Diet Soda addiction

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Awake69

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Posted: 03 Jun 2009, 14:20
Hello, everyone. My name is John and I am a Diet Dew-aholic.

Lately I have been trying desperately to drink lots and lots of water, but it seems like it is adding more weight than flushing my system.

Any others out there who have an addiction to the zero calorie gremlin???Evil or Very Mad
beedo

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Posted: 03 Jun 2009, 14:28
ME!!!I to am addicted to the dew but I drink over a gallon a day. Wife tells me I will feel so much better if I stop drinking it but all it is mt dew flavored water!
Divided By...

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Posted: 03 Jun 2009, 14:29
Water can only add weight in the short term. It's still 0 calories and no matter how much you drink you won't gain fat mass from water.

In the long term you will be much better off as far as hydration and getting away from nasty Dew chemicals.

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Posted: 03 Jun 2009, 14:29
beedo wrote:
but all it is mt dew flavored water!


No.

"You are now watchin' the throne. Don't let me into my zone. Don't let me into my zone.
I'm definitely in my zone."
beedo

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Posted: 03 Jun 2009, 14:37
I know! I have been trying to drink more water but haven't acquired the "taste" for pure water yet. One thing at a time, gone from ~1.5 gallons to 32oz, I am getting there, but I know the stuff is bad for me
newgirl24

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Posted: 03 Jun 2009, 14:43
I too, am a diet soda addict. I have been able to cut it down to 3-4 cans/day and this is a victory for me. I am hoping to wean off of this demon eventually! For me, it's diet coke...
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DReno

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Posted: 03 Jun 2009, 14:51
its ok to have it once in awhile but just dont drink it everyday, the chemicals they put in it are no better than regular soda
JKRoman

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Posted: 03 Jun 2009, 14:52
Ok I am new here to the club and I was reading your post. I tried to give up Diet Coke and it lasted 1 month. I have been back on it for about 2 weeks and I feel terrible. I don't think I realized until today that the only thing different was adding back the DC. I'm addicited and I need to go back to detoxing. It is good to know I am not alone in this fight.
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Awake69

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Posted: 03 Jun 2009, 14:58
Divided By Zero wrote:
beedo wrote:
but all it is mt dew flavored water!


No.


I WISH it was only Dew flavored water. That would actually be pretty okay to me. I dilute the stuff with SO much ice that it ends up being mostly water anyhow. I can't drink ANY soda straight out of the can or bottle.
l00kitsJenna

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Posted: 03 Jun 2009, 14:59
I also have a diet soda addiction...for me its Coke Zero. I was able to cut back to 3 cans a day which is huge for me. I found it really hard to drink water but started adding in sparkling water (the kind with no added sugar and stuff) and eventually started craving water more. I have a way to go but at least I know I'm on my way (and not alone!)
Awake69

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Posted: 03 Jun 2009, 15:06
I think I may start adding my Diet Dew intake to my food calendar. I know I probably average about 2 to 3 cans a day, and that's loaded with ice. It would be interesting to keep track of, though.

I'm just curious as to how long I can expect the water weight to last before my body adjusts. I have only allowed myself two servings of the Diet Dew per day...and I've had about 4 HUGE cups of water per day for about 3 or 4 days now.
katana_x

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Posted: 03 Jun 2009, 17:01
I used to drink ungodly amounts of Diet Mountain Dew, usually at least a liter a day. For whatever reason, I lost the taste for it and replaced it with Diet Sunkist. It has about 14 mg less caffeine per can, but other than that its still horrid for you. Since I started drinking 8-14 cups of water every day, I simply haven't had enough room in my stomach to drink that volume of soda.

You'll definitely see a difference in your body if you keep drinking the water and limiting the soda. To help avoid bloating and water weight, make sure to minimize the amount of sodium in your intake. It can make a huge impact. How long your body takes to adjust to the water weight really depends on diet and a hundred other factors.
Veronicalee2...

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Posted: 03 Jun 2009, 18:13
You aren't alone... I'm awful though... I have a regular soda addiction, so in order to knock off a lot of empty daily calories I decided to go half diet/half regular. I am weaning myself off it altogether, but the headaches I get prevent me from going cold turkey. I was drinking almost a 2L a day at one point... GROSS!! I only was able to get it down to 24oz today (half & half). Hoping by the end of the month to be totally off it daily, but I will have a can once a week as a reward to myself for kicking the habit!
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chuckledust

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Posted: 03 Jun 2009, 22:14
I still drink diet sodas but have switched over to cold tea for the most part at home. Tea is a pretty good drink and you can control the amount of splenda/sugar/nutrasweet etc... you put in it. If you want to go sweetner free, you can wean yourself slowly or go unsweetened to start with. I like lemon juice in mine so a little splash gives you some citrus juice as well.
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Posted: 03 Jun 2009, 22:24
Remember that you won't even need to worry about willpower if you just don't buy the stuff. You can't drink what you don't have. If all you have at your house is tap water then that's what you're stuck with. The way I finally got myself to stop drinking diet soda was to not have any in the house at all. If I really wanted one, I would go to a gas station or restaurant, but I never had a readily available supply next to me.

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CurvyCrystal

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Posted: 03 Jun 2009, 22:49
I just got off diet soda. I still have it about once a week, but usually only one serving, and the rest of the time I either drink water or iced tea. Kinda off topic, but I lost almost 10 lbs when I started drinking tea instead of coffee with creamer or hot cocoa mix in it every morning to wake me up. Now I have my one glass of iced tea in the morning and stick to water for the rest of the day. I need to start drinking more water though
I usually drop water weight in less than a week as long as I'm drinking the proper amount of water.
juditmail

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Posted: 16 Jun 2009, 19:56
I was addicted to Diet Soda and there is plenty of evidence around the health problems. I switched to soda water and for a while used Diet Kola Capsules when I had the craving - it took the edge off and really really helped! It's caffeine and kola nut to replace what was in the drinks, but this doesnt have aspartame or phosphoric acid. My teeth are whiter too!
See http://www.dietkola.com - for $10 you can try it, it's cheaper than buying sodas for a week...
wintersmith

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Posted: 17 Jun 2009, 12:40
Awake69 wrote:
Hello, everyone. My name is John and I am a Diet Dew-aholic.

Lately I have been trying desperately to drink lots and lots of water, but it seems like it is adding more weight than flushing my system.

Any others out there who have an addiction to the zero calorie gremlin???Evil or Very Mad


Heya John, you and I share a malady. I was addicted to diet soda (specifically Coke Zero, Diet Pepsi, and Diet Coke) but I was reading up on food additives and I came across a pretty lengthy article on Aspartame and the FDA trials in the mid 70s through 1996. There is a similar write up online as well.

Bluntly it looks like the FDA was broadly manipulated, and while occasional (i.e. not daily) use should be fine, habitual consumption might lead to some very serious problems, including reproductive harm. Unfortunately, neither the FDA nor G.D. Searle (the maker of Aspartame) has documentation to debunk it, though the Softdrink Beverage Association is kind enough to point out that you should only drink artificial sweeteners in moderation. Since my wife and I are planning on having a child soon I have cut those drinks out of my diet.

It has only been a few days and I find myself craving the drinks frequently. That also scares me. I have replaced them with carbonated water and iced tea. In theory everything I got from those drinks (cold, carbonated drinks and caffeine) but I still crave the sodas.

Oh, and keep drinking a lot of water. It will initially add weight, but then you'll experience a weight loss. There are also diet and exercise programs that recommend it as a way of helping to get more abdominal muscle definition, but I don't know what their reasoning on that is.

At any rate, others have already said similar things. I just thought I'd share my experience.

Edit: Take it for what it is worth, but there are a few people saying that sucralose is no angel, either. Please feel free to read the following: http://www.tuberose.com/Sucralose.html

No, I have not verified it. Then again, neither has the FDA apparently.
ArielR

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Posted: 18 Jun 2009, 17:01
My train said "none, ever"!

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Sad

He said "if you have to have a soda, have a natural soda, *1* once in a while".
Thank you,

Ariel
wintersmith

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Posted: 19 Jun 2009, 00:36
ArielR your trainer was right. I wish I'd had someone to tell me that years ago.

Ah well, I know not to now. I can avoid them in the future. Five days and no diet cola. So far, so good. The caffeine headaches are even starting to diminish in intensity.



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