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ThatbabyMadeMeFat
04-14-2005, 03:50 PM
Has anyone with a major DC addicition ever quit before?

I'm a DC-aholic. I drink about 6 or 7 a day. I drink about 100 ozs of water as well, but I have read a lot of things that lead me to belive that the 'ol DC may not be aiding in my weight-loss efforts. Actually, I first started REALLY gaining weight when I was in my 20's and started drinking DC.

I love it. I really do.

But I am wondering, has anyone ever quit it and noticed a difference?

And does anyone wanna try and go cold turkey with me? :)


funniegrrl
04-14-2005, 04:21 PM
I don't believe it's a cause of weight gain. Excess amounts might cause water retention, and it might keep a taste for sweets alive. But I really don't believe all the hogwash about diet drinks being a direct cause of fat gain or retention.

jennie934
04-14-2005, 04:44 PM
I'm totally addicted. Some times nothing in the world is as good as a DC! Its like I'm really feining for the stuff. I've tried to cut back to 2-3 cans a day. some days I can some days I can't. I think the big thing is that it is not good for bones and muscles, it deteriorates them. Flushing out your body with the water is good though. I don't think you'll gain weight from it maybe water weight fromt he sodium.
I dont' think I can go cold turkey with ya but maybe stick to the 2 a day.


KTna
04-14-2005, 04:54 PM
I quit the juice.

I was drinking a similar amount, and slowly cut out 1 can a week. I now have it only when out to eat, and rarely at that.

I found that while it didn't make me gain any weight, it sure didn't help me lose it. Right now I am having a hard time losing at all, and every little thing seems to make a difference, including the sodium in the soda.

Good luck! It is a very hard habit to break. But I notice that I feel better without it. Less headaches and stomach cramps, I was getting a headache at least once a day before. I also drink at least 100 oz of water a day. I do miss the diet coke sometimes, so I try to get some sparkling water to help with that.

ThatbabyMadeMeFat
04-14-2005, 05:55 PM
I quit the juice.

I was drinking a similar amount, and slowly cut out 1 can a week. I now have it only when out to eat, and rarely at that.

I found that while it didn't make me gain any weight, it sure didn't help me lose it. Right now I am having a hard time losing at all, and every little thing seems to make a difference, including the sodium in the soda.

Good luck! It is a very hard habit to break. But I notice that I feel better without it. Less headaches and stomach cramps, I was getting a headache at least once a day before. I also drink at least 100 oz of water a day. I do miss the diet coke sometimes, so I try to get some sparkling water to help with that.

The juice!!!LOLOLOLOLOLOL!! It totally sounds like when you call it that like we are a buncha winos chugging MD 20/20 or drinking liquified crack cocaine or something. Hee hee. I still wanna hear from people who have kicked the DC and suddenly lost 50 pounds. :)

AnnaBanana
04-14-2005, 06:05 PM
DC is the devils drink of choice. My sister calls it the black death. I have given it up, but like a boyfriend who won't commit it keeps worming its way back into my life. I am trying to subsistute with something caffeine free, like cristal lite. I think it does affect weight gain, but that is wildly unscientific.

ThatbabyMadeMeFat
04-14-2005, 06:50 PM
LOLOLOL.. "The Black Death!".. that is sorta like absinthe, which I believe they call "The Green Fairy."

I adore Absolute vodka tonics. I have been known to swoon over mojitos and champagne bitters. However I can easily give up any of these things when I'm eating properly.. it's the Black Death that lures me back with it's fizzy, bubbly, aspratame-ridden siren song...

Meg
04-14-2005, 10:29 PM
I lost 122 pounds while drinking lots of Diet Coke (and coffee) ... :shrug: Still do, as a matter of fact and I'm coming up on my third anniversary of reaching goal.

But we're all different and if you think Diet Coke is affecting your weight loss, definitely try cutting it out and see if anything changes. :)

Charlotte2
04-15-2005, 08:52 AM
Whether it affects weight loss or not, it'd be good to cut back for all the other reasons (affects bone density etc) plus, who knows what horrible links scientists will figure out down the road? Its not like DC is a natural food!
But...
Sure is good going down!

ThatbabyMadeMeFat
04-15-2005, 02:25 PM
I lost 122 pounds while drinking lots of Diet Coke (and coffee) ... :shrug: Still do, as a matter of fact and I'm coming up on my third anniversary of reaching goal.

But we're all different and if you think Diet Coke is affecting your weight loss, definitely try cutting it out and see if anything changes. :)

Meg has now made me want to drink MORE Black Death!!!!

Meg
04-15-2005, 02:57 PM
TBMMF - :lol: about drinking more DC. Maybe I can do commercials for DC?? :lol:

For me at least, it was neutral for weight loss - didn't help and didn't hurt. When I got real with myself and why I was overweight, I realized it was because I ate too many calories and didn't exercise, not because I drank DC.

The way I see it, I've given up SO many other things that anyone who wants me to cut out DC is going to have to pry it out of my cold, dead fingers. :D

AnnaBanana
04-15-2005, 04:58 PM
Meg, you have freed me from the guilt, I am scoffing it by the litre, and loving it. Great photo by the way, you have come down a hard road and are very inspirational. I am in the throes of the get real moment, having just come to terms with admitting, that despite being blessed with height I am now really fat! Hard pill. But may be easier to swallow with the DC.

bicker
04-15-2005, 06:30 PM
If anything, my decrease in Diet Coke consumption may be to blame for having such a hard time keeping these last 10 pounds off.

I only drink decaf though. Caffeine isn't necessarily a good thing.

kykaree
04-15-2005, 07:09 PM
I believed all the hype about artificial sweeteners and didn't drink Diet Coke for years. Now I have a more balanced view (helped a lot by our fabulous Mrs Jim) and have it occasionally. I drink it at the pub when I go with my dh (the pub is quite a big part of our lives, the English live in pubs!!!) but no other time, only because I really need to drink more water, and leaving it for the pub makes it more special. The landlady got the lemon diet coke in just for me!!! I like the vanilla diet coke too, especially with vodka in it (hmmmmm think I've missed the point here LOL)

Suzanne 3FC
04-15-2005, 07:44 PM
Diet coke only tastes evil :lol: The only diet soft drink that I like the flavor of is Diet Sierra Mist. It really tastes good!

WaterRat
04-15-2005, 09:19 PM
Kykaree - if you like the lemon diet coke, wait til you try the lime! Yum. :)

jkbunch
04-16-2005, 01:17 AM
You guys are cracking me up. :lol: I stopped drinking diet coke because caffeine isn't really the greatest thing in the whole world for you. It is truly an addictive substance and I don't want to have that in my life. But when I quit oh my gosh, the headaches were so bad. But after a week I was fine and I actually feel a lot better and rested. I don't get as tired as usual. I drink lots of water and my skin looks better too. The DC is just not natural. But I do admit I crave the carbonation, isn't that wierd. I have one when i go out to eat sometimes as well. But water is ten times better for you.

2frustrated
04-16-2005, 09:31 AM
I've been cold turkey DC since January 1st! I still weigh about the same though, despite my efforts to burn it off! I don't really miss it, but sometimes when I want a sweetie drink with no cals I get a Boots' shapers drink or a Marks & Spencers' low cal fizzy drink in lemon or orange. MMMMmmmm MMMmmm!

I'm not bothered about the caffine (I'm a Pro-Plus popper at the moment, due to exams, final year projects and lack of sleep!) but I read that the phosphorous inhibits the absorption of calcium and I do a lot of weight bearing exercise! I NEED MY BONES! So bye bye DC, also it was not good at all for my teeth. Poor gnashers!

I did notice that I hardly have any headaches now I don't drink it. Now I just have to go cold turkey on the chocolate!

subway
04-16-2005, 01:57 PM
I used to be a heavy DC drinker when I was a kid. It tricked me into thinking
it quenched my thirst, and those bubbles just really felt good since I live
in TN and it's humid and the air is heavy to breathe... Anyway, I just found
this on Google:

When the temperature of Aspartame exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME converts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. (Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants). The methanol toxicity mimics multiple sclerosis; thus people were being diagnosed with having multiple sclerosis in error. The multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence, where methanol toxicity is.

In the case of systemic lupus, we are finding it has become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis, especially Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers. Also, with methanol toxicity, the victims usually drink three to four 12 oz. Cans of them per day, some even more. In the cases of systemic lupus, which is triggered by ASPARTAME, the victim usually does not know that the aspartame is the culprit The victim continues its use aggravating the lupus to such a degree, that sometimes it becomes life threatening. When we get people off the aspartame, those with systemic lupus usually become asymptomatic. Unfortunately, we can not reverse this disease.

Does anyone have something to add to this?

Can any of it be disproved? That'd be good :) although this is my 3rd year
off of any soft drinks at all... I love water!!!!

Meg
04-16-2005, 05:26 PM
Well, generally the burden of proof is on the person looking to PROVE something, rather than putting it on others to disprove claims, regardless of how wild or unlikely. However, in this case, snopes.com - the urban legend web site - has already kindly taken on the task of debunking these allegations.

It's interesting that the exact language - word for word - that you use in your post in quoted in the Snopes article (though apparently there's a lot more text to the original urban legend). Anyway, six sources, ranging from the FDA to Time magazine to the American Council on Science and Health are cited in rebuttal. http://www.snopes.com/toxins/aspartame.asp

Look, we're all grown-ups and can make up our own minds about which sweeteners we choose to use or not use. :) But reprinting tired old Internet rumors (dating back before 1998) isn't really helping the issue at all, in my humble opinion.

WaterRat
04-17-2005, 02:44 PM
Thanks, Meg. I have several of these sites bookmarked, as a couple of my neighbors are always passing on these internet rumors, and I have hopes - as yet unfulfilled - of curing them. :lol:

I'm kinda in the middle of the DC group. I have maybe 2-3 a week, usually now the lime flavor, but I also go weeks between having any. Now let's not talk about coffee - I do like my caffeine. :) If you really just like carbonation, and I do, try soda water (being aware of the sodium level still though). It's a nice change from still water, and very thirst quenching.

YellowRose49
04-20-2005, 01:36 PM
TBMMF--I have to agree with Meg...........I will keep drinking my DC! I have quit drinking alcohol, quit smoking and turned to food. I can work on the food issues. But, I draw the line at giving up my DC's. Even if there were something to any of these urban legends(tho I doubt it!), I would still choose to drink it. We all need a few guilty pleasures and this is one of mine(aint tellin' what the rest are!?!) :o :p

Meg, I enjoy your humor! And WTG on your weight loss!! :D

YR