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VORTEX33 SparkPoints: (10,114)
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3/24/14 10:20 A

I used to drink 6-10 cans of diet cola a day. I knew it wasn't healthy but it's like my body craved it. While at a family dinner I was served plain soda water and discovered that what I really craved was the carbonation. Now I buy unflavored soda water and can drink that whenever I feel the urge. I also discovered being dehydrated was a migraine trigger for me so I always have a bottle of water or iced green tea beside me.

ALL4MYHEALTH SparkPoints: (332)
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3/23/14 7:09 P

Artificial sweeteners are horrid. They can cause a lot of health problems if consumed over a long period of time, plus, for me, they leave a chemical taste behind...yuck! Water is natural, tea is natural, diet soda is full of junk. The choice is yours.

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3/22/14 11:38 A

water

TWEETYFITN60 SparkPoints: (4,620)
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3/21/14 2:31 P

I agree with CarolSue. I have been a diet soda drinker since they "invented" it nearly 40+ years ago. I have listened to people around me tell me why this is such a bad habit but I continued it. I have gone through periods of not drinking it at all or not as much. I recently rejoined SP (a week ago) and, of course, one of the trackers is drinking at least 8 cups of water. I have done this on and off in the past but I thought that the main reason that brought me back to SP was making some changes in the way that I do things so I can see a difference show up on the scales, so I said "Why not?" After about the fourth day, I actually starting realizing that I liked and almost prefered drinking cold water. In the past couple of days, I put out 4 16.9 oz. bottles on the counter and I fill them with purified water from my pitcher then I set them in the refrigerator. As I finish off one, I put it back on the counter so I know how many I have drank. Yesterday, I had finished all four bottles by early evening. That is pretty good considering I didn't get up until 1 p.m. (I am also an insomniac and working on that as well).

Yes, I am also drinking diet soda and caffeinated coffee but now I have switched to water only after dinner and I think that is going to be my new habit. The one place though where I do like to have a diet soda is when I dine out. I just don't like water with restaurant food, at least not for now. Maybe, in the future that will change but we'll see...

Pam

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3/21/14 9:05 A

You have gotten lots of good replies to your question. I am not a soda drinker, but I have a friend who is and has recently broken her habit. She is very pleased with herself for accomplishing this goal and I am happy for her.

I learned to drink water years ago through WW. Now I always have a bottle of water handy in my house (I don't work) and I take a sip anytime I walk by it. For some reason I don't like drinking water straight from a glass and so I use a straw. I am not a slow sipper so I can get in lots of water using that straw.

If you want to get away from drinking soda, I would like to suggest that you try drinking 1/2 a glass of water just before you drink your soda. I think you might find the sweetness of the soda less appealing with this trick.

PACAROLSUE SparkPoints: (4,135)
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3/21/14 8:27 A

If you drink it through a straw it doesn't damage your teeth the way it does drinking it from a glass or the can. After 50 years of drinking it my teeth are fine. And it didn't hinder my weight loss for 10 years, my change in my diet hindered my weight loss. I'm not going to give it up completely. I like it, but I don't drink as much as I used to. I do drink a lot of water and agree that it's better for me.

ANARIE Posts: 12,529
3/21/14 12:39 A

Diet (and regular) COLA is bad for your teeth. Fruit flavored diet sodas don't have that effect.

That's the only proven health risk with diet sodas. It's a serious one; poor dental health can lead to heart disease and all sorts of other illnesses. That should be enough to make you think about cutting back.

But there's no evidence that artificial sweeteners rot your brain or make you fat or turn your children into psychopaths or any of the terrible things you've read about.

It comes down to personal choice and assessing your risks. If you're obese, and drinking some diet soda keeps you from eating a pint of Ben and Jerry's, then let yourself have the occasional diet drink for now. Obesity is a huge risk; soda is a tiny one, so prioritize and tackle the soda issue later.

If, on the other hand, you track your moods and diet for a while and you realize that when you have a soda you're desperate for chips to go with it, or you go nuts and eat every cookie in a tri-state area, then you might have to stop the soda before you can make progress on the obesity.

And then there's always the question of how much you hate going to the dentist. Avoiding colas definitely will help you avoid the drill.

BETTERME8913 SparkPoints: (5,341)
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3/21/14 12:01 A

Water for me. Everytime I ever had diet soda (we call it pop here in PA, lol) it gives me a headache and makes me very hungry about an hour later. I can't have it! Every few weeks I may have a small can of regular Pepsi when I order out for a treat, but an 8 pack lasts me months. I'd rather have it much less often and a little of the real stuff when I do.

MARTHA324 SparkPoints: (44,119)
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3/20/14 10:17 P

the diet soda is full of ingredients that I can't even pronounce! Try sparkling water that has nothing added and if you want to give it some flavor float a slice of lemon, lime, or orange. There is nothing good about diet soda and some research suggests that it actually HINDERS weight loss.

PACAROLSUE SparkPoints: (4,135)
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3/20/14 8:50 P

I used artificial sweeteners and diet soda since back in the 60's. It helped me control my weight and never caused me to crave sweets/sugary foods. That's not to say that it doesn't have that effect on others. It all changed when I got married in the 80's and gained instant family. (2 step children) I was preparing different types of meals for a husband and 2 kids, different from the healthy small meals I ate when I lived alone. Eventually, I was eating along with them, different foods were brought into the house, and the weight packed on. The artificial sweeteners and diet soda did not come into play.

Having said that, I now drink much more water than diet soda. I like water. It is very cold and refreshing, but I still want the carbonation once in a while, and I drink Diet Caffeine Free Coke.

Edited by: PACAROLSUE at: 3/20/2014 (20:51)
SOAPSANDROPES Posts: 662
3/20/14 8:16 A

It is basic science.

Water is a chemical, so is vinegar, so are a lot of things that people would call "clean" or "natural". Quit calling things that you don't like chemicals to make them sound bad.

Crystal light is basically the same thing as diet soda, it just doesn't have the carbonation.

Diet soda and crystal light are both mostly water, they will hydrate you if you drink them. Are they are efficient as plain water, no. Are they acidic, yes. Do they have other things added to them yes. Can artificially sweetened drinks program your brain to prefer sugary things? While there is still a debate about the last one I think that it is true.

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3/20/14 6:42 A

water is preferable; diet soda has too many additives.

LULUBELLE65 SparkPoints: (28,353)
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3/20/14 5:01 A

I used to drink at least a couple cans of diet soda a day, and while I suffered from caffeine withdrawal for a few days while I was quittin, I feel great now. Your body is made out of water; it needs water to survive. If you are drinking 8+ glasses of water a day, then go ahead and have a diet soda, but if you're not, have water.

I feel that those little packets of flavoring like Crystal Light are a good gateway to drinking plain water, but that really, I don't want to fill my body with chemicals, and now I would much rather have a glass of water with a squeeze of lemon in it than a bunch of things I cannot pronounce.

There are tons of studies out there about the problems with diet sodas. Educate yourself.

Edited by: LULUBELLE65 at: 3/20/2014 (06:49)
LIZANNE115 SparkPoints: (6,702)
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3/20/14 12:14 A

All those light and diet drinks like soda and 5-calorie lemonade powder and things like that have artificial sweeteners (like aspartame), which can have weird effects on your brain and body chemistry. I read an article recently linking high consumption of diet drinks to an increased chance of stroke and aggravation of mental health conditions, so I just stay away from it all.

I drink water, tea, juice occasionally, and sometimes milk if I can choke it down for my own good. lol

INDYTRACKMOM Posts: 839
3/19/14 11:42 P

water or flavored water over diet drink

JENNAYSAYHAY Posts: 35
3/19/14 4:31 P

Why not try some flavored water? Like Crystal Light packets.

Let's say you drink a diet soda every day, 7 days a week. Go down to 6 days of the week, then 5, then 4, and so on and so forth. Slowly wean yourself off them.

CANDACEMM Posts: 1,213
3/19/14 11:02 A

Chemicals vs clean & no chemicals. It's as simple as that.

BOB5148 SparkPoints: (122,840)
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3/19/14 10:32 A

Water only

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 16,543
3/19/14 8:42 A

"So how is water so much better for me than water if it has no calories and no sugar?"

Look at all the chemicals in that diet Coke...

LEC358 SparkPoints: (10,349)
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3/19/14 8:36 A

Given that I use diet coke to clean my stove top (great degreaser btw), I don't really want something that harsh in my body no matter what the nutritional "value" is.

SOAPSANDROPES Posts: 662
3/19/14 8:31 A

Water is the best way to hydrate yourself (unless you have seriously depleted your electrolytes). Diet soda does not have sugar but it is very acidic (about the most acidic thing that you can buy) and it has coloring and flavoring. The acid in soda is awful for your teeth and can actually leach calcium from your bones. Some people also have issues with the carbonation. I would say that if you want to enjoy an occasional diet soda enjoy it. However, reach for water after exercising or first thing in the morning

Edited by: SOAPSANDROPES at: 3/19/2014 (08:31)
SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,001
3/19/14 8:23 A

Proper hydration is critical to health and anyone trying to lose weight...water reduces sodium buildup in the body and helps convert food into energy and assists in metabolizing stored fat.
Water regulates blood sugar because if your body gets low on water, everything becomes concentrated. This includes your blood sugar. When you are dehydrated, your urine gets darker, you become constipated and your blood sugars go up and mild dehydration will stall weight loss.

Reach for the water first and cleanse those little greedy cells that are begging you to feed them junk. Maybe eat your veggies..veggies hydrate...you might try Ocean Spray Diet Cran with 2 grams of sugar ...mix 1/2 cran with 1/2 water....another idea is water with fruit such as lemon, lime, berries, cucumber slices.

I am over 3 years soda free and don't miss soda at all.

Look at the ingredients....artificial sweetener's? There’s no conclusive evidence but some research has suggested people drink artificially sweetened sodas as part of a calorie restricted diet do lose weight do lose weight, however some studies have suggested that diet soft drinks could even lead to weight gain....maybe drinking diet drinks and eating diet food makes some people get hungry


Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 3/19/2014 (08:29)
NSKYLINE115 SparkPoints: (27,567)
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3/19/14 7:06 A

Hey LORATTA,
I ditched drinking soda all together (with the occasional mixed alcoholic drink once in a while). My body feels soooo much better, and now when I do drink it it doesnt appeal to me as much. Even though it says no sugar and no calories, they put alot of other 'stuff' in the soda which makes it taste good, this 'good taste' is not from healthy ingredients. I actually heard diet soda can be worse than regular soda, but if you look at the ingredients, most of what is listed I cant even pronounce lol. Good luck!

CERTHIA SparkPoints: (21,845)
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3/19/14 3:41 A

Foods and drinks are more than a matter of calories and sugars. Your body needs water. Your body does not need all the other ingredients listed in diet soda. Plus, if you ditch the soda, chances are your palate will eventually change. You probably won't crave the sweet taste of it so often. This could make it easier to make better choices overall.

Btw, I ditched coffee in January after years and years of massive consumption. I had a few days of headaches (paracetamol/acetaminophen helped), but it was worth it! I no longer have cravings for caffeine, and it's a very liberating feeling. :)

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
3/19/14 1:17 A

Look at the ingredients of both.

LORATTA Posts: 32
3/19/14 12:28 A

I don't drink tea or coffee but I love my diet soda. So how is water so much better for me than water if it has no calories and no sugar?

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