Aspartame stalls many people's weight loss, and real water doesn't. If it is not an issue for you, then drink up the Crystal Light, but for some people, they can't consume it, and lose any weight. So it varies by the individual.
Also, if you actually drank water for 3-4 weeks and nothing else, you would love the taste of water, and drink plenty of it. That is a scientific fact. We adapt. The reason we don't adapt is that we never give ourselves a chance to. We keep consuming sweet things, that mess up our taste buds. Within a month, our habits can change.
Lastly, the lack of evidence that aspartame is harmful is not quite the same as proof that it is NOT harmful.
Clark - probably both helped. If I drink one Diet Coke, I get cravings, and weight loss stops, even if I don't eat any extra calories. Eating less junk food obviously helps too, both in reducing calories, and eliminating cravings. The second is much better researched, since we have studied it longer, but many people have noticed the reduction in cravings, when they stopped consuming aspartame too. It varies by the individual though, and for some people aspartame/Crystal Light, are not a problem .. yet. lol. Sorry, had to add that in.
Russell - current BMI 28.6
197 - bmi 30 - done
164 - bmi-25
| current weight: 183.4