better about this choice and it is so much fun adding different flavorings, including just a few squeezes of a lime or lemon or a few berries.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
12/30/13 2:03 P

I don't drink soda for the last 4 years. I haven't missed it. I am healthier for it since diet is 100X times worse than the sugar sodas. Way too many artficial sweetners. I don't see anythign that could be that bad for me as a treat.

Be careful about vitamin water and sobe life. Read the ingredients. In Vitamin water there is a sweetner. You want true vitamin water-- make it yourself. I infuse my own and it tastes great.
I have used many different fruits and greens in my water. Don't have to worry about sugar because I don't add any.

MIAMEOWS SparkPoints: (5,524)
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12/30/13 12:40 P

I drink one glass of Diet Sprite every night. I figure it's diet, it's caffeine free and I've already drank more than enough water for the day. It does not make me eat more, it's just a nice treat at the end of the day. There's my two cents :)

LILLIE222 SparkPoints: (4,363)
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12/30/13 12:27 P

I love diet pepsi. That's my treat. I don't think it effects my weight. I have been fat and skinny
drinking it.

WEWRTFO Posts: 182
12/30/13 3:28 A

It could be much worse than you could ever imagine.

For years I ignored negative talk about artificial sweeteners and diet soda. I believed just the opposite, that it helped me control weight since it was zero calories and ate or drank enough would fill me up.

I consumed 3-10 cans of diet soda daily for almost 40 years. I also consumed large quantities of sugar free drinks, go days without drinking just water. My entire life I have been 120 to 300 pounds over my ideal weight. Each decade between teens, twenty's, thirty's and now forty's have gradually gained weight. 200-300 pounds overweight these past 10 years. All my weight loss attempts have been eating correctly, tracking calories, and eating more vegetables. Exactly how a dietitian would recommend a normal person to eat and how most normal weight people who eat healthy on a daily basis. All healthy eating lifestyle attempts failed due to constant hunger, uncontrollable food binges and sugar cravings even at a 2500 -3000 calories per day.

When making perfect food choices, cutting out all the sugars I found myself craving sweets the same as when consuming large amounts of sugar. My entire life I had been hungry shortly after meals regardless how little, much or often I would eat. I found vegetables do not taste all that good,but forced myself to eat them. Overate wheather it was all healthy or junk food. Did not matter or seem to effect my natural cravings for sweets.

About a year ago, after exchanging emails with Sean Anderson. Who inspired me from the book he wrote. Transformation Road, My trip to over 500 pounds and back again. I decided to look deeper into the possible cause of my own lifetime weight loss struggles. Mid January I decided to stop drinking diet soda. I still allowed myself to drink sugar free drinks like Propel and Vitamin water zero. I lost about 30 pounds and noticed I was less hungry. Mid February I took it one step further and decided to eliminate all artificial sweeteners from my diet. I lost another 60 pounds and shocked very little food would make me full and keep me satisfied for a very long time. Not being hungry all the time was a new and life changing experience. I was very easy for me to loose weight naturally, eating vegetables become a craving. I now crave water and did not miss drinking diet soda or sugar free drinks.

From June through mid December I became too busy with work, made that my 1st priority and did not track my daily calorie intake and gained 40 of the 90 lbs back. I made poor food choices, however still drank gallon water per day and avoided artificial sweeteners. I noticed I was consuming a lot of sugar and craving sweets again. Nowhere near the levels I were when consuming artificial sweeteners. I was enjoying how much better I felt without the artificial sweeteners in my diet I neglected the lesser of the two evils, sugar. How too much sugar will effect you.

While it's been just a short two weeks of making healthy choices again, loosing 20 of the 40 gained back. Cutting out most of the sugar feels amazing without artificial sweeteners. As if flipping a light switch, no longer being hungry and craving sweets all the time. It's an awesome feeling having my current eating habits feel natural and being able to eat how I have always wanted.

If your someone who believes they are not sensitive to artificial sweeteners. Do yourself a favor and try 1) No artificial sweeteners 2) eliminate most of the sweets(sugar) from your diet. See if you notice that you crave more vegetables and healthy foods & is easy to reach your daily calorie goal.

PANTHER1996 SparkPoints: (71)
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12/29/13 11:11 P

Diet soda makes me have migraines. I try to avoid all food with artificial sweetner

FUNNYGIRLJESS SparkPoints: (9,925)
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12/29/13 10:32 P

thanks for your thoughts.
I think Dr. Oz and other news reports blasting Diet Soda have another agenda.
They see that us consumers will switch to flavored waters like Sobe Life and Vitawater and they'll manufacture less diet pop, but more waters once we've become hooked.

LOLA_LALA Posts: 659
11/24/13 5:09 P

I used to drink quite a bit of it and no longer drink it at all, but I don't believe there are any negative consequences to drinking diet soda.

Drinking sugary soda, though, is not good for one's health for a number of medically established reasons.

HANDYV Posts: 24,924
11/24/13 1:57 P

I love my Diet Coke as well, but do not drink it any where as much as I used to.

GOGOBEAR SparkPoints: (9,353)
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11/23/13 4:28 P

diet coke is my water :)

POCKETLLAMA1 SparkPoints: (33,218)
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11/23/13 8:32 A

I'm trying to quit.

AGILEDOBE Posts: 428
11/23/13 8:27 A

You can't go wrong with water, good for your body, no side effects later.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,172
11/23/13 6:09 A

Here is a link to a great Spark article on choosing beverages:

So while you'll get various opinions from people on whether diet soda is "bad" or not.... personally, I'd read the article and decide for yourself which beverages you'll include, and in what quantities. The article suggests 0-4 servings per day, of artificially sweetened drinks. While there are some people who find artificial sweeteners make them crave sweet things.... there are plenty of people who have no problem with them.

Personally... mostly I drink water but occasionally I'll have a diet Pepsi. The motivation for me is not so much because I think diet soda is bad or something. I don't. It's because I'm cheap and I can get tap water for next to nothing.

SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,229
11/22/13 4:15 P

You can also take the tarnish off a penny with orange juice.

I drink diet soda; I lost 50 pounds and have maintained that loss for 10 years. No problems with diet soda in my personal experience.

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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11/22/13 2:32 P

Well Dr.Oz is just a paid shill at this point anyway. But both diet and regular cola have enough acid in them to dissolve metal. I don't need those kinds of chemicals in my body.

Edited by: LEC358 at: 11/22/2013 (16:33)
MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 16,919
11/22/13 2:14 P

You will hear lots of different things. For me personally, diet soda just made me ravenously hungry.

On the flip side their are people on here that have used diet soda and been successful with losing weight.

ROBBIEY SparkPoints: (359,631)
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11/22/13 8:10 A

I drink diet and regular sodas on occasion, I just try not to make it a habit.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,165
11/22/13 7:47 A

I haven't touched soda of any kind since I was diagnosed pre-diabetic and I do feel better.

Research presented at the American Heart Association’s Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention annual conference in San Francisco, revealed that over the last decade, soda consumption had conservatively caused many problems which include
diabetes, heart disease, cancer ( especially pancreatic cancer) kidney stones and osteoporosis.

My own brother who is a very large man drank loads of diet soda and now suffers with his health severely. As for me I am happy I was diagnosed as it gave me a wake up call and I now have normal blood sugar levels and feel so much better.

The source of this info....Health Freedom Alliance article Over 130,000 cases of Diabetes Linked to Soda Consumption, March 17, 2010

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 11/22/2013 (07:52)
TRIATHLETEGIRL SparkPoints: (55,048)
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11/21/13 10:10 P

I think they are both bad, but I know that in some situations, one is better than the other, given the person's health history. And actually, I don't like carbonated beverages as a general rule, but I have used carbonated water (seltzer) and some diet sodas to help me feel full during my weight loss journey. I see it as a temporary crutch, not a long-term solution. I don't watch Dr Oz so I can't make specific comments on what the reasons for his position is, but.....I just think it depends.

FUNNYGIRLJESS SparkPoints: (9,925)
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11/21/13 9:42 P

Yesterday on Doc. Oz...they talked about the science behind diet pop being bad for your body.
Do you believe this?
I mean it makes sense that the sugary full-calorie sodas will satisfy the sweet cravings.
But sometimes I am a little skeptical and feeling guilty about skipping the diet.

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