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Monster Drinks or Diet Soda

Schila64Schila64 Member, Premium Posts: 239 Member Member, Premium Posts: 239 Member
If you had to get rid of one , which one is the least harmful ? I’ve been drinking at least one diet soda per day . I need to stop and thinking that if I need that fizz I would go for a monster drink . Your thoughts!
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  • sarah7591sarah7591 Member Posts: 129 Member Member Posts: 129 Member
    I would get rid of the monster drink....don't they have a lot of caffeine? I drink one diet soda a day as well....i want to stop but are they really that bad? Have you tried the flavored waters that are fizzy?
  • steveko89steveko89 Member Posts: 1,954 Member Member Posts: 1,954 Member
    I'm of the opinion that if you're picking one, diet soda is probably better than an energy drink habit, largely due to the possibility of heart-related complications that can come from overdoing energy drinks and the non-caffeine stimulants they contain. I say this even as a near-daily sugar free red bull drinker.

    Overall, there's some recent evidence that suggests liver problems can come from artificial sweetener use so you're best bet is likely neither altogether. If you want something fizzy try some sparkling water. Even flavored I don't think they're nearly as good but probably the best alternative.
  • HotelsmaHotelsma Member Posts: 356 Member Member Posts: 356 Member
    Schila64 wrote: »
    If you had to get rid of one , which one is the least harmful ? I’ve been drinking at least one diet soda per day . I need to stop and thinking that if I need that fizz I would go for a monster drink . Your thoughts!

    @Schila64 i was a fizzy drink addict. Lived off Diet Cokes. My bro drinks sparking water and I tried it. After feeling sick drinking it I now love it and have replaced sodas with it. It gives you that hit. Try it
    edited April 26
  • penguinmama87penguinmama87 Member, Premium Posts: 420 Member Member, Premium Posts: 420 Member
    I'd probably drop the energy drinks first. I still drink diet soda every now and then, but to me, one of those isn't that much different than a cup of coffee with sweetener. For some reason, I have a huge block in my mind about drinking coffee anytime after noon. It just doesn't seem right, for some reason.

    I also think that energy drinks taste awful, so that likely influences my decision. :smiley:

    It depends too on what the drink is doing for you - I associate a diet soda with the break after lunch when my kids (in theory) are napping or having quiet time. I can sit down and have a few minutes to myself to chill out. I could swap out something else if I wanted to, and have in the past with iced tea or similar. If I felt like I had to have it, or a bunch of them, in order to function or make it through the day, it would probably mean I wasn't getting enough sleep or something else was wrong, and I would try to adjust that instead.
  • janejellyrolljanejellyroll Member, Premium Posts: 25,496 Member Member, Premium Posts: 25,496 Member
    I tend to dislike the taste of energy drinks, so for me it's a no-brainer. I'll have the diet soda.
  • Schila64Schila64 Member, Premium Posts: 239 Member Member, Premium Posts: 239 Member
    sarah7591 wrote: »
    I would get rid of the monster drink....don't they have a lot of caffeine? I drink one diet soda a day as well....i want to stop but are they really that bad? Have you tried the flavored waters that are fizzy?
    The only reason why I want yo stop the diet soda is because they are the definitely the cause of cellulite .
  • steveko89steveko89 Member Posts: 1,954 Member Member Posts: 1,954 Member
    Schila64 wrote: »
    sarah7591 wrote: »
    I would get rid of the monster drink....don't they have a lot of caffeine? I drink one diet soda a day as well....i want to stop but are they really that bad? Have you tried the flavored waters that are fizzy?
    The only reason why I want yo stop the diet soda is because they are the definitely the cause of cellulite .

    Source? I know I didn't include a link to my claim about liver disease but this seems a little more anecdotal and outlandish.

    link to study on AS consumption and liver damage: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7257251/
    edited April 26
  • Theoldguy1Theoldguy1 Member Posts: 1,814 Member Member Posts: 1,814 Member
    Ditch the energy drinks yesterday.
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 19,849 Member Member, Premium Posts: 19,849 Member
    Schila64 wrote: »
    sarah7591 wrote: »
    I would get rid of the monster drink....don't they have a lot of caffeine? I drink one diet soda a day as well....i want to stop but are they really that bad? Have you tried the flavored waters that are fizzy?
    The only reason why I want yo stop the diet soda is because they are the definitely the cause of cellulite .

    That's a new one. I wonder how I got cellulite, then? I almost never drink soda (maybe once or twice a year?) and never drink diet soda (tastes yuck, IMO, regardless of which sweetener, on top of the not-so-tasty soda flavors in the first place).

    I figured I got cellulite because I was female, plus genetics. There's been less with weight loss, and more muscle, but I think there's still some on body parts I don't look at very often, because they're behind me.
  • mrmota70mrmota70 Member, Premium Posts: 70 Member Member, Premium Posts: 70 Member
    Id say drop those both... If you still need to keep one do the diet coke.. keep it to your one a day... thats not a horrible thing to do.. I have dropped all soft drinks for almost 1 1/2 years...... 2 cups of coffee in the AM and 80-100oz of just water a day. I do these for the fizz and they actually are pretty tasty and add some vodka or tequila and have a nice adult drink(4 oz of either has been the right mix for me)... https://www.drinkbai.com/bai-bubbles It has a little caffeine, but cals is minimal and less than 10 carbs per. Don't fall for the whole antioxidant thing they claim. For me its just a good substitute to satiate the fizz craving. I do one of these every few days... not a daily thing...
    edited April 26
  • Beverly2HansenBeverly2Hansen Member Posts: 195 Member Member Posts: 195 Member
    Err, honestly I just switched to 0-10calorie energy drinks because when I drop them I get tired and over eat. With that in mind I'd give up the diet soda. Or I'd switch to 5hr energy shots and quit both.
  • psychod787psychod787 Member, Premium Posts: 3,979 Member Member, Premium Posts: 3,979 Member
    Is it only Monster? Cause Bangs are pretty damn good. I would choose to give up Monsters.
  • Speakeasy76Speakeasy76 Member Posts: 543 Member Member Posts: 543 Member
    Err, honestly I just switched to 0-10calorie energy drinks because when I drop them I get tired and over eat. With that in mind I'd give up the diet soda. Or I'd switch to 5hr energy shots and quit both.

    I second this as someone who NEVER thought I'd be able to function without my morning AND afternoon coffee. I loved my coffee, and my once-a-week Starbucks.

    I'm on an elimination diet for food sensitivities, and those first few days were BAD. I was actually quite upset about having to give up coffee. However, 3 weeks in I really do have a lot more energy, and it's lot more steady without those energy dips that caffeine can help create. I never thought I"d actually admit to that, either. Once I'm allowed to have coffee again, I know I am definitely cutting back, maybe switch to decaf or not make it a daily habit anymore.
  • Schila64Schila64 Member, Premium Posts: 239 Member Member, Premium Posts: 239 Member
    mrmota70 wrote: »
    Id say drop those both... If you still need to keep one do the diet coke.. keep it to your one a day... thats not a horrible thing to do.. I have dropped all soft drinks for almost 1 1/2 years...... 2 cups of coffee in the AM and 80-100oz of just water a day. I do these for the fizz and they actually are pretty tasty and add some vodka or tequila and have a nice adult drink(4 oz of either has been the right mix for me)... https://www.drinkbai.com/bai-bubbles It has a little caffeine, but cals is minimal and less than 10 carbs per. Don't fall for the whole antioxidant thing they claim. For me its just a good substitute to satiate the fizz craving. I do one of these every few days... not a daily thing...
    Thank you !

  • Schila64Schila64 Member, Premium Posts: 239 Member Member, Premium Posts: 239 Member

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    Source? I know I didn't include a link to my claim about liver disease but this seems a little more anecdotal and outlandish.
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    I don't have a source. I can only speak from personal experience. Back in 2017 I decided to get very strict about what I ate. Besides working out, I was eating healthy, nutritious food. Stayed away from processed ones. One of the things I did, was cut cold turkey diet sodas. Well I got great results and my cellulite just disappear. That was then. 2020 Covid brought a lot of bad habits back. One is the Diet Coke and diet dr. pepper, and of course the cellulite. Probably the fading of the cellulite was a combination of a lot of things. That is why I believe that Diet Sodas are a huge factor when it comes to cellulite.
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