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Posted: 06 Feb 2011, 15:33
Ok, I know I might not like the answers I'm going to get but here we go anyway Smile
My question is:
Is it wrong that I get my 64 oz of fluid intake with Crystal light iced tea. Water is so hard especially in the winter. For some reason I don't mind it much in the summer or when I work out. Ok ready for your feedback Smile

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Posted: 06 Feb 2011, 21:30
lol i dont have any negative feed back for you i do the same thing i just have never asked anybody if its good or bad but hey there isnt any carbs or sugar everything says zero on the nutritional facts so why not mix it with your hopefully everybody dont hollar at us...

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Posted: 06 Feb 2011, 21:41
Water is water is water. I can't speak about the healthiness (or lack thereof) of Crystal Light's chemical concoctions, but yes it counts as water.

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Posted: 06 Feb 2011, 22:04
Just a thought since this is an Atkins forum, I noticed that my weight loss slowed when I was still drinking diet soda. Artificial sweeteners like the ones in diet soda & Crystal Light can elicit an insulin response just like sugar, & on a low carb diet that's not ideal. No one's going to yell at you for drinking diet soda. If it ends up stalling your weight loss, I would guess you would have more of a problem with that than the rest of us.

I'd say make sure you log the quantity of CL you're drinking & keep an eye on your weight loss. If you stall or slow down to say, less than a pound a week lost, replace the CL with water & don't change anything else for another week. You should know after that if it makes a difference for your body.

I had to stop drinking it the only artificial sweetener I use is 2 packets of Truvia in my morning coffee & that's it. I don't drink anything else but water throughout the day.
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Posted: 06 Feb 2011, 22:06
Kat, Truvia isn't artificial, however, it does have carbs. I also drink Crystal Light Ginger Peach tea as much of my fluid consumption. Our city water is just so Blah.
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Posted: 06 Feb 2011, 22:16
Some of the crystal lights have aspartame which is a no no on Atkins. Also you are allowed 3 servings of sweeteners per day & must count each as 1 carb and water is water, so the crystal light would be in addition to your daily water regime.
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Posted: 07 Feb 2011, 07:45
Wow Joy!Did you ever open up a can of crystal light!It's all good.I was wondering the same myself.I myself,drink only plain boring water.I used to be a big splenda user,but since doing atkins again,I have switched over to truvia.If the crystal light helps you get your water in,then so be it.I would count the carbs;what does FS say about carb count?

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Posted: 07 Feb 2011, 09:29
Many reports of bad side effects are making its way back to the FDA about Truvia since it was recently released onto the market. I would avoid using this product imo.

Drink water.. you will get used to it, and actually crave your water over time.

Look at the Truvia ingrediant list:

the first listed ingredient is Erythritol (a naturally fermented sugar alcohol), and Rebiana, as well as other natural flavors.


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Posted: 07 Feb 2011, 10:33
I believe that if you are cutting sugars out and you drink water with 'diet' sweetener in it then you will get an insulin rush which will give you a headache.
My suggestion would be to drink water with a little lemon juice in it.
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Posted: 07 Feb 2011, 11:34
I was steared towards truvia,because it was better than splenda;in the way of healthier.What would be a better substitute for sugar? The only time I consume sugar,or even enjoy it for that matter is in my coffee.Would I be better too use natural sugar,for the little amount that I do use?

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Posted: 07 Feb 2011, 14:00
I have a 32 oz cup that I got at a convience store (hard plastic)~ love to fill it 3/4 with water then top it off with Crystal Light Lemonade.....because I think it's way to sweet just straight....also, USE A can drink it ALOT FASTER & easier~ I make sure I drink a min. of 3, 32 oz. cups a day~

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Posted: 07 Feb 2011, 14:15
You might just try some fresh fruit. Slice a strawberry, raspberry, or lemon and toss it in with your water. You might find that the fruit flavor is enough to make it more bearable. Just make sure that you take that into account if those things are going to affect your diet. As for putting in natural sugar, I'd say if you HAVE to have a sweetener, and fruit isn't going to cut it, that's your best bet IMO. Just don't go overboard, or you might as well be drinking soda.

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Posted: 07 Feb 2011, 15:16
First of all I don't know if I have bad breath because I live alone!! I really think I do though. I am constipated so I take a bowel softener which helps alot. I never have trouble like that except when I go on Adkins, but it's really the only diet I can stick I guess it's worth it..

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Posted: 07 Feb 2011, 16:20
My doctor told me to skip the crystal lights.She said the sweeteners slow down loss,worse than a diet coke, but she told me to lay off diet sodas too. I drink like a reward or snack when everyone else is having birthday cake at work. If you had bad breathe, you's know it because you would taste in your mouth like cheesy onions socks and other people would tell you, just because its so bad. lol.

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Posted: 07 Feb 2011, 16:45
Test it out. As said above, try it for a week and then stay away from it for a week. I tested Aspartame and Splenda this way and my weight loss slowed dramatically on Aspartame. Also, good call from Kitty. I have found very few people on this site that list their artificial sweeteners as carbs. Quoting Atkins, "What Can You Eat In Phase 1: Splenda – one packet equals 1 gram of net carbs". I use Torino's sugar free syrups with Soda Water and count each syrup shot as one carb. Also a good call from PeeFat. I was drinking just over a gallon of water a day. When I slowed that down to 100 ounces, can you believe I was still thirsty after that?? My body got used to 140 ounces of water and even though I was drinking 100 ounces a day, I was thirsty. Bodies are amazing things. ~tig
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Posted: 07 Feb 2011, 18:10
I really don't see how an artificial sweetener like aspartame with no sugar or carbs would elicit an insulin reaction. MAYBE one of the "real sugar" artificial sweeteners would have potential on a small level, but the whole job of insulin is to regulate sugar and carb uptake. Just curious as to why people are suggesting that insulin would spike with these products. Yeah, I know the artificial stuff is filled with chemicals, etc. etc. but I really don't see get the whole "insulin reaction" part of this. I've been drinking Diet Coke for years (yeah I know, I know). Maybe someone can enlighten me? Smile Thanks.

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Posted: 07 Feb 2011, 18:19
From what I've heated is that you intake the fake sugar and your brain gets a happy little jolt thinking yay I'm getting sugar only to find out it isn't really sugar but it has already reacted to thinking the sugar is coming.

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Posted: 07 Feb 2011, 18:37
The eating plan that works best for me is to keep all food as natural as possible. Real, whole foods, lots of vegetables, plenty of fruit and very limited meat. That means no artificial sweeteners at all, and as few processed foods as possible. I have quickly gotten used to plain water. I allow myself some cranberry juice (100 percent) or grape juice in the water once or twice a day and that is a nice treat. I've been doing this for 5 weeks, have lost 15 pounds and 4 inches from my waist. Planning out good-tasting, healthy meals is the toughest part of this way of eating, but it's the only way that works for me. I'm not going back!

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Posted: 07 Feb 2011, 18:43
I dont like water either. When I work out I NEED water. I crave it. Other than that..I drink tea. I pee, its not dark enough water lol. I love vanilla chai tea with either stevia granules or sometimes I use regular sugar. I like this tea because I make about 16 ounces worth at least a day.( I have a sports container) and I drink it all day long, its good hot and just as good cold. I drink more water when I'm hot but if I dont like water and dont crave water..I"ll drink my tea. I dont do coffee either.
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Posted: 07 Feb 2011, 18:49
I have no problems with it, but I will suggest to get off of the Crystal Lite. Its made with Aspertain, and when I used to drink it, it gave me major head aches and a nasty taste in my mouth after a while. I like H2O 2 Go (or something like that) - its about the same price, and never gives me any problems. Good luck!

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