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YOJULEZ
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2/4/13 11:48 A

I never did. In fact I'm drinking my morning Diet Coke right now :) That being said, I did cut down to just one per day, with the occasional second one if I'm out to eat for lunch. Not because it really had any negative affect on my weight loss though... more because I do worry about the chemicals that are in it and I'd like to keep my consumption to a minimum. Plus I am very vain about my teeth and I don't like them to be not white, and the dyes or whatever in soda can stain them (just like coffee and tea). I am also sure to get in plenty of water throughout the rest of the day.

But, if you're finding that the diet coke causes you to crave other sweets, like others have mentioned, then it might be worth evaluating whether or not you should eliminate it. I personally do not have that problem.



GLORYINHIM29X11
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2/4/13 11:34 A

Here's my theory, I feel that every time I had a very sweet diet drink that although it didn't have any calories I would crave more and more sweet tasting things and it would cause me to eat more. So I gave them up, besides they are terrible for teeth and who knows what aspartame will do to a body in the long run. I don't trust it. I now drink La Croix, it's just naturally flavored carbonated water, with a little true lemon packet added to it, it's refreshing and natural.



EBETHET
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2/4/13 11:29 A

I never drank diet drinks until I started to seriously lose weight. Theyhelped me reduce my hunger and drink more liquids. Now I don't drink them often at all. If you want to stop drinking diet sodas, you don't have to stop them all at once. Just reduce your intake by a drink a week. After that reduce it more. The less you drink, the less you will want to drink. Find a healthier substitute that you enjoy. If you feel deprived, it will do more harm than good in the long run.

Edited by: EBETHET at: 2/4/2013 (11:30)


SOCCERTAZ
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2/4/13 11:14 A

I have almost completely given up Dr Pepper after drinking a few cans a day because it would help me get through the day. The only time I drink it now is if we go out to eat and some on the weekend. Usually just a sip from my husband. I find that working out in the morning helps me get through the day. It just gives me energy that I never had. It helps me stay alert and awake.

Find something else that would help you get through the day. IF you can work out in the morning, then try that. Also, after I work out, I cannot stand having soda.

In short, having a little bit each week is not horrible as long as you add it to your tracker and drink a lot of water.



KRISTEN_SAYS
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2/4/13 10:53 A

You don't have to, but do some research on diet soda and make the decision for yourself. I've never been a soda drinker so I can't relate to you and your love for diet coke, but personally, I would give it up.



COTTERR
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2/4/13 10:36 A

It contains Splenda, which was originally invented as an insecticide. I saw yes. If you have any splenda laying around, it works great in the spring to keep ants out of the hopuse.



NIKKIKERN12
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2/4/13 10:35 A

I'm in the same boat, love my diet coke!! Honestly, when I first started SP I only allowed myself to have one on Saturdays and I lost most of my weight then. Since then I have let them creep back into my daily life and for a while I stalled out on weight loss. I actually have just recently gained some weight back so I'm going to go back to one a week and see how my weight progresses. Good luck!



DIDS70
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2/4/13 9:33 A

i would say yes. Why do you want to pump your body full of crap? I got off the diet coke and any soda over 10 years ago. Can't say I miss it. In fact the smell of it makes me super ill.



MEMAKEOVER
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2/4/13 8:50 A

I struggle with this, too. Diet Coke is my crutch in the morning and, until recently, the drink I consumed the most of during the day.

In the past, I've given it up altogether for periods of time and didn't see any real significant change in my weight or weight loss. I know all the studies say the artificial sweeteners make people crave sugar and lead to overeating, but I'm not ready to ban Diet Coke from my diet...not yet anyway. In the last couple of weeks, I've been drinking less of it during the day, though.

I do start my day with a Diet Coke, but switch to water for the rest of the day (while I'm at work). Then, I let myself have another one at night (or Crystal Light) with dinner. It's been a good compromise for me and something I can maintain. I don't feel deprived (or cranky without my caffeine).



SOLYHICO
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2/4/13 8:49 A

not if you don't want to



GRAMCRACKER46
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2/4/13 8:43 A

That's a question you have to ask yourself. I have almost eliminated it. Occasionally I will have one if eating out but we do not keep it in the house. I brew a pot of green tea and save it for iced tea.

Are you in Egypt in your picture?



CBLENS
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2/4/13 8:34 A

Diet Coke is my morning vice, do I have to give it up?



 
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