I had this problem with Pepsi. I drank about 6 liters a day, even after being diagnosed with diabetes. I was also eating a pint of Ben & Jerry's daily, and 2-3 snacks every night. So when I tried to wean myself off of pop, I would have some ice cream or sweets, and then I would want pop. Anything that spiked my blood sugar caused this.
So I went on Atkins 4.5 years ago, and not only cut out pop, but have also been off meds for diabetes for 3.5 of those years, and lost 170 lbs, all while not having any cravings ( unless I cheat ).
When you eat foods that spike the blood sugar, Insulin is released to drop it back down. If the glucose created is large, then the Insulin release to remove it from the bloodstream is also large. This causes the blood sugar to drop quickly, and you feel tired, and run down. Over time, you have turned to high glycemic foods ( sugar being highest ), and it bumps the glucose levels back up, and makes you feel better. So pop is causing the lower blood sugars, and lethargic feelings, but also raises them, and you feel better temporarily.
People who have this happening usually eat high carb, and will feel cravings even 2 hours after a meal. The Insulin did it's job, and removed the glucose from the bloodstream, storing some as glycogen, but most as bodyfat. So pop is causing you to build up bodyfat also, as you drink, feel tired, get hungry/thirsty, and drink more calories, or eat more food.
You feel crabby, tired, and maybe your joints ache, and are constantly hungry. Pop only gives you energy temporarily.
You need some food that digests slower, allowing some food to be used now (carbs ), and others to be used in 2,4,or 6 hours, as they get digested ( fat/protein ).
I quit pop cold turkey, and in about 3-4 weeks, all cravings were gone. I follow low carb/Atkins, because what I craved was the sugar in the Pepsi. So eating sugary foods still causes me to want a pop. Now I get most of my carbs from vegetables.
If you think you are addicted to pop/sugar, then the idea of moderation is silly. It is one thing if the food you eat is not that healthy, so you choose to limit it. Then moderation is a good thing. However, if one serving causes you to drink/eat more, then moderation is just lying to yourself. You know that one serving, will lead to many more, so moderation is impossible.
The term moderation implies that you have control of when you can stop. If you stop when the 2-liter is empty, then you do not have control.
Read up on low glycemic, and low carb diets, and see if eating low glycemic carbs is enough, cutting out sugar, and processed foods, as well as maybe bread, and pasta. If that doesn't work, then you might want to try low carb. You may find that you can eat quite a bit of carbs, as long as you eat healthier forms of them. This keeps blood sugars stable, allows you to eat the right amount, and lose weight steadily, with no hunger/cravings.
Hope you regain control. Good Luck!
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