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Serenity1956

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Posted: 18 Sep 2012, 00:40
I'm fifty-six years old and I love diet coke. I drink it more than I do water, which I know is stupid. My weight is primary in my stomach area and I don't even have a waist anymore. Call me big bird. Does anyone think diet coke is the real culprit?:
kingkeld

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Posted: 18 Sep 2012, 01:41
I don't think the Diet Coke in itself is the culprit - but it might be what makes you consume more calories afterwards. The Coke is virtually calorie free - thus makes no impact on your weight gain/loss. However, the sweetener makes your body think that it's gonna receive sugar when you drink it, and then you cheat it by NOT giving it sugar. This basically can give you insane cravings for anything with carbohydrates/sugar. This might be the culprit.
If I were you, I'd start by logging everything - also the diet cokes - in the food journal here on FatSecret. Everything that is not water needs to be registered. Then take a look at it.
Also, you need to drink water. It's essential for our bodies and we can not replace it with anything else. I would think that drinking lots of water can get you going nicely, along with registering your foods.
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Posted: 18 Sep 2012, 01:50
hey serenity, do you know karl lagerfeld? he's a pretty famous designer and he used to lose a big amount of his weight. and if you see him on a party or meeting, he drinks just one thing: diet coke. to be honest, i don't think that it really is healthy, because it has sweetener in it and it has much coffein, too. but if you feel fine...why not? diet coke is better than real coke Smile but i think it wouldn't be that bad if you would cut it a bit....
ennysmith

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Posted: 18 Sep 2012, 01:52
Ya.I agree with you.diet coke is free from calories.It's nothing impact of our body.
triaby

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Posted: 18 Sep 2012, 03:46
Personally I avoid "fake" sugars completely as the reports on their effects on our bodies are not good.

Why don't you do a little test and stop drinking diet coke for a month and see what your body tells you?

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Tay991

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Posted: 18 Sep 2012, 15:37
When you drink or eat food which contains artificial/processed substances, our bodies can’t recognize it because we haven’t adopted yet with evolution. Besides having a negative effect on your body weight, it has certain ingredients to get you addicted to it. Therefore, I would strongly suggest stopping drinking completely and you will see a drastic result in no time but it requires some disciplines and at least two to three weeks to get rid of this habit. Good luck!
riocaz

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Posted: 18 Sep 2012, 15:40
Sorry but that is utter tosh.

If you choose not to eat something fine, but don't give pseudo scientific explanations to convince others. As has already been said about the worst it can do is increase sugar cravings.

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jonnybadback

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Posted: 19 Sep 2012, 02:46
Cravings... I have the same problem with chocolate. I havnt given it up but i have drastically reduced my daily intake. I do argue its one of my 5 a day as its a bean that is grown lol. We all can argue a reason why or why not... Who do we fool? Ourselves...
Poohbear5517

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Posted: 21 Sep 2012, 18:50
The issue is more diet coke than water. If your body doesn't get the necessary water intake, then it will cause your body to retain the little bit of water it is getting. Also, diet coke has caffeine with causes dehydration if you drink it in large amounts like over 4 cups a day.

An alternate that I use instead of soda is Sparkling Ice mineral water or Cascade Ice sparkling water. Its 0 calories, 0 sugar, and no artifical sweetners. And it comes in a variety of flavors. And it still gives you that burn in your throat that diet coke gives you.
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traceyinva

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Posted: 22 Sep 2012, 11:50
Hmm... I read somewhere that "fake" sugars can mess with you insulin levels. I drink too much fake powdered tea mix type drinks, so I struggle with this issue too. Drinking water that I LIKE helps, DeerPark for one, but given the choice I usually end up reaching for the wrong thing (sigh)
riocaz

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Posted: 23 Sep 2012, 16:46
Poohbear5517 wrote:
Also, diet coke has caffeine with causes dehydration if you drink it in large amounts like over 4 cups a day.


That's an old wives tale, studies on caffeine show that it does not affect your bodies daily water transit.

There was some evidence that it might made subjects go to the loo more often, but that amount of liquid remained the same.

42" jeans(25/01/2013) 40"(28/02/2013) 38"(20/03/2013) 36"(25/05/2013)
Down from 60" waist jeans since June 21st 2012.

Still keeping to my 26" jeans, but they are too tight for comfort. too many tasty things in the US, and over Xmas.

Onwards and Downwards! Smile
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moemfie

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Posted: 24 Sep 2012, 03:04
Why not try TAB, which is caffeine free so it should not retain water. Also, try to set yourself a rule, for each Coke you dring, you need to firs finish one 500ml bottle of water? This will up the water intake and dicipline you at the same time!
scottiecla

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Posted: 24 Sep 2012, 07:30
Wondering about this, I did some research. There is no conclusive evidence that Diet Coke has any affect on your diet, unless you think (as some researchers assume) that drinking Diet Coke cancels any other calories you are eating.

(I think that is a ridiculous assumption and there is no research to back up the idea that people think diet drinks mean they can eat whatever they want. There's not even a survey to go on- it's pure guesstimation that fat people must be that stupid.)

One of the articles is even written by a woman who says you should stop drinking diet sodas because "they may be bad" but admits on her own blog that she drinks them daily.

If drinking a diet soda causes you to crave sweets, you should definitely find a way to stop drinking them.

I know for me, they are the one sweet thing I look forward to in my restrictive diet and they satisfy the need for something that "feels" indulgent. Drinking a diet coke does not make me crave a chocolate bar. I don't feel "fooled" into wanting more food by drinking one.

If they work for you, drink 'em! If you believe diet sodas are causing problems for you, stop drinking them.
riocaz

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Posted: 24 Sep 2012, 10:44
Scottiecia you said exactly what I wanted too, oh-so more eloquently. It's what works for you that matters.

Unless you can point to a study, conducted by a credible source, and published in a credible peer reviewed journal then it's likely been made up by someone trying to sell something. *cough nettle tea cough*

42" jeans(25/01/2013) 40"(28/02/2013) 38"(20/03/2013) 36"(25/05/2013)
Down from 60" waist jeans since June 21st 2012.

Still keeping to my 26" jeans, but they are too tight for comfort. too many tasty things in the US, and over Xmas.

Onwards and Downwards! Smile
http://www.menu52.com/
glofaulk76

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Posted: 25 Sep 2012, 10:24
Look this this interview up with Michelle LeSueur about sweeteners maybe this will give you some info

“Splenda Interview with expert Michelle LeSueur- Energetic Practioner & Nutritionist” —

http://youtu.be/iHE-VeavLcU

riocaz

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Posted: 25 Sep 2012, 12:29
Well she claims a lot of letters after her name...

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Down from 60" waist jeans since June 21st 2012.

Still keeping to my 26" jeans, but they are too tight for comfort. too many tasty things in the US, and over Xmas.

Onwards and Downwards! Smile
http://www.menu52.com/
Deathwish238

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Posted: 25 Sep 2012, 15:47
Diet coke might have some affect on your insulin levels as the brain recognizes it as sweets. But this isn't 100% determined. If you really think diet coke is the culprit, try cutting it out for a month.

Your issue from a quick glance of your diet looks to be your diet. You're cutting 50% of your calories most days which is too much. Pretty much no one should be eating less than 1200 calories as it is. So if you really want to focus on something, focus on your diet then worry about your diet coke consumption.

It's also probably not good to be drinking more diet coke and than water. I'ld limit yourself to 2 glasses of diet coke a day if possible. It can be quite addictive, I used to go through many cans of coke zero myself. I find really cold water tastes great. I'll keep a glass of water in the freezer for an hour and cycle cups throughout the day as needed.

If you really want to focus your stubborn fat, take a look at topical Yohimbine HCL.
Chachi18

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Posted: 26 Sep 2012, 15:21
Artificial sweetners have been linked to Headaches and some types of cancers. Plus since they. Increase your bodys craving for carbohydrates (in which we usually reach for a "not so healthy" carb to satisfy this craving it can cause weight gain or prevent weight loss) the best solution to this is probably the food log....and if yyou drink a lot you may want to wien yourself off slowly bc you could suffer headaches & such from caffeine withdrawl Smile Honestly I think even "diet" stuff should be eaten/drinkin in moderation...I believe that's the key that a lot of us have lost sight of
Diablo360x

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Posted: 28 Sep 2012, 03:36
People keep bringing up insulin levels like they matter. Only diabetics need to worry about insulin spikes.
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Posted: 28 Sep 2012, 08:38
Actually, women suffering from PCOS are also advised to be aware of insulin spikes because it can affect weight and the ability to lose weight.

However, I agree that most people don't need to worry about it too much. If they focus on having a good variety of healthy foods then the rest pretty much works itself out Smile

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