Diet Pop. To drink or not to drink it?

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Lydia Kleyn

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Posted: 24 Feb 2010, 19:41
I was just wondering what other peoples take on diet pop is, Ive never drank a whole lot of it, but I do love the stuff and try and limit it to only 1 to 2 cans a week.
You just hear so many different opinions on it that it's bad for you or worse than regular pop, but it's not something I want to give up all together, and I figure it has 0 calories.
Do some of you still drink it, or have some of you given all of it up??

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Posted: 24 Feb 2010, 19:52
I'm a bad girl I guess because I love my pop and drink 2 cans a day but I do drink about 40 oz of water a day too. I guess there could be worse things.

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Posted: 24 Feb 2010, 19:58
For me, it's not so much about the 0 calorie, but mostly about all the chemicals in there... I don"t wanna put all that in my body anymore ><

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Posted: 24 Feb 2010, 20:30
I really cant handle the artifical sugars but I have heard in the latest studies if you drink them on a regular basis you could start gaining weight. I am not sure of the scientific take on this but remember anything in excess is not good for your body.

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Posted: 24 Feb 2010, 20:48
It also causes gas and bloating, so its not an option if you're aiming to keep a flat or unbloated tummy for show.

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Posted: 25 Feb 2010, 22:26
It's a marketing dream - we are all willing to pay several times the production cost for brown, gassy, sweet tasting water. It has artificial sweeteners that may or may not harm you in the long haul. It erodes the enamel of your teeth and it makes you burp.

Plain cold water with a squirt of lemon juice works for me.

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Posted: 26 Feb 2010, 05:21
I am happy to say I love the stuff!! When I am at work (4 days) I drink a can each time!! It gives me a boost and makes me feel full!!

Yes I know this it is bad for me on every level possible but I like it and that is that. If you like it drink it Smile

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Posted: 26 Feb 2010, 08:16
I disagree with if you like it drink it- only because if it was me, I like ALL KINDS of things that made me fat, would have eventually given me diabetes, heart disease, etc.

I'm more of the opinion that nothing is worth risking your health. There's debate about whether or not artificial sweeteners are harmful to you, but that uncertainty is enough for me to not chance it. I'd rather have water or iced tea. Club soda occasionally.
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Posted: 26 Feb 2010, 08:34
I really don't get involved in the scientific stuff, and I love my splenda (I'll fight ya for it!) - for me, I avoid diet soda because a) i never drank soda, diet or otherwise and b) when i do drink it, i tend to wake up bloated the next morning. That said, I think you can make your own decisions... pay attention to your body. If it's doing things to you you don't enjoy (like the waking up bloated) then cut it... if it's worth it... then be like me... keep it. I'm NOT giving up my splenda... although I might someday switch to truvia, but I'd have to try it first, and I'm not likely to try it until a dunkin donuts or starbucks starts carrying it. =)

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Posted: 26 Feb 2010, 08:44
I know a lot of people who have lot a lot of weight while still drinking diet soda.. Unfortunately, most of those people I know are men. The women I know who make the switch get bloated, and the soda does seem to be a hinderance on their weightloss. If you absolutely love it, keep it... but, if you feel like you can cut it, I would.
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Posted: 26 Feb 2010, 09:50
for the purposes of weight loss, you can drink it. if you are worried about other things the chemicals or artificial sweeteners do, then do not. I drink several coffees and one diet coke a day. both have zero fat, calories or anything that contributes to my weight. On the other hand, if you accompany a diet coke with a half a box of cheese-its, that is another issue all together.

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Posted: 26 Feb 2010, 10:00
You have the fake sugar. Your body says, "yum, sugar.... " Then your body says, "wait, I've been fooled!" So then you crave real sugar. This is what's behind the theory of why people that drink diet soda's are more overweight than those who don't. Between that and all the mystery behind long term health implications, I really try not to have it. I've tried to switch to ice tea when I want something more than water, but it's hard! I cave now and again. This is making me motivated to just kick the habit.

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Posted: 26 Feb 2010, 15:04
I used to be completely against it.
But I've softened my stance a little. I have a can as a treat once or twice a week. Last night I was out drinking with friends - and choose to have one vodka and soda, and the rest soda and water, and did without. But if I'm going to a movie - i'll often choose to have a diet soda than a big box of popcorn and an icecream- it's the lesser of two evils for me

I did use to be addicted to the stuff. no longer it seems!

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Posted: 26 Feb 2010, 15:07
Diet cherry Dr pepper it sothes my sweet craving the trick for me is to only have one bottle chilling at a time

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Posted: 08 Dec 2010, 06:49
I think I just have a bad experience with it. Just cant touch the stuff no more my body just had a bad reaction to it. When I was trying to lose weight in high school I drunk it as a substitute for my pop addiction.

It actually was okay for a while but within like 6 months I would get these huge cravings and blinding migraines that lasted days. A doctor told me to get off of it because of the fake sugar.(it could be a allergic reaction as well i think.) Like less than a week it stopped. My face stopped swelling and my appetite went back to normal and no more migraines. (i was no longer eating thirds which majorly cramped my weight loss. Meaning I had none at all and I was so much worse for wear.)

I do think its the amount I ingested which would range from 2 to 3 pops a day. Which in comparison to a pop a week is wow way out there.(i was drinking way too much) I think as a treat it's okay. Just follow what your body tells you. Personally I have too many reasons to avoid it. Id rather just splurge in a regular soda. Yes there is sugar but at least its somewhat better.(and doesn't drive my weight up by making me crave everything in sight)

Sorry for the rambling but just thought i should share my experience because of the negative effects it had on me.

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Posted: 08 Dec 2010, 07:19
I used to drink 4+ 20oz bottles daily at my desk and then an extra large drink at a fast food place once or twice per day as well. I quit cold turkey. Not only do I feel better (less anxious, more regulated appetite, etc.) but I think stopping has helped me in my weight loss.

I can't remember which book it was, but I remember reading that aspartame was initially rejected by the FDA multiple times but then was approved due to politics (maybe it was the book "Skinny Bitch" that I read that in?).

I'm not a scientist but I have a theory. Diet Coke contains (and there's a warning label) a high amount of phenylalaline (look at the side of the can or bottle). This is an amino acid. It affects the body and dopamine levels which mitigate sleep, chronic pain, and helps with depression. My personal opinion is that this chemical makes Diet Coke addictive - it makes you feel good, satisfied just like eating a ton of carbs (comfort food). The result is you crash when you don't have enough of it in you.

Excessive amounts of phenylalaline can also cause hypertension (high blood pressure). I believe the combinatino of caffeine and phenylalaline in high quantities can kick off your "fight or flight" mechanism which will release blood sugar into your system prematurely and since that blood sugar isn't being utilized it will cause belly fat.

At least that's my take...and most of my fat is around my belly.

I say steer clear. If you want a caffeinated cold drink, there are other things things out there. If you don't want plain water, try unsweatened green tea (not the kind with artificial sweeteners or the dreaded "citrus flavoring" that beverage companies tend to want to shove down our throats). Honest Tea makes a decent grean tea.

The caffeine makup in grean tea affects your body differently than coffee or Diet Coke or even chocolate.

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Posted: 08 Dec 2010, 10:07
Soda is your worst enemy, in my opinion. I love soda and I used to be completely addicted.

But even diet soda will bloat you and dehydrate you. Not to mention it contains MSG, which increases your appetite and cravings for sugar.

Not saying you shouldn't let loose and have a Diet Coke every once in a while, but just be careful with it.
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Posted: 08 Dec 2010, 17:52
A lot of the people who drink diet soda and are over weight are also the ones you see in a fast food place ordering huge meals. I worked at Taco Bell and would get same people everyday coming in and ordering 4 bean and cheese burritos and 4 tacos. They then would add cinnamon twists and an xtra large diet pepsi. Well ok maybe they have diabetes and can't have sugar , but yet they eat all these heavy fat and carb loaded foods thinking its ok? Um no doesn't work that way.
If you like soda because of the bubbles try soda water add citrus or even berries
Otherwise as with everything else use in moderation.
And there will always be the omg artificial sweeteners are bad reports. I still remember something Gilda Radner did on it back in the 70s before she died.
I'm not saying they are good or bad.

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