Mostly I drink just plain water. But I have coffee every morning, and occasionally a diet Pepsi or an unsweet tea. And I count them. Like Becky said, they all count-- although there are recommended limits on various beverages, for various reasons (caffeine, etc).
One of the best things I've done, is gotten used to drinking just plain water-- it's readily available and if you get used to it out of the tap, it's cheap. Sometimes I think those "if you drink a diet Coke you have to drink an extra water" plans, just are trying to discourage people from drinking the diet Coke in the first place.
You will find here on SP that there are a variety of opinions on just about everything; and that is just what they are-- opinions. I try to find a Spark article on a topic, when I'm not sure. And overall, I try to take a "middle of the road" approach, rather than one extreme or another. When you're first starting out, it is a lot easier (and recommended!) to just pick 3 or 4 things to try to do, rather than trying to do everything all at once. So for now, it may be enough to just track how much and what kind of fluids you're drinking-- and then take a look at boosting your intake of plain water.
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When I started the diet merry-go-round the first time, I was on eDiets (which no longer exists in the form I used - it was a lot more like SP back then). Our rule was that diet sodas didn't count - as a matter of fact, you had to add extra water for every caffeinated beverage you drink.
So let's say you were supposed to drink 64 oz a day. And then you had a 12 oz dietCoke at lunch. Now you'd need to have 76 oz of water to be on plan.
SP isn't so rigid and I like it better this way. I don't count anything as water that doesn't come out of the faucet (I add electrolyte tabs twice a day based on a doc's recommendation), but I also don't drink extra water to "make up" for caffeinated drinks. I know other people who LOVE that way though - it keeps them from going overboard on less healthy options like dietCoke if they know they have to drink a bunch more water.
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Well, thank you for the responses! I don't drink that much diet coke, maybe 12 oz at a meal but not at every meal and not every day either. I used to drink a 2 L bottle of D.C. daily and then some, but have replaced it almost completely with water or Crystal light ( and before anyone suggests tea let me just say - blah gross. I drink the occasional cup of coffee, not decaf. So, thanks again for the help.
Just to correct some misinformation on this thread...
Yes, you can use diet drinks and they do provide fluid for the body as does water. So does milk, juice, coffee, tea, etc...But each category has an upper limit regarding overall health. For diet drinks, it is no more than 32 ounces daily. This article gives all the amounts:
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There are no substitutes for water. From a health perspective, soda is one of the worst drinks of all due to the fact there are no health benefits derived from it. It is the liquid equivalent of junk food.
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Thank you for the info. I couldn't find it in the fyi section though, mayb e I should look again LOL
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Yes, you can count it. Dietician Becky Hand recommends a limit on them, but it is considered fluid intake. I personally don't... I only count actual water, because if I counted other stuff, I would never get enough water! It's not a substitute for water (it can include caffeine and other artificial additives you should be overdosing on), but it's an acceptable fluid booster, and whether or not you track it in your water tracker is up to you.
I would not count Diet Coke as water. I count water, water flavored with Crystal Light, sometimes Powerade Zero type drinks and sometimes my tea. I don't count Diet Soda or my occaisional Rock Star or energy drink. I also would not count juice or milk or anything highly caloric (I don't drink those things often). But that's just me. I don't think 8 Diet Cokes = 8 glasses of water for the intake, so I wouldn't count it at all. I think there's an FAQ on this as well, if you want to look there.
Edited by: JENMC14 at: 12/3/2012 (14:50)
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Hi, my name is Liz and today is my first day in Sparkpeople. I have a question. May I add diet coke as part of my amount of water consumed daily? Or is is 'in addistion' to the water? Thansk for any info. :)
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