Diet Soda (for those who gave it up)

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  • thirtytwopostcards
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    I have given it up, apart from when I am out and drinking/having a meal. It was a bit hard giving it up at first as I was so used to the caffeine. After a week I felt much better though, and find I have a lot more energy now that I don't have such a reliance on caffeine. Now I'm not drinking it I don't crave it any more.

    What helped me was having a big bottle of water with me at all times. This stopped me needing to buy drinks when I was out/at work etc. and so there wasn't the temptation to buy diet coke. I would definitely recommend trying to avoid diet drinks. I feel so much better and have more money now I'm not buying diet coke everyday.
  • mollymom07
    mollymom07 Posts: 91 Member
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    Right then! That's my challenge, I am going to give up diet pop (I have a few cans left which I can drink today) I will measure myself and then measure myself before I go on hols! (5wks time).... see if I lose inches! :)
  • Sneakypeek1972
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    I have not given up my diet coke, and doubt i will, i still have a small glass a day usually half a can, save the other half for next day etc i dont see any harm in it seeing as it counts as only 1 kcal :), im still having problems upping my water intake even if i pop a lil bit diluted juice in ive gone from drinking no water to maybe 5 cups a day now and thats hard enough i gag when i drink it :( hope it gets better lol
  • CassieReannan
    CassieReannan Posts: 1,479 Member
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    I drank pepsi max, it made me gain weight from water.
  • beachgal91
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    I used to drink Diet Coke every night with dinner, sometimes twice a day. I was having panic attacks and feeling shaky, so I cut it out of my diet completely (Now I just drink water, tea, and occasionally some fruit juice) and feel SO much better. IEvery once in a while I'll find myself craving soda again, but if I give in now it just makes me feel ill.
  • mejustsmaller316
    mejustsmaller316 Posts: 134 Member
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    I used to drink diet soda daily. Now I only drink it when I'm at a restaurant or on rear occasions. I got headaches when I gave it up, like for two or three days after. Now I'm fine. Never had head aches when I was drinking them. I just wanted to drink more water and less chemicals. I try to limit caffeine too.
  • MyLivelyBones
    MyLivelyBones Posts: 3 Member
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    I've been a yo-yo dieter for years, and every time I get off the diet boat and back to my old bad eating habits, the first thing I grab is a diet soda. I crave the sugary sweet syrup taste. I ultimately 'gave it up' for the health benefits. I will occasionally have one, just because I can't bring myself to drink a regular with all those calories per can, but the minute I do I feel guilt.
  • wftiger
    wftiger Posts: 1,283 Member
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    It doesn't affect my eating or habits at all. I don't drink it anymore mainly because of the caffeine and not being able to sleep. But it didn't make me crave anything.

    That and with my addiction to heavy metal music I was bound to do something truly evil one of these days since both are vilified so bad. I kept the tunes since that bothers Tipper more.
  • lyttlewon
    lyttlewon Posts: 1,118 Member
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    My tolerence for sweet things has reduced. I don't like super sweet flavors anymore. I had one for the first time in 3 months the other day and it was grossly sweet. I guess my cravings for things like ice cream seem to be gone too but I hadn't really thought about it much until now.
  • emmymae22
    emmymae22 Posts: 206
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    I have recently given up diet soda...I don't think I've had one in 3 or 4 months now...I still miss it sometimes... I replaced it with unsweetened tea, and I think the caffeine I get from that has helped me not have deprivation symptoms.
  • SerinaK
    SerinaK Posts: 87
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    I gave up diet pop 5 years ago. I used to get headaches all the time and feel bloated. When I stopped drinking it, I had really bad headaches for about 3 days and ever since then I haven't had one, lost 8 pounds and feel a lot better.
  • Sunscreenandsweat
    Sunscreenandsweat Posts: 190 Member
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    My cravings totally got better I eat much less, I don't feel as sick to my stomach as I used to, I haven't had a headache in a while and I drank some after going without for 3 months and it tasted so bad, made my stomach hurt and I realized I'm not addicted anymore because I didn't immediately want another one. Aspartame makes your memory bad and leads to weight gain, dehydration and food cravings so I would avoid soda unless its Zevia Cola.
  • katiebaby74
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    I had severe body aches which all stopped when I stopped drinking diet soda, now i wouldn't touch it for anything. I had no idea how unwell I felt till I stopped drinking it.
  • liog
    liog Posts: 347 Member
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    I feel really good. I have found that my sugar/sweets cravings are pretty much gone. I don't miss it.
  • jlebert716
    jlebert716 Posts: 92 Member
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    I gave it up, mostly because I was trying to cut down on aspartame. I didnt have any headaches or anything. I still have one on occasion (mostly when I am hungover haha)
  • tethomas73
    tethomas73 Posts: 249 Member
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    I was a diet coke crack head.. Had to have it morning, noon, and night. I went cold turkey about 5 months ago and I can really see the difference. For the first 2 weeks I had really bad headache but not any more. I also gave up juice and coffee. Now I drink green tea and lots of water..
  • Alex_is_Hawks
    Alex_is_Hawks Posts: 3,499 Member
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    I gave it all up cold turkey, pop, coffee, caffeine, chocolate. ALL of it.

    I don't really miss any of it, except chocolate and I have had an odd piece of that here and there, but now i find it really super sweet and i can't have very much without feeling sick.

    am i happy with these results? yes!

    I do admit i "remember" the cool taste of a pop from before I gave it up and I do think "oh that would be SO nice to have...a pop with ice cubes and a straw" but honestly every time I've had a taste, the carbonation feels like it's cutting my throat up with glass.

    So water with ice cubes it is for me!! Better for me anyways.

    I still have headaches, but i'm a migraine sufferer, even without the pop/caffeine, it's just my genetic blessing.

    but they are less often and less severe.

    I'd like to say I will never go back to pop, but quite frankly i'm one of those "never say never" people, but at this juncture in my life, I will say that in my life path right now, I can see that i will never go back to pop.

    L
  • auntiebabs
    auntiebabs Posts: 1,754 Member
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    Drank diet soda since I was 10 or 11, back in the days of TAB.
    I'd tried several times to give it up,but wasn't successful until I replaced it with coffee.
    The caffeine wasn't as much of an issue for me as the chemicals.

    Soda some how stressed me in a way that coffee does not.
    I feel much better, less stressed.
    I've also recently read articles about coffee's health benefits... mood enhancer, anti oxidants,etc.
    So I've got two factors going here.

    I on very rare occasions have a soda, but find it really increases my appetite. So if I want to keep in my calorie range, it's best for me to avoid it.

    Seeing my Mom is what motivated me to give it up. She's been a big time diet soda drinker as long as I can remember.
    She'd been plagued with migraines her whole life. And now she is literally crippled with osteoporosis and has had chronic pain issues for years.

    It's not scientific proof, it's just one story, which I happened to witness.
    If diet soda is the root of these evils and I give it up hopefully I can save some suffering.
    If diet soda is completely benign and I give it up what harm have I done? Not like it's supplying any vital nutrients.
  • BigBrewski
    BigBrewski Posts: 922 Member
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    i never had headaches and i was a 4 to 8 coke zero a day man. I did cold turkey for about 3 weeks and i felt better however it could have just been the cardio i was doing. also at the time my now ex gf was anti carbonation so it was a lot of ice tea. now i have maybe one can every other day but i am working on cutting back again because i find when i drink a soda i crave a snack with it so if i am not having a snack i go with water.
  • Suz_w8loss
    Suz_w8loss Posts: 197 Member
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    I have not had any kind of soda in 5 months. I now only drink water, almond milk & coffee. I did try a sip of my hubbys diet coke last month at a friends wedding and it did not taste good. Weird because I used to drink at least 2 bottles of Diet Coke a day. I do not miss it & I have actually saved some $ from not having to buy cases of it at the grocery store. Now hubby wants it, he has to buy it himself LOL !