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Diet Sodas- Is It Affecting My Weight Loss?

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  • ninerbuff
    ninerbuff Posts: 48,747 Member
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    Diet Soda is not good for you!
    You mean not good for YOU. I'm cool with it.
    It is full of chemicals!
    Name anything you eat or drink that isn't chemically bonded.
    Also it can make you gain weight.
    It can't "make" you gain weight. You do that from your own eating and calorie intake choices.

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  • MaryJane_8810002
    MaryJane_8810002 Posts: 2,082 Member
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    diet sodas made me want to eat more. Stopped drinking sods, sparkling water, or any carbonated beverages and I feel better. Definitely less gas and bloating.

    Edit : I drank soda like water...and I drank soda MORE than water.
  • babymaddux
    babymaddux Posts: 209 Member
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    i'm not sure how it affected my weight loss as i cut several things at once, but i do know that at my worst, i was drinking over 3 litres a day and my hair started falling out! i cut back on the diet coke, and my hair got happy again...
  • Mavrick_RN
    Mavrick_RN Posts: 439 Member
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    It'a probably all in my head but when I drink my usual amount of Diet Dr. Pepper (easily 2 L per day) I crave more high fat foods, burgers, fries, chips, bacon to name a few. When I'm limiting myself to one 20oz drink a day with meals I find it much easier to chose and enjoy turkey sandwiches and salads. And of course the weight falls off.
  • yankeefamily05
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    Diet sodas make me want more water. They make me hungry and thirsty. I gave up my soda habit YEARS ago and replaced it with just plain ol' water.

    As for it affecting weightloss, I really have no idea. I can tell that IF I still drank a ton of soda (not diet) I would probably be a lot worse off than I am now....

    Moderation.

    If you want a diet soda once a week, go for it. But as an everyday, all day drink. I wouldn't do it. WATER:)
  • jojohnson090
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    I'm just starting my weight-loss journey but my parents (about 10 years back) both decided to kick start they're diet/exercise regimen and have both lost TONS of weight, all while enjoying diet soda. They ONLY drink diet, but they both probably have a can a day (maybe somedays more, somedays none). Both have never had a problem with weight loss.
    Not an expert here, just sharing what I have seen.
  • mndamon
    mndamon Posts: 549 Member
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    Bottom line is diet soda is all about opinion. There is no absolute proof that it causes health issues or influences weight gain or weight loss. If you think it's affecting you then try dropping it, odds are something else is attached to the diet soda habit that may cause the change. I have never had any issues with diet coke I still enjoy it with meals, I just drink more water around the meals.
  • cebiginalaska
    cebiginalaska Posts: 280 Member
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    Caffeine doesn't cause fluid retention.

    "Evidence

    Lawrence Armstrong, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Physiology in the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Connecticut, sought out to explore the connection between caffeine and fluid retention. Through his research, Armstrong found that caffeinated beverages retain just as much fluid inside the body as drinking water. Male volunteers were split into one of three groups: pill containing no caffeine, caffeinated beverage or pill containing caffeine. The fluid electrolyte balance as well as kidney functions were observed and found no difference whether caffeine was taken in or not.
    Coffee and Diuresis

    According to Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D., at MayoClinic.com, caffeinated beverages may be able to hydrate you just as well as water. However, she notes that extremely high intake of coffee can lead to dehydration. An increase in urine output can occur if you consume more than 500 to 600 mg of coffee per day, about four to seven cups. "

    Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/489327-caffeine-water-retention/#ixzz2KNWB8cA7
  • watsonluann
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    good luck:flowerforyou:
  • mcbellnz
    mcbellnz Posts: 145 Member
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    Maybe, maybe not. You should try to cut down and see if it helps with your weight loss or not.

    I found that when I got really light (don't worry, I have porked it back on), I felt like diet drinks and artificial sweetners caused me to bloat and have stomach pains a lot. I cut them right down - like from having about 1L a day of coke zero or sprite zero, along with sucaryl in my hot drinks (maybe 5 to 10 tablets a day) to having no sweetners, and only one diet can of drink every two days. I felt much better in my tum tum with the reduced amount. I didn't change my diet at all apart from this, although I did cut back on cabbage too, in case that was adding to the problem.

    Some people have no problems, some people it really affects.
  • Mock_Turtle
    Mock_Turtle Posts: 354 Member
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    why are people so hesitant to do their own experiments?

    You should take your average calories consumed for the past month, eat the exact same calories for the next month but 100% cut the diet soda out.

    Then see what happens.

    Barring you feeling a lot better and thus working out more, I doubt there will be any real difference to your weight loss rate.
  • RobinV_Seattle
    RobinV_Seattle Posts: 191 Member
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    That's 40 miligrams per 8 ounces, not per bottle. So in a 20 oz bottle, that's actually 100 miligrams. The MAXIMUM recommended sodium for an adult is only 2,300 miligrams. Almost everything we eat naturally has sodium in it - let's not even get into processed food! - so, personally, I tend to avoid getting it through foods or beverages that have zero nutritional value. Who want's to retain water, lol?
    Water retention is needed for muscle repair. I want to retain water.

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    Well giddy up - if I "want" to retain water, I'll drink water, not a chemical concoction with no nutritional value. And yes, I know chemicals are unavoidable in water too, but I can use a Brita filter to cut back on it.

    I'm certainly not saying no on should EVER have a soda - diet or other wise - but, PERSONALLY, I think that if I'm making a real effort to live healthier, taking soda out of the equation is the logical place to start.
  • geebusuk
    geebusuk Posts: 3,348 Member
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    Barring you feeling a lot better and thus working out more, I doubt there will be any real difference to your weight loss rate.
    For me the lack of caffeine (I don't drink tea or coffee, so took a week to get over the addiction) and lack of fizzy stuff (which seems to fill me up) made it harder.
    I didn't feel 'better'.
    chemicals are unavoidable in water too, but I can use a Brita filter to cut back on it.
    Yes, because water IS a chemical. I wonder (ignoring the Co2 for the fizz) how tap water in some areas compares with something like coke for purity - as generally I expect coke uses small quantities of strong ingredients.

    For me, the logical place to start being healthier was to be doing more exercise.
    Cutting out something that I enjoy, but there's no decent evidence causes harm, less so.

    Also, FWIW, I totally ignore salt intake, probably over the RDA; but then the whole concept of a 'RDA' should be pretty silly to anyone serious about their health, to my mind.
  • mair123
    mair123 Posts: 50 Member
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    Diet Soda is not good for you!
    You mean not good for YOU. I'm cool with it.
    It is full of chemicals!
    Name anything you eat or drink that isn't chemically bonded.
    Also it can make you gain weight.
    It can't "make" you gain weight. You do that from your own eating and calorie intake choices.

    A.C.E. Certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer
    IDEA Fitness member
    Kickboxing Certified Instructor
    Been in fitness industry for 30 years and have studied kinesiology and nutrition

    I have seen your comments on other posts, but your responses here are definitely questionable. I can't believe that someone who works in health and nutrition would be an advocate for diet soda. Yes, the soda itself is ZERO calories, but for many of us, the ingredients in the ZERO calorie drink, TRIGGER PHYSICAL cravings for other sugar and carb loaded food. I am so happy to have stopped drinking it, almost a year ago and I KNOW that it has helped me make better choices and eating healthier overall.
  • geebusuk
    geebusuk Posts: 3,348 Member
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    but for many of us,
    For many people eating peanuts can be very dangerous. Some even fatal.
    Does that mean 'professionals' should never suggest eating peanuts/peanut butter on that basis?
  • SusanDoesIt
    SusanDoesIt Posts: 73 Member
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    I have to be honest...I didn't read all the replies.

    Clean eating/drinking is better for you. It can affect different people in different ways, using artificial sweeteners, but it can't be called "healthy".

    When you get to the point where your eating is under control, and you've made some much healthier changes to your diet, then start to cut back a bit. I've found small changes spaced out time-wise stick better....
  • grabella
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    I am also a diet soda person, though, I only drink 1-2 12oz cans a day. The diet soda is my "cheat" for the day, but I honestly think I'm quitting.

    The diet soda is definitely not good for you. My doctor says to keep off of it, and now my dentist is on my case. Apparently, my soda habit is ruining the enamel on my teeth.

    I googled it after my denitst told me that....and yep, it's true. I guess staying off the soda is not only good for your diet but also your teeth.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thomas-p-connelly-dds/diet-soda-teeth_b_922968.html
  • TrailRunner61
    TrailRunner61 Posts: 2,505 Member
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    Oh dear Lord, you're right, that is a LOT of soda. I doubt that it would keep you from losing weight since it's 'mostly calories in/calories out that works... but it does suck the calcium out of your bones, ruins your teeth and has sodium in it. You need an intervention! But, that's just my opinion. Maybe you can just cut back a little bit each week? That is if you want to! Good luck!
  • maytes4u
    maytes4u Posts: 13 Member
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    I have been on Atkins for 14 days as of today and only lost 2 or 3 pounds. I drink about 3 diet sodas a day. I also drink 1 splenda in the mornings with my decaf coffee. I have not cheated and think that the slow weight loss is due to diet soda Diet coke and diet dr. pepper. Any thoughts anyone?
  • eraser51
    eraser51 Posts: 63 Member
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    good question maytes.. maybe?

    I tried to cut it out for 4 days but the urge to drink again was HUGE... really HUGE :/

    I am more concerned about my teeth but my weight loss also came to a stop...

    even though I am way below my RMR/BMR

    the studies are more confusing than helping I guess
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