South Beach Diet - diet soda

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07-01-2008, 09:10 PM
Hi everyone. I started SB last Thursday with my BoyF. I have really enjoyed some of the recipes and am excited about this forum!!! I just want to make sure I understand that only caffinated diet drinks are limited, right? I know diet soda is not the healthiest, but it can get me through there a limit on non caffeine diet soda? I have the books and i don't see real clear specifications.....I am thinking there is not a limit? Thanks!

07-01-2008, 09:11 PM
I'm not sure if there is a limit...I'm sure one of the vets can answer that.

Make sure you aren't substituting soda for water though, as soda will leach nutrients from your body and curb your weightloss.

07-01-2008, 09:54 PM
i would limit diet soda as much as possible to 1-3 per day

i drink a lot of ice tea or crystal light

i rarely drink diet soda

it has a lot of sodium in it....

07-01-2008, 10:52 PM
Thanks, it does have a lot of sodium as I have noticed some of the other stuff I am eating as well, namely lunchmeat for snack rolls! but it is hard to cut everything out at one time. I hardly ever have more than 3 a day (sometimes not even that) so I guess I am doing ok!

07-01-2008, 10:52 PM
An alternative: Carbonated water, often called sparkling mineral water, club soda or seltzer water (not tonic water, as this often contains sugar and ALWAYS contains quinine).

Fill a glass with carbonated water. Add splenda/stevia to taste. Add some lime and/or lemon juice to taste.

Voila! You have your own diet sprite alternative.

Please note that not all carbonated waters are equivalent.

* 115mg sodium (Canada Dry 12 oz. can)
* 0mg sodium (Perrier 10 oz. bottle)

If you want to get even better, you can make your own carbonated water. Here's how. ( Also, there's no sodium in the stuff you make at home.

PS: I'm not sure if Diet Coke made with Splenda comes in decaf yet, but just for info, it only has 35mg sodium per 12 oz. can.

07-02-2008, 10:45 AM
snapless - beyond the sugar in tonic water....who could stomach that! AcK!!!


Good info on making your own seltzer water, we go through that like crazy around here.

07-02-2008, 10:50 AM
i love sparkling water. Juice from a few lemons and slenda is good too....almost like lemonde! thx all!

07-02-2008, 08:18 PM
I like to have a glass of soda every couple of days, when I do I try to make it Diet Rite. It is caffeine free and sodium free.

07-03-2008, 12:50 PM
I immediately went to that website you referenced. I love it when I find out a way to get that fizz without all the rest of that stuff. I have been drinking diet soda since 1970. I would like to say that I limit it to 1-3 per day but that is one area where I really have had a hard time cutting back.

My solution has been to make the traditional Southern sweet tea with Splenda. I buy soda once a week and once that is gone then I revert to my "sweet" tea. It would fool even the deepest of the deep Southerns, I am sure.

I have been using those drink sticks lately. I love them! Someone else on here mentioned them a couple of weeks ago so I was game. It really helps to add to your bottled water, purchased or your own, when you would like a change. I too also make homemade lemonade with Splenda. Even my DH loves that!

I'm not entirely soda-free but I do exercise other options.