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*small edit* This might be a dead horse, but do you feel diet soda actually slows your weight loss?
by mem82
January 3, 2013 at 9:42 AM

   I have seen a few articles about this but most diets list diet soda (within reason). I drink two pops a day and I know this sounds crazy, but I'm not giving them up. LOL I cut out pop last year for 3 months and really felt deprived of any pleasure in food. I have a very addictive personality. I gave up recreational drugs as a teen, drinking at 22, smoking at 25. I just can't give up the pop without feeling like life sucks. With me, it has to be all or nothing. I can't *just* smoke one cigarette at a party or drink pop twice a week. I need the caffeine with the fizz! LOL

So my question is, do you think switching to Diet Coke would slow my progress or do you think drinking it doesn't really change weight loss?

ETA: I'm not really planning to give up the caffeine, yet. I don't drink coffee and I want the caffeine. ;) My question is more along the lines of IF you still drink soda or DID while dieting, did you drink regular or diet? Did you feel that drinking diet helped your weight loss.

Pop doesn't make me binge or crave at all. It's almost like my body needs some sort of stimulatant so I can focus. I don't bottom out from it, mid afternoon, either.

Now, if I eat any sort of sweet or salty snack, I will binge, mindless. So, I have removed all of that from my lifestyle as of right now. Once I feel that I can handle it, I may introduce them back.


  • HelloSweetie
    January 3, 2013 at 10:56 AM


    The safety of aspartame has become a raging controversy within the medical and scientific communities. Some studies conclude it is safe, while others cite side effects. Robert Walton M.D. surveyed the studies of aspartame in the peer-reviewed medical literature and found 166 studies relevant to human safety: 74 had aspartame industry funding and all found no human safety issues; the other 92 were independently funded and over 90 percent of them found serious health concerns with aspartame, as cited in "Nutrition and Public Health."

    The most commonly reported side effects of aspartame use are neurologically related because the breakdown products of aspartame are considered as neurotoxins, according to "Human Biochemistry and Disease." Some of the metabolites of aspartame include aspartic acid, glutamate, phenylalanine, methanol and diketopiperazine, all of which are harmful to neurons. Common neurological side effects reported from aspartame use include headaches, migraines, mood alteration, dizziness, visual disturbance, seizures, memory loss, fatigue, tinnitus, depression, anxiety, slurred speech, numbness or pain in the limbs, tremors, severe hyperactivity and restless legs.

  • RheaF
    by RheaF
    January 3, 2013 at 10:59 AM

     If thats all you drink? Yes. However, one every now and then? No. I drink Diet soda(because I hate the regular soda) and when I was activly trying to lose weight, I still lost. I was never any hungrier after I drank it, and I never craved sweets. Than again, I also drank lots of water and other stuff. Soda was like, at dinner time, sometimes with lunch.

  • mem82
    by mem82
    January 3, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    I drink a pitcher (2 quartz of water) and a small glass of milk in the morning, also. I drink a regular size can of Coke at 11am (yup, I have it on a schedule) and at 6:30pm. Lunch and dinner, basically.

    Quoting RheaF:

     If thats all you drink? Yes. However, one every now and then? No. I drink Diet soda(because I hate the regular soda) and when I was activly trying to lose weight, I still lost. I was never any hungrier after I drank it, and I never craved sweets. Than again, I also drank lots of water and other stuff. Soda was like, at dinner time, sometimes with lunch.

  • mem82
    by mem82
    January 3, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    I'm not sure if I'm prepared to try any supplements right now. Basically, my goals right now are to start moving more, drinking more water and focus on slowly changing my diet. I want to take it all slow. I will keep this in mind, though, for farther on in my journey.

    Quoting eema.gray:

    I would suggest trying to supplement with an amino acid called GABA.  It has to work in balance with dopamin in your brain and in some people, if there is too much dopamin and not enough GABA, they find themselves addicted to sweets and/or fats.  A couple months ago, we found out that my husband basically had no GABA production at all in his brain, probably due to a 6X overdoes on morphine he was given for extreme burn injuries when he was a young soldier.  His doctor now thinks that that morphine overdose, morphine also acting on dopamine receptors in the brain, essentially blew out his ability to produce GABA at all, leading to decades of "needing" sodas and frighteningly sweet tea.

    The supplement is available over the counter but there are some possible side effects so be aware of them.  My husband started taking them without making any other changes in his diet.  He is slowly starting to be able to cut back on the sugar in his tea (his brain now tells him that the old ratio of sugar to tea is too sweet) and finds commercial soda syrup too sweet as well (we have a SodaStream machine now so I make syrups for him, reducing the amount of sugar as he tells me the old formula is too sweet).

  • mem82
    by mem82
    January 3, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    What's Kombucha? I'm not really thinking of getting rid of the pop unless I really have, too. It's my happy place. I only have two cans a day, though.

    Quoting HelloSweetie:

    Kombucha helped me kick my soda habit. I was an addict

  • mem82
    by mem82
    January 3, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    I think I will wait and see if this happens.

    Quoting nlonnon:

    To me this is a personal decision about your weight loss.  I say if you want/need that diet soda go for it.  At the same time though if at some point you just hit a massive plateau on your journey and want to change something, try that first and see what happens.  I personally, don't care for the taste of diet soda so I don't drink it.

  • mem82
    by mem82
    January 3, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    I know the chemicals are bad, which is why I drink regular right now. ;) I stay in my caloric target even with the pops.

    Quoting itsm3:

    as long as you're not over your caloric target for weight loss, then you should be ok however, those drinks are loaded with chemicals etc that's not good for your body which is why if you're going to drink pop, drink the regular one -- it has less chemicals in them as compared to the diet stuff.

    the reason why it's best to avoid sugary drinks is because they are very caloric dense, making tough for many to stay within their daily caloric targets.  it's better to EAT your calories rather than drink them to keep your eating in check (food keeps you full; liquids do not).

  • lynnd4
    by lynnd4
    January 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM
    I agree, but I do love the occasional soda.

    Quoting charmgirl:

    I personally think you should drink all water. It helps cleanse the body and get everything moving. I shoot for 130 ounces a day.
  • boshs1andonly
    January 3, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    I don't think diet sodas are worth drinking lol. If I'm going to cut calories, I might as well drink water. I agree with you though, I have to have my coffee with my creamer in the morning. I'll cut out all sugary drinks for the rest of the day, but I'm keeping my morning coffee 

  • DissieDothe
    January 3, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    It has been my experience that "synthetic" food/drink does not taste good with fresh wholesome food. The nitty-gritty of pairing food/drink can lead to the cravings that match. I love rootbeer floats! but not with diet soda & ice milk or vanilla yogurt - yucky pooh! I usually drink my rootbeer floats seasonally like spring or summer.


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