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KICKINGKILOS Posts: 1,348
7/25/12 12:52 P

My blood group used to be diet coke. No matter how much I worked out.
.my weight would not drop.
I quit for 5 months dropped 5 kilos. Stayin in 1500 cslorie range.
ALSO it tastes very foul to me now.
I say give it a shot. Leave it for few weeks and see.

KICKINGKILOS Posts: 1,348
7/25/12 12:44 P

My blood group used to be diet coke. No matter how much I worked out.
.my weight would not drop.
I quit for 5 months dropped 5 kilos. Stayin in 1500 cslorie range.
ALSO it tastes very foul to me now.
I say give it a shot. Leave it for few weeks and see.

DEBHUT3 SparkPoints: (2,391)
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7/25/12 12:35 P

Thanks for all the ideas. I have found just in this week that I am not drinking as much because of the 8 glasses of water a day, but that does make me run to the bathroom more. I am taking that as a good sign. I just don't want to give it up completely, but will definitely do it in moderation. Currently, I am only drinking 12 ounces a day. I hope to be able to cut that back even more. By the way, it doesn't make me crave sweets, it kind of substitutes for them.
Thanks again everyone, this was a very helpful motivator.

MISSSCHRADES Posts: 5
7/25/12 11:44 A

I agree with some of the other posters. I have never lost weight while drinking Diet Coke. In fact, I am alarmed with how many people who are heavy specifically talk about their reliance on Diet Coke. For me, Diet Coke was a serious addiction; I would go out of the house at 9:00 PM to get one if I didn't have any available. There was never an option to just NOT drink Diet Coke with dinner or on a break from work, etc. I probably spent at least $3.00 a day on DC from the vending machine at work.

I stopped drinking DC all together about 2 weeks ago, and have not had a craving for sweets since then. I realize that my body must have just been aching for the sweets. I feel better, and my weight loss has begun.



DIDS70 Posts: 5,070
7/25/12 10:24 A

In my life,-even one can or glass is too much. I gave up pop ages ago.

AMPROSKE1 SparkPoints: (33,141)
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7/25/12 7:57 A

I used to be super addicted and would only drink diet soda. Never would drink water. I knew that wasn't healthy, but told myself that because they were zero calories, it was ok. I have read a lot too about all the controversy and how it could affect your body, and some of it makes sense to me that I don't want to drink it. Now, I only drink it once in a while. I drink water all day and I know that it is so much healthier for me.

THIRTEENREASONS SparkPoints: (36,046)
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7/25/12 12:37 A

Diet sodas (and artificial sweeteners in general) are still a somewhat controversial subject. Some people, consumers and doctors a like, will tell you that it's completely fine and doesn't affect you at all. Some will say they will cause cancer. Others will say it won't kill you, but it won't offer health benefits either.

In my opinion, I think that if you are a HEALTHY person that having a diet coke from time-to-time isn't going to do any damage to your weight loss progress or your overall health. Personally, I find that having a diet cola every couple days helps me keep my craving for sweets at bay.



Kind of going off what Prim said, I've done a lot of type 1 diabetes research for my major and found some interesting information about insulin resistance and artificial sweeteners. It probably won't be of interest to you unless if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetics in your family and/or are predisposed to developing diabetes yourself. My brother who is a type 1 diabetic has adverse affects to artificial sweeteners. He gets better blood glucose readings and insulin absorption when he sticks to real sugar.

There's also a lot of information about artificial sweeteners and heart health problems. Again, something you probably shouldn't worry about unless if you have something genetically that might put you at more risk to develop heart disease.

PRIM8PHD SparkPoints: (12,265)
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7/24/12 11:06 P

My training is in neuroscience and not metabolic physiology, but as near as I understand it, the problem with the artificial sweeteners in diet sodas and other non-caloric foods has less to do with the chemicals themselves, and more to do with your body's expectation when you deliver something sweet without calories to back it up. The most compelling theory that I've heard is that when you consume something sweet or food-like that isn't food on an empty stomach, your body still releases insulin, but instead of helping you store the glucose from your food, it lowers your baseline blood sugar. At best, this might make you hungry. At worst, and over time, it may lead to insulin resistance and pre-diabetic insulin deficiency.

What all this suggests to me, as a self-admitted diet coke addict, is that if you drink a diet drinks with food, you'll have less to worry about than if you're drinking diet drinks on an empty stomach. I've read quite a few inconclusive journal articles about the effects of various artificial sweeteners on brain function and other health indicators and there's just not any solid evidence that they're all that bad. However, given that it's not really food or a natural part of the diet that our bodies have evolved to consume, I'd still try to make it a once-in-awhile, and not an everyday thing, if only to encourage yourself to drink more water.

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (53,174)
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7/24/12 10:29 P

I would trust RD Becky's advice.

That is the same advice my RD gave me

JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 888
7/24/12 10:15 P

I've lost (and gained) weight while drinking diet soda. While I have cut back and do try to limit my intake (I also drink a lot of water, as well), it's pretty much my one big vice, so :P to those who say that I shouldn't have it. It works for me.

SHANNONMC6 SparkPoints: (5,642)
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7/24/12 10:15 P

I am (was) also a Diet Coke fan. Loved it! We always tell ourselves "everything in moderation" but that wasn't how I was having my DC. I think it was a replacement for water. I remember hearing a news story about how diet sodas were made with water, so they should also count as water. Then I read another story about how a woman died suddenly. They didn't really blame it on the DC, but apparently she drank A LOT.

I've been on SP for a week now. It's been about two weeks since I've had a DC. I sort of miss it...like an old friend. But I think the water does fill me up (and even though I'm drinking more water than I was DC, I'm not having to go to the bathroom as much! Go figure!) I think my face looks better also. Maybe the DC addiction wasn't as hard to kick as I thought it would be! Good luck!

KAPELAKIN Posts: 1,971
7/24/12 9:52 P

I'd suggest seeing if you can stop for about a month and see how not having it affects you. In the meantime, you could drink unsweetened iced tea instead if you miss the caffeine. Right now you might not think that it's leading to sugar/carb cravings, but it's hard to tell that definitively without seeing how you do without it. For me, diet drinks and fake sweeteners are a gateway to eating junky food. I quit them completely for several months, and now I do fine having a soda once a week or so (diet or regular). If you quit for a month, you might find that you don't love it so much when you try it again. The only ones that taste good to me now are diet 7-up, or full-sugar Mexican Coke or Fanta, which is just an occasional treat.

GOING4MUSCLE Posts: 5,223
7/24/12 9:03 P

If your drinking of the diet soda, prevents you from drinking the 8 glasses of water, we all should be drinking...then, yes, this CAN affect your progress. I have known people (my Husband for one) who drink LITERS of diet soda a day, rather than the water. In that quantity, I do not think it is good, at all.

I used to drink tons of diet soda (instead of any water) but it has, now, been over 3 years, and I have not had a single sip of one. Have zero craving, either, and I was drinking it for about your amount of time or longer. I never imagined I could ever go without that Pepsi burn to the throat...but I made it! emoticon

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,619
7/24/12 8:57 P

Do you feel that the sweet flavor of the diet soda, brings about cravings for sweet foods that are high in calories? If not, then there is no need to stop with the diet soda. Recommendations suggest no more than 32 ounces of diet drinks daily as a reasonable amount.

Hope this helps
Dietitian Becky

TACDGB Posts: 6,131
7/24/12 8:17 P

You will hear various opinions on this very subject. For some people drinking diet coke makes them eat more junk stuff. Does it do that for you......? It doesn't for me. I would personally get on the internet and do some research on the subject and form your own opinion. Many people are against it and some drink it in moderation.

DEBHUT3 SparkPoints: (2,391)
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7/24/12 7:25 P

I have been drinking diet coke for about 35 years and I love it. But I have been hearing about how bad it is for you and that if I really want to lose weight, I need to stop drinking it. Will drinking diet coke affect my progress toward meeting my goals?

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