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Soda? To drink or not to drink?

Why are people giving up diet soda? I can see why someone would give up regular soda but why diet? I drink diet soda with my lunch about 2x a week, and maybe one on the weekend. That's it.

I have a friend who weights well over 300 lbs and she drinks diet soda constanly. It's her water. I would not be surprised if she brushed her teeth with it too. Now I can see why my friend would need to at least cut down on it. My gosh! How does she stay hydrated? My friend has been over weight all her life. I've known her for 12 years. There has been a steady increase in her weight that whole time. She is getting the lapband procedure done soon. I hope it works.

Maybe the diet soda stimulates her appetite. For me it is a dessert. It fills me up. I eat less when I have a diet soda with my lunch.

What do you all think?

Wed. Nov 21, 2:22pm

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Those chemicals cannot be good for you, much less help you lose weight. If you have to, have a coke but better yet, drink water. If you squeeze lemon in them, you'll learn to like it.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007, 2:34 PM

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I have the most wicked sweet tooth, and am trying to cut back on sweets, and one coke zero a day totally helps me not feel too deprived. Sometimes I worry about all the junk in it, but it keeps me sane.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007, 3:34 PM

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My friend who is a trainer said that she's seen plenty of women try to lose weight, and the most successful ones are the ones who give up diet soda. She's seen women go from plateau-ing to losing 5 pounds when they give up diet soda. I think it's a moderation thing, though. If you have one a day it's not so bad. Now, in my own personal past, overloading on diet soda also caused a kidney stone, so that's another reason to cut way back.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007, 7:39 PM

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OP - your consumption is pretty moderate - unless you're drinking 88oz Big Gulps - ha. I think the ideal is to give it up, in moderation it's probably not doing much to impact your health or fitness goals. I drank soda in moderation while I was working on losing weight and it always helped satisfy urges to eat in between meals/snacks. I got to my goal weight no problem.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007, 8:16 PM

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I think your main concern is right, OP. The OVERCONSUMPTION of it is bad, and the replacement of water is what is the problem. I agree with the idea of it almost being like an "extra desert". Don't count it as part of your water intake, and if anything, add some water if you're worried abbout it's effects (flush it out a little lol)

But diet coke's better than regular :]

Thursday, November 22, 2007, 3:55 PM

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lemon water with a touch of honey is an all natural way to help your sweet tooth and also not further toxify your system.

Friday, November 23, 2007, 8:49 PM

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Don't do it. There can't be anything good about something that has 8 teaspoons of sugar per serving.

Saturday, November 24, 2007, 9:14 AM

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I used to about 6yrs ago now be addicted to soda, would go out buy a 12 pack of pepsi and drink it in a day, then I was not happy with my weight so I switched to diet soda, for over a year I did not lose much weight at all, all those chemicals really have a horrible effect on your body. To any one wanting something sweet to drink go to the store pick up a box of teal, for about the price of 2 sodas you can have a ton of glasses of tea, sweeten it with honey or a lemon.

Sunday, November 25, 2007, 1:02 AM

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Stay away from soda if you can

Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 4:17 PM

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