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01-12-2012, 11:38 PM
So i have a question for everyone on here about soda!!! I am a person who loves soda, I know it is bad for me and everything but i love it!!! I gave it up a month ago and I have only had 1% milk at breakfast and water the rest of the time. So my question is, Do you think it is possible to have a soda every now and then and stay on track or should i just forget about them? (Dr. Pepper is calling me name very loud)

01-12-2012, 11:42 PM
I budget in about 10 oz once a week for my Pepsi.120 calories or so. You have to be careful though, the ounces can sneak up on you.

01-12-2012, 11:46 PM
I can't stomach regular soda, but I do drink a Diet Coke every day (alright...more than that. These past few days I've been terrible) and I did even when losing weight. I stayed on track.

If you budget a regular soda in every now and then, then there isn't a reason to forgo treating yourself. Sure, it's not great for you but a lot of things aren't and we still find ways to sneak them in.

Should you be drinking something with empty calories all the time? Probably not, but once in a while won't do any damage to your weight loss.

01-12-2012, 11:46 PM
For me personally, when I cut out soda all together for a couple months consistently, when I did go back to have a soda for my husband's birthday, I got right back off of them with no problem.

I personally don't have any soda anymore due to the harm on my body & also on my weight loss; but that choice is up to you ;)

01-13-2012, 03:28 AM
Whatever works for you. Are you the kind of person who can just stop/start with soda or once you taste it is that the start of a slippery slope? I'm the latter kind which is why I cut it out completely :D

01-13-2012, 03:43 AM
I don't personally like soda, but I would suggest if you MUST have one, I would buy the little cans and allow yourself one or two of the little cans a week. Just budget them in and enjoy them. (don't just chug them down.) Hope this helps!

01-13-2012, 09:40 AM
I also have this problem. I definitely stick to a can or less when I let myself have it, and I reeeeeally try to avoid it. It makes me bloat like crazy, especially diet soda. I would say, first cut it out completely. Then once you are used to that, you can indulge every now and then. That's what I did, at least, and it worked for me.

01-13-2012, 10:34 AM
I have this issue as well. I drink a diet soda every day. It keeps me from feeling deprived I guess. I drink a lot less than I was, but I don't really have any interest in giving them up entirely. I've tried before but doing without them became the slippery slope for me. I've found that if I don't try to give them up entirely it's much easier for me to maintain a healthier lifestyle. I'll just have to live with that for now until I can ween myself off of them down the road.

01-13-2012, 10:59 AM
I believe in moderation. So I only drink it when I'm out for dinner or at the bar and it's diet only. I don't keep it in the house. I find if I allow myself to have 1 day I sometimes can't stop myself so I use it as a treat. You have to find what works for you so you have control over it and where it doesn't control you ;)

Beach Patrol
01-13-2012, 11:58 AM
I used to drink three or four 24oz bottles of Mtn Dew PER DAY. Now I cannot imagine drinking that much soda! - can you imagine the calorie load?!?!?!? E-gads! :eek:

But Mtn Dew! -my love! I didn't want to give it up completely. So I worked very hard at cutting it down. Finally got down to a couple 12oz cans per day. That's STILL 360 calories! And it took yearssssssssssss to do even that. Seriously!

But a couple years ago, I decided to try Diet Mtn Dew. ODG, it was horrid!!! One of the worst things I ever let pass my lips! UGH! Then, I decided to "trick" my taste buds. I mixed half regular Mtn Dew with half of the diet. I couldn't tell a difference. Little by little, over the course of a couple months, I decreased the regular & increased the diet. Pretty soon I was drinking straight up Diet Mtn Dew. I usually only have one 12oz can per day, sometimes two, but mostly one. Too much carbonation tends to make me a bit bloaty. Ugh.

Now I cannot stand the taste of regular Mtn Dew - too sugary! I also like Coke Zero, Diet Dr. Pepper, and usually enjoy a Diet Coke when I'm at a restaurant (mainly because most restaurants don't serve Coke Zero). When I feel like imbibing, I sometimes opt for a Coke Zero (or Diet Coke) and rum. Mostly, tho, I choose water with lemon. Healthier. And I like the taste!

01-13-2012, 12:05 PM
I'm a Dr Pepper lover too. I have a bottle once or twice a month. If you know you can have 1 & it won't turn into 2, 3 etc. then factor it in & enjoy. :)

01-13-2012, 12:05 PM
I guess it depends on you and whether you can keep it to just a certain amount. If you can then I don't think there's anything wrong with budgeting for a treat now and then. If you can't then you really have to decide if it's worth taking a step down that slippery slope.

I gave up soda in Oct. 2010 and now I am to the point where I can have a soda (regular, not diet) once in a while and not be tempted to have more than that. Truthfully, after all this time without soda I find it to be far too sweet for my taste so even when I do indulge, I rarely finish an entire drink.

01-13-2012, 01:28 PM
It depends if you think you'll only be able to stop at one, once in awhile.

I used to love diet soda and would have a few cans a day. I tried limiting myself to it, but found that I would crave it more. So I stopped completely within the last month or two

01-13-2012, 03:39 PM
I know for me - I don't want pop anymore. I used to drink a lot of diet coke. I gave it up a couple of months ago - and now I basically just drink club soda, tea, and water.
I feel better now. Plus - I have read studies that say that even diet pop can cause people to gain (or not lose) weight. Because when you have the fake sugar it causes you to crave real sugar. After I gave up pop (more or less) I noticed that when I did treat myself I couldn't drink as much and I DID crave sugar!
One of the things I enjoyed about pop was the carbonated - so I have started drinking soda club/sparkling water and it is great substitute without all the bad stuff.

01-13-2012, 04:42 PM
I'm someone who LOVES diet soda. I could drink Coke Zero all freaking day. At one point I pretty much did - I was going through like 4 cases of diet soda a week, plus a couple 20 oz sodas during the day. When I decided to lose weight this time around, I also decided to severely cut back on my diet soda consumption, because I knew it wasn't healthy (and plus I was wasting too much money).

So I did the standard water-with-lemon substitute, and now I drink a ton of plain water throughout the day. It's been the single best thing for helping me lose weight!

But to answer your question: I would think you'd be able to drink a Dr. Pepper once in a while - maybe twice a week or so? As long as you budget your calories accordingly.

01-13-2012, 05:08 PM
I'm like you...I LOVE my soda, and my favourites (Coke & Pepsi) aren't only full of sugar, but they're also chock-full of caffeine. I seriously reduced my soda intake when I started losing weight last January, but I still allow myself one 591 bottle of either Pepsi or Coke per week. Other than that, I drink only water.

If you're able to limit yourself to one or two sodas a week I really don't think you'll set yourself back. I know for me, personally, if I told myself that I could never have Pepsi/Coke again, I'd never succeed, so I allow myself that treat.

01-13-2012, 07:09 PM
See my biggest fear is that i will have that one then it will turn to 2 then 3 and so on. Today when i was out and about with my BF and son we stopped to get lunch and i wanted that soda so bad but i didnt i feel guilty. I am just so scared i wont be able to stop at 1

Beach Patrol
01-14-2012, 07:35 AM
Someone mentioned caffeine... yup, for me, that's one of the reasons I continue with my Diet Mtn Dew. That caffeine kick. But I'm not willing to indulge the calories of regular soda. Hence, the "diet" part. :)

01-14-2012, 12:09 PM
I'm one of those people who gave up soda cold turkey when I graduated college because I was no longer on the free vend plan a.k.a meal plans at college that allow you to drink as much as you want. I went through a wicked caffeine withdrawal that meant I never craved it as much again, though I did still drink it.

I tend to drink about 1 can a week (the full fat stuff) - basically DH & I split a soda and he drinks most of it if we're eating out or we share a bottle of sparkling water. Because I've been an occasional soda drinker for years before starting to try and lose weight, I'm able to have a can or two if I want and not crave more.

If it's one of your trigger foods/drinks then it might be worth seeing what you can do about drinking diet versions or cutting it out altogether until you think you can trust yourself, though obviously I don't know how long that can take for you. :)

01-14-2012, 04:29 PM
I don't know if I could live without my Dr.Pepper.... but I do drink diet, so no harm no foul. Have you tried diet? I limit myself to 1 per day.
If you are just yearning for something different to drink (I get sick of water quickly), you could try Crystal Light, as well. I prefer the punch or iced tea.
At least with either of these options you're not taking in a lot of sugar or calories, but some people are strictly against artificial sweeteners... anyhow good luck!

01-14-2012, 06:54 PM
I used to have 1 per day then i stare cutting it off slowly, the first time was the most difficult for me to the point I couldn't resist it anymore and drank one soda in less than 5 minutes and I end up feeling depressed but now I got used to the idea of just drink water an I feel great :D

01-14-2012, 07:00 PM
I drink diet soda - a LOT of it. I pretty much always have a can with me.

I've read multiple articles on whether or not sugar substitutes can cause weight gain, and I just haven't been convinced either way yet.

Obviously, water is much better for you and if you can live without soda you're surely better off than with it.


01-16-2012, 12:02 AM
If it's a trigger for you, I think you should stay away from them for a while. I personally can't drink soda in moderation. My poison of choice was Diet Dr. Pepper, and when I was drinking them, it was can after can after can all day long. There was no such thing as one soda. And it takes much longer than one month for those cravings to go away. In fact, I still get a slight craving when I eat foods that remind me of DDP - like tuna. I cannot even eat tuna without wanting a can of soda.

I gave up soda long before I changed my lifestyle to lose weight, though. So a better example for me is tacos. This sounds crazy, but I would seriously eat eight tacos at a time if I made them at home. It was just one of those foods I couldn't stop eating until I felt miserable because they taste that good. So I cut them out of my diet completely for the first few months. Then, when I had lost a bit and decided I had more strength, I made them again. But this time, I set aside two tacos and put away the rest of the meat/shells/cheese/veggies before I even ate my meal. It's a lot less tempting to go back for more when you know you'll have to reheat everything. And I'd tell my husband, "I'm only eating two!" It'd be too embarrassing to know that he knew I wasn't strong enough to resist eating more.

If you do decide to introduce them back into your routine in a set daily amount, I don't know how you could buy a 12 pack or a 2 liter, you know? It's just so tempting when you have an addictive beverage or food like that just sitting in the fridge all day, and you're home alone with the baby.

But seriously, you've made it this far. The cravings will last for a while (like I said, I still feel it sometimes, and it's been 19 months for me!), but you've done so well! And if you drink a regular soda, you're drinking your calories! Which, okay, I know it's no different than allotting calories for any other treat (my vice is chocolate), but I've never wanted to drink my calories. I'd rather save them for a dessert or a calorie-heavy meal. (Unless it's a "drink" like a chocolate milkshake - then I'm down!)

Maybe another solution is to find another low or no calorie drink that you love and can substitute for soda when the temptation is great. For me, it's unsweet tea with the no calorie (and no aspartame) sweeteners. I'll never be the type to choose water at a restaurant, so that's my no calorie solution. Good luck!

01-16-2012, 12:10 PM
Well i have made it this far like yall have said! And when i do go out i am wanting to get one but i just cant seem to get myself to get on i feel to bad and i think about the 10 lbs i have lost and i am like do i really want to risk putting those 10 lbs back on? The answer is no! then i think about the money that is saved not buy those soda!! I have over come the worst craving that i have had that started when i posted this!

01-16-2012, 07:56 PM
I haven't had a pop in over 2 years. I was really addicted and if I had one, I couldn't stop. It was so hard the first 6 months, but now I don't miss it at all. In my opinion, it was one of the best things I have ever done for my health.

01-16-2012, 08:02 PM
Diet Soda for me is what keeps me sane when I'm dieting. If I don't drink a soda now and then (definitely every day) I start to crave "sweet" like you wouldn't believe.. give it a few days and I'll be binging on oreos.

The diet soda gives me the taste of "sweet" and makes me less ravenous for it. I accept it as a little necessary evil in my life. As for people who claim it kills your metabolism and such, I've lost significant weight before while drinking it, and I can do it again.

01-16-2012, 09:50 PM
Diet Soda for me is what keeps me sane when I'm dieting. If I don't drink a soda now and then (definitely every day) I start to crave "sweet" like you wouldn't believe.. give it a few days and I'll be binging on oreos.

The diet soda gives me the taste of "sweet" and makes me less ravenous for it. I accept it as a little necessary evil in my life. As for people who claim it kills your metabolism and such, I've lost significant weight before while drinking it, and I can do it again.

This is me exactly! I've tried numerous times to give up Diet Coke, but I just like having that no-calorie "treat" in my life. I know drinking water is better, which is why I still get in at least 8 cups of water a day. But I also allow myself Diet Coke. To the OP...b/c regular soda has so many calories I would try to limit it if you can. Maybe, instead of actually buying it at the grocery store, just limit it to when you go out? That way it won't be calling your name from the fridge all the time.

01-16-2012, 11:32 PM
the hardest thing for me is i am having to take excedrin migraine for my head everyday and that is not any better for me because i do need caffeine. I would love to go with caffeine but it is the only thing that keeps me from going nuts and ending up in bed from my head hurting so bad. =( so i guess it is excedrin or soda. i feel better all over but my head =(

01-17-2012, 05:57 PM
I feel all of your pain! I have always been a "drinker" (non-alcoholic of course lol). I have a drink in my hand at all times. It was Diet Coke then Diet Dr Pepper.

I decided to cut the caffeine out and go to Diet Root Beer. Since I've started this new plan, or WOL as some call it, my rule is I can have one Diet RB after I drink 16 oz of water.

So now my tendency is to drnink more water all day and have just a few Diet RB. But the good thing is that now that I drink less of it, it tastes sweeter to me, which helps with the sweet tooth!! I'll have to see what my weight loss looks like. I'd give it up in a second if it prevents me from moving forward but here's hoping :)

01-17-2012, 06:02 PM
But the good thing is that now that I drink less of it, it tastes sweeter to me, which helps with the sweet tooth!!

Same for me, too :D

01-17-2012, 10:16 PM
if you're dealing with the caffeine withdrawals, you can always try coffee and black tea. I can't ever just cut back without becoming a monster--slowly cutting back on caffeine has worked, however.

That being said, you can pry my 1245pm diet coke out of my dead, cold hands. I know the artificial sugar research, I know what it can do to your teeth and I'm not a huge fan of my diet coke budget...but its my sanity drink.