I drank a huge amount of diet soft drinks while I was in the process of losing weight. Since I've been maintaining, there are times when I drink a lot, and times when I go for months at a time without drinking any.
It makes NO difference. Not in my weight control efforts, not in my general health, not in my level of grumpiness, not in anything that I can tell. It might help a tiny bit because I'll sometimes drink a zero-calorie drink instead of eating sweets, but if so it's a tiny effect.
I'm not worried about the health effects, either. Artificial sweeteners are some of the most carefully-tested substances on the planet, and even sugar-industry funded studies have not been able to find health effects from the sweeteners. There is a connection between migraine and caffeinated sodas, but it turns out to be the opposite of what you might expect. People don't get migraines because they drink soda; they drink soda because they're starting to get a migraine. It's extremely common for a migraine sufferer to reach for caffeine at the first, subconscious warning signals. Many times it blocks the headache. If it doesn't people tend to blame what they drank instead of realizing that it just failed to treat the problem. Basically, the only way you can kill a mouse with Splenda or Aspartame is to drown him in it. If the Center for Science in the Public Interests says it's safe, I'm not going to worry, because they're the ones who think *everything* is gonna kill us.
Artifical sweeteners have been tested greatly and shown to be safe for consumption by children and adults.
While I respect your choice to select the foods you desire in your diet--please be sure to use evidence-based research in your weight loss suggestions for others.
SP Registered Dietitian Becky
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437 11/25/12 11:39 A
I drink diet soda, but I am trying to cut down on it. Hasn't really affected my weight loss either way. It has made me crave sweets before, in which case I will either have a small treat if it fits in with my plan for the day, or substitute something else for the sweets.
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574 11/25/12 10:29 A
i love my coke zero! i don't drink as much as i used to (12+ cans a week)...but prob still 6-8 cans most weeks hasn't impacted my weight loss either way ( i have lost 54lbs since may 1st)
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22,456 11/24/12 4:22 P
I hardly ever have soda, but if I do, it is generally not full strength and it IS Zero carb. I have a low calorie lemon barley which I make up quite weak and add the Zero Carb lemonade (about 1/5 of the glass) to it. It is enough to add a bit of fizz which I find refreshing at times.
I have found that I cannot do Splenda, because it causes Hershey squirts, and I cannot do aspartame or saccharin, because it makes me bloat and gives me horrible headaches. So, if I really want soda, I will have it maybe a couple times a month, and just work a regular soda into my calories. I drink usually 2 sixteen ounce cups of coffee with sugar and evaporated milk, and for the rest of the day-water, water, water, water, water.
Though there are people who have strong views on artificial sweeteners I am happy to ingest Splenda (what's in Zero drinks). I'm not so keen on other artificial sweeteners as they have a stronger after taste and more chemically sensitive. But that my perspective only.
As for weight issues, none. I'd drink about 500mls a day (2cups) and it doesn't do anything except reduce my sugar intake. I still lose weight as long as my calories are controlled.
I would advice against consuming huge amounts of artificial sweeteners as this is where people get into serious trouble. But moderation is king!
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13 11/24/12 2:22 P
Does anybody do coke zero and how much and do you see where it slows or stops weight loss
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