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AIREEULL SparkPoints: (7,128)
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3/23/13 6:36 P

i think it depends on the person and how their body handles different foods and drinks. i drink diet soda daily and i am still loosing weight. i think that studies have been shown that diet soda will increase cravings for sweets. that may be true but it's all about how you handle the craving.

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3/23/13 4:45 P

DOUGLYE ..................... DEFINITELY CHEVY emoticon emoticon

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3/23/13 1:48 P

Until about 3 weeks ago I was having 3 - 4 diet sodas per day. Terrible, I know!! One day I just decided not to buy that 12 pk at the grocery store, and quit cold turkey. The biggest difference I feel is that I feel more in control of my cravings. I still have trouble making myself drink plain water, so I have swapped it for green tea and hot water with lemon (I am in Alaska, so hot drinks are perfect!). Did anyone else have the experience of improved cravings when stopping diet soda?

DOUGLYE Posts: 1,541
3/23/13 12:59 P

I think this topic is a bit like all those other polar opposite groups.
Hatfield's and McCoy's
Mac vs PC
Ford vs Chevy
dare I say Republican vs Democrat
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There are studies that declare the evils of diet pop. There are also studies that say too much water and too much oxygen are bad for you (really . . . there are).

I like diet pop . . . in moderation, and not every day.
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3/23/13 12:48 P

I was addicted to diet soda too. Now I might have one if I go to town (we live in a rural area) which isn't very often. It made a big difference for me, to get them out of the house.

WHITNEY0089 SparkPoints: (9,537)
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3/23/13 12:20 P

I've never liked the taste of diet soda so it was always easy for me to avoid. I just always thought it was bitter and not a worthwhile replacement for regular. I would assume drink anything else really. When I was younger I was forced to give up caffeine for health purposes and the first few weeks were honestly REALLY tough kicking the habit of regular soda. Water actually turned my stomach. But after getting used to drinking nothing much but water for the last 5 years or so nothing else seems "refreshing" anymore. I occasionally have a sweet tea or part of a root beer on special occasions but I can never finish them but they just seem SO sweet. I think once you're able to get through the initial giving it up phase it get's a lot easier and your tastes change, at least mine did :)

TASHAMC14 SparkPoints: (3,754)
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3/23/13 11:23 A

All I would drink was diet pop. I totally quit drinking pop and now only drink water and once in a while Snapple Diet Tea. I also drink non carbonated flavored water.

SCRAPBECCA Posts: 3,657
3/22/13 7:34 P

I was addicted to diet soda. I only drink water now

ANARIE Posts: 13,205
3/22/13 7:12 P

" I know they say it makes you gain weight"

Yes, "they" say that, but "they" are talking out their elbows. There's no real evidence. There have been studies finding that people who drink diet sodas tend to weigh more than people who don't drink soda at all, but the scientists who did those studies made it VERY clear that they can't tell whether it's because diet soda makes you gain weight, or because gaining weight makes you switch to diet soda! They also suspect that people who drink a lot of soda have other unhealthy habits.

I drank a lot of diet soda before and during my weight loss. Like you, I felt that it helped me resist cravings for sweets. Since then, I've quit for a year or more at a time because I didn't want to spend the money. I find that for me, it makes NO difference.

Colas (regular or diet) are definitely bad for your teeth, and for your pocketbook. Those might be good enough reasons to quit. But if you think diet sodas help you, then ignore Bob Harper. He's a "trainer" with no medical or research background; what he says is just an opinion, no better than your own opinion. He seems like a very nice guy, but he doesn't know you, you don't know him, and there's no reason you should trust him more than yourself.

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3/22/13 6:46 P

It sounds to me like you have inadvertently swapped diet soda for another drink with calories, or food!


DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
3/22/13 1:28 P

I don't touch diet soda, regular soda. Too many chemicals.

3/22/13 12:26 P

I agree with the PP - there must be an alternative reason for your stalled weight loss. Diet soda is totally gross - I would stay away. It makes me totally anxious and jittery - totally not worth it.

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3/22/13 12:06 P

Did you replace the diet drinks with other drinks that do have calories? If so, that's quite possibly the culprit. If not (or if you're counting calories and haven't increased them since before giving up the diet soda), it's probably just a coincidence. There are tons of reasons why someone might stop losing weight.

I was a diet Coke fiend when I was younger, but gave it up more or less by accident at one point, and then noticed when I started drinking it again that it had a dramatic and almost immediate effect on my mood (for the worse). I already have depression, so that was the last thing I needed. I've barely touched aspartame since and avoid all other artificial sweeteners as much as is practical as well -- I just don't trust them. The stuff about how they affect metabolism and sweet cravings may or may not be true, I have no idea.

Nowadays I can't even stand the taste, even "natural" stuff like stevia.

LOTUS737 Posts: 4,665
3/22/13 10:43 A

I didn't mind diet drinks when I was younger- I have since developed a seemingly severe aversion to artificial sugars so I avoid them like the plague. Research shows they are pretty much terrible for you because your body doesn't quite know how to metabolize them. I say stay away from artificial sweeteners and have the real thing in smaller quantities- or mix up your own. For example the hubby loves unsweetened flavored carbonated water, which is great, but I think it's bitter and disgusting. On the rare occasion I want 'pop' I will make a small amount of simple syrup flavored with ginger and/or lime and add a bit to the carbonated water- much less sugar & fewer calories than regular pop and honestly tastier :)

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3/22/13 10:30 A

Nearly two months ago I was trying Bob Harper's Skinny Rules. One big No-no is diet soda/drinks and artificial sweeteners in general. Now, I have tried to give up my Diet Coke before to no avail. But when I started Bob's diet, I stopped drinking my one bottle of Diet Coke per day and I haven't had one since (or any other diet drink with articificial sweeteners). I tried it one day, but didn't like the way it makes me feel. So, that is all good as I really don't even had a desire for it again, but I feel like since stopping I haven't been able to lose weight. I used to drink it to satisfy a sweet craving and I know they say it makes you gain weight, but I'm just curious if anyone else has thoughts on diet drinks.

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