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butterfly_dreams
11-08-2006, 01:57 PM
A little while back I posted on the Food section asking about diet sodas. I asked what makes it taste so good? I received many responses that diet sodas include sacrene (spelled right?) that can pause your weight loss. Well, I decided to give this a months try. Yes, an entire month. I ate what I normally ate health wise and I also drank water. But every other day or so I would have a diet pepsi or diet coke added to my diet. Normally I would lose 2 to 3 pounds per week, but as I started adding diet pop my weight loss declined. Within two weeks of this experiment I started my menstrual cycle. During that time I gained back 4 pounds. Thinking that it would come off after my cycle stopped. Wrong. The extra pounds stayed. I continued drinking diet pop. Week by week I would step on the scale and see that I lost 0 pounds.

For this entire experiment I lost 0 pounds. It lasted from the beginning of October to the end. Now in the month of November I have taken diet cokes out of my diet and drinking water only. And since November 1st I have lost roughly 4 pounds. I was stuck at 309lbs now at 305lbs. It's no doubt that these "diet" drinks were keeping me from losing weight.

Was it worth it? Yes, I'd say it was worth it. For one it made me aware that "diet" cokes are anything but. And two I'm able to tell you all about my experience so you can make a better choice of drinks. I'm not saying that it will pause or slow your weight loss but it did for me and I want to make you all aware of that.

If you have any questions just comment and I'll get back to you.

Christina


Bravelilchicken
11-08-2006, 02:17 PM
Wow. I have been thinking about cutting diet soda out of my life - I drink almost 4 liters of it a day :o but I haven't yet. I keep telling myself it can't be that bad for you. Yeah right! I have such problems getting under my little plateau I am at right now, maybe doing without it will goose me back into weight loss. Thanks for reporting your experiance. :)

futuresurferchick
11-08-2006, 02:22 PM
Thanks for doing this experiment and letting us know! I drink way too much diet drinks and most of it is diet pepsi, and on top of that I drink coffee so I've been concerned lately about how dependent I am on caffeine and I've been halfheartedly trying to cut down. I haven't had many issues yet in terms of stalled weight loss but who knows, it might be affecting me too. It has definitely given me pause, and more motivation to cut down at least. Thank you!


mandalinn82
11-08-2006, 02:28 PM
I've done a similar experiment, and had the opposite result. Eating the same, I tend to lose a little bit faster with diet sodas (maybe because they are pretty much my only source of caffeine?). They definitely are bad for some people, and not a problem for others. Lots of people start craving sweet foods after drinking them, and they can stall weight loss. I don't have any of these problems and lose just a little bit faster with them, so they work in well with my plan personally, and i still drink them. If they start causing a problem, I'll re-evaluate?

Don't know if it makes a difference, but I have very negative reactions to aspartame/saccharin, so the only sodas I drink are sweetened with Splenda.

lilybelle
11-08-2006, 02:34 PM
I had found that if I drink much diet soda, that the sodium will cause me to retain fluid and I won't lose wt. either. I do notice that drinking water will not cause me to retain as much and therefore I can maintain my weight easier. I like the sugar-free crystal lights that don't have sodium (there are a few of these kind) . Luckily I never acquired much of a taste for diet soda, it still isn't that great tasting to me.

Meg
11-08-2006, 02:44 PM
This is a great thread because it shows how important it is for all of us to be willing to experiment with our weight loss plans, rather than just taking someone else's word for what works and what doesn't.

The longer I'm here at 3FC, the more I appreciate how different everyone is and how there isn't any 'one size fits all' diet loss plan. Honestly, we all need to be willing to develop our own unique plan for life - and it will probably look different for each of us. :)

I'm one of those who have never been bothered by diet soda - heck, I lost 122 pounds in a year drinking two cans a day (and a pot of coffee a day!) so obviously they don't stall me. But Christina saw a big stall with diet sodas. It's not that one of us is 'right' and the other is 'wrong' ... it's just that we're all different.

If you suspect that diet soda (or coffee or peanut butter or whatever) slows down your weight loss, experiment! Cut it out and see what happens. But if you enjoy diet soda, don't feel like you need to eliminate it unless you're sure it's a problem for YOU. When it comes to weight loss, we're all our own 'laboratory of one'. :D

jillybean720
11-08-2006, 02:48 PM
I've never had a problem with diet sodas. There are times when I don't drink any at all (simply because I forget to buy it or I just don't have the desire), and there are times when I drink 4-5 cans a day. NEither has seem to have any impact on my ability to lose weight.

hmm, unless you are already eating a ton of sodium, I would think you would have to drink a LOT of diet soda for the sodium to have much of an effect, as there's typically only 35-50mg sodium per serving, which is only 1/48th of the recommended maximum sodium per day (2400mg).

The one thing I try to be careful about is to not drink soda instead of water. I do drink soda, but it is in addition to all my water for the day. I never count soda in my water total because I've read a few times now that between the carbonation, minimal sodium, and caffeine (which acts as a mild diuretic), soda removes just as much water from your body as it may cause youto retain, so it kinda "breaks even," if that makes sense.

mandalinn82
11-08-2006, 02:52 PM
Meg - :carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

I couldn't agree more.

jillybean720
11-08-2006, 02:57 PM
When it comes to weight loss, we're all our own 'laboratory of one'. :D
PERFECT...do you mind if I quote you on this? ;)

LittlePaperStars
11-08-2006, 02:59 PM
You still lose weight, it's just that it makes you retain water so the scale doesn't budge.

Meg
11-08-2006, 03:02 PM
PERFECT...do you mind if I quote you on this? ;)

Heck, no! ;)

jillybean720
11-08-2006, 03:46 PM
You still lose weight, it's just that it makes you retain water so the scale doesn't budge.
Again, this I don't understand. Caffeine is a diuretic (i.e., makes you pee!), and diet sodas contain so little sodium that unless you are drinking vast quantities a day, it shouldn't make much difference. Eating as healthfully as I try to, I could probably drink 10 cans of soda a day and still not go over my daily recommended sodium limit.

If there's some other reason soda might make you retain water, and I'm just completely oblivious, I definitely have my ears wide open :^:

sotypical
11-08-2006, 04:24 PM
WOW thats really interesting... I drink maybe a cup of diet soda a day... some days more some days less (more on the weekends thats for sure) - my weight loss is pretty steady... but I wonder what would happen if I cut it back even more. I see no point in cutting it out completely because I really drink so little.... but it would be intresting to see if my weight loss picks up....

LisaMarie71
11-08-2006, 04:34 PM
When I wasn't watching my caloric intake, I drank regular Coke like a fiend (all those calories are probably what heaped on most of the pounds!) When I'm watching my intake, like now and hopefully the rest of my life, I drink Diet Mountain Dew. I drink water too, of course, but I've never really liked drinking water with food. I don't mind drinking it with dessert or fruit, but with regular food it makes me kind of ill to drink water. Don't ask me to explain... :lol: Anyway, Diet Mtn Dew is my alternative because it's the only diet drink that doesn't taste horrific to me. Is it bad for me? Probably. Does it keep me on track with my calories without making me feel deprived? Yes, absolutely. I don't think it stalls my weight loss because I've had consistent losses every week, but as others have said, everyone is different. Oh, and I drink it with caffeine in the morning and then switch to caffeine-free at night.

Is anybody else like me with water? I don't know...when I drink it with food it grosses me out somehow. I drink it all day while I'm teaching, though, and while I'm working out, so I get plenty of it.

athenac
11-08-2006, 04:49 PM
I was raised on regular soda, then I switched to diet, and now I only drink green tea or water. Whenever I drank diet, I craved salt and that triggered a binge of salty snacks for me. So I think I'm better off without it although I still love the taste whenever I can get it.

dorrie r
11-08-2006, 05:12 PM
This is a great thread with lots of good information. I just joined the forum today. I drink a of diet soda and am having a hard time with losing weight.

Diet soda seems to trigger cravings for other foods for me, especially salty foods like chips. I'm relieved to hear I'm not the only person who has that problem.

I can't seem to find an alternative to diet soda that I like though. Regular soda has too many calories and flavored water doesn't have the carbonation and caffiene I crave.

dorrie

Zorak
11-08-2006, 05:34 PM
I quit drinking diet soda because it always made me hungry or if I was eating something I would overeat. Not only that ,but it dehydrated me and I hated drinking something and not having my thirst satisfied at all.

What worked for me was to drink a single can of the real stuff with dinner every night. Eventually though, as my diet improved, the soda became too sweet and I just quit drinking it altogether.

jcatron243
11-08-2006, 05:35 PM
athenac: you could have been writing for me! diet soda makes me crave salt. I could just eat an entire bottle of salt (ewww gross I know). I stay away from sodas for the most part, sometimes I just feel like I need it, when I do I have one. Anyway I think it has something to do with the carbonation that makes you bloat, but I am no scientist!

Thanks for sharing your story Christina!

jillybean720
11-08-2006, 08:56 PM
It is so interesting to see how the same thing can affect us all so differently. Soda does quench thirst for me--when I am really hot and thirsty, I LOVE sitting down with a big Sprite (although that's very rare now, as I typically only drink diet). It also doesn't trigger any cravings for me. In fact, if I'm feeling the munchies or a twinge of hunger between meals, I drink a soda and feel quite satisfied--I think the carbonation makes me feel full, so it actually helps me to eat less instead of more.

MoragMunch
11-08-2006, 10:08 PM
Say it ain't so ....

What about the Coke Zero? That has splenda, which is basically sugar without the calories, a little different than saccarine. Anybody know about this one?

Sojourner
11-09-2006, 02:03 AM
I drink a can or diet coke most days... sometimes two... and have steady weight losses each week. I do think it depends on the person and of course it is healthier NOT to have it and drink water or tea instead. I have been trying to minimize my intake just to be sure I am getting enough water. Its rather easy to have the diet coke instead of water which is certainly a no-no.

HarpoChicoGroucho
11-09-2006, 04:17 AM
When I wasn't watching my caloric intake, I drank regular Coke like a fiend (all those calories are probably what heaped on most of the pounds!) When I'm watching my intake, like now and hopefully the rest of my life, I drink Diet Mountain Dew. I drink water too, of course, but I've never really liked drinking water with food. I don't mind drinking it with dessert or fruit, but with regular food it makes me kind of ill to drink water. Don't ask me to explain... :lol: Anyway, Diet Mtn Dew is my alternative because it's the only diet drink that doesn't taste horrific to me. Is it bad for me? Probably. Does it keep me on track with my calories without making me feel deprived? Yes, absolutely. I don't think it stalls my weight loss because I've had consistent losses every week, but as others have said, everyone is different. Oh, and I drink it with caffeine in the morning and then switch to caffeine-free at night.

Is anybody else like me with water? I don't know...when I drink it with food it grosses me out somehow. I drink it all day while I'm teaching, though, and while I'm working out, so I get plenty of it.

I hate drinking water any time. The only time I don't mind it is when I'm really thirsty, and then it has to be room temperature too. If there's something I don't like more than water, it's cold water. It makes me feel sick to my stomach most of the time. But I do drink it because I know it's important for weight loss. And I NEVER drink water with my food unless I'm at a restaurant. I always drink Coke Zero with all of my meals. My body seems to reject any liquid that isn't sweetened.

But I agree with all other posters: you have to experiment to figure out whether or not diet pop is a benefit or a detriment to your weight loss. It never seemed to bother mine. I recycle cans and when I go to turn them in, I still get surprised about how much I drink.

And on another note, I never retain water from drinking pop! Even when I drink 3 or 4 cans in a day, I don't see the scale jump up. Even the frozen meals I eat with 25% of the RDV for sodium don't cause any retention.

jillybean720
11-09-2006, 06:20 AM
Say it ain't so ....

What about the Coke Zero? That has splenda, which is basically sugar without the calories, a little different than saccarine. Anybody know about this one?
#1, Coke Zero has aspartame (which I believe is Equal), not Splenda (which is sucralose).

#2, please do some more research on Splenda if you think it's just de-caloried sugar--they've been sued over the phrase, "Made from sugar so it tastes like sugar" (I think that's the phrase...something like that) because it is actually such a far cry from sugar and so little of the actual sugar remains once it's made that they've been accused of false advertising multiple times. It has plenty of chemicals in it, and in larger quantities, it does have some calories (not nearly as many as sugar, but some).

Anyway, regardless of the type of sweetener, have you read everyone else's posts here? Diet sodas affect people differently--some in a positive way and some negative. If you haven't had any negative effects, then don't worry about it ;)

rockinrobin
11-09-2006, 06:59 AM
Am I getting this right? - So basically it's not the soda itself that is slowing down the weightloss, but the cravings it brings on. Because if that's the case then you really can't say that diet soda slows down weightloss.

I am not a huge diet soda fan, but since I started my weightloss program and thankfully the weightloss has been quite steady, I do drink 1-2 glasses a day. For me, it gives me something sweet to "eat' without adding any calories. Thankfully it doesn't start any cravings for me, but if I realized that it did I would have to elminate it from my diet, which is easy for me to say, since like I said I am not a huge fan.

ravotrina
11-09-2006, 07:53 AM
I`m adicted to diet coke and haven`t affected my weight lost. I even ask my doctor and he says that i can drink all the diet soda i want

josie4
11-09-2006, 01:38 PM
Of course I could be wrong, but I don't see how a can of diet pop every couple days would halt your weightloss for a month. :?:

1TiredGradStudent
11-09-2006, 01:54 PM
Again, this I don't understand. Caffeine is a diuretic (i.e., makes you pee!), and diet sodas contain so little sodium that unless you are drinking vast quantities a day, it shouldn't make much difference. Eating as healthfully as I try to, I could probably drink 10 cans of soda a day and still not go over my daily recommended sodium limit.

If there's some other reason soda might make you retain water, and I'm just completely oblivious, I definitely have my ears wide open :^:


The diet soda I drink doesn't contain caffeine OR sodium, but it will still make me retain a bit because of the artificial sweetener - so it isn't really the minute amount of sodium in the soda, but rather the effects that the artificial sweeteners have on some people but not others.

jillybean720
11-09-2006, 02:02 PM
The diet soda I drink doesn't contain caffeine OR sodium, but it will still make me retain a bit because of the artificial sweetener - so it isn't really the minute amount of sodium in the soda, but rather the effects that the artificial sweeteners have on some people but not others.
hmm...I've heard often that artificial sweeteners affect people differently in regard to causing cravings and such, but I've never heard that artificial sweeteners could cause water retention. Good to know...

In this case, though, I would blame specifically the artifical sweeteners, not the diet soda in particular, ya know? I mean, if eating "sugar free" candy could cause the same reaction, then I find it unfair to blame diet soda, if that makes any sense.

I'd be interested to see an experiment where the diet sodas consumed for a month at a time contained aspartame, then Splenda-sweetened sodas for a month, then NutraSweet (the one with saccharrine) for a month, and then no soda at all. Then you could tell if it was really the soda or just a particular type of sweetener that was affecting you, ya know? Of course, I doubt any of us would like to spend 4 months experimenting like this--I know I wouldn't :dizzy:

butterfly_dreams
11-10-2006, 02:44 PM
Of course I could be wrong, but I don't see how a can of diet pop every couple days would halt your weightloss for a month. :?:

Yep, it did for me. It was making me crave bad foods AND retain water. Yep, I think I'll be staying away from fake sugars for a while.

Beach Patrol
11-10-2006, 03:09 PM
I cannot stand the taste of diet sodas... blech!! If I want a soda, I'll have a regular soda.

I used to have a really bad 6+ soda habit a day. That was about 15 years ago. I cut it down to 2 per day because of severe headaches (doc suggested I severely limit my caffiene intake) and coincidentally lost 3 pounds without even trying. Then I cut it to one per day, then I just started drinking nothing but water & occasionally tea. Now I have a soda every now & then; sometimes I will go thru what I call a Soda BreakDown - when I just crave soda & drink it as much as I like. Then after a couple weeks, I get tired of it (or have conquered my craving, LOL) and go right back to water. I drink (on average) 64 oz water per day. I love water. Which is good! :D

BTW, I've read (in many different articles) that by simply cutting soda from your diet, you can lose up to 15 pounds in a year without changing your diet or exercise program by any other means. Whaddya know! :dizzy:

buckettgirl
11-10-2006, 04:54 PM
First of all - whatever works for you, stick with it.
:soap:
Diet pop does not make you gain weight. I get so tired of hearing that. Most of the time, I see people say that when they are not being honest with themselves about what they are eating. Calories in vs. Calories out... diet pop has NO CALORIES - Physiologically impossible to gain fat from drinking diet pop.
Retaining water is not the same as gaining weight and the terms shouldn't be used interchangably. Even if the sodium in the diet pop causes water retention, over time, the body adjusts to a higher sodium intake and balances water and electrolytes. This negates any initial water retention.
Caffeine can cause insulin release which may account for cravings - however, if you CHOOSE to eat because you have cravings, any weight gained has nothing to do with diet pop, it has to do with you.

I have quit drinking regular pop on 2 different occasions in the last 7 years. Each time, I switched to diet pop. I lost about 10lbs in a week and half each time.
Now, I gained 100lbs while drinking diet pop and eating EVERYTHING I could get my hands on; diet pop had nothing to do with it.
So, I have lost 78lbs since June 7th. Diet pop is my last vice and I refuse to give it up. My daily fluid intake usually consists of 3 liters of diet pop. It has neither slowed my loss nor caused me to gain.

If drinking diet pop isn't any good for you, then don't drink it. But don't come here, without any unbiased, reliable true research and give people the idea that it will cause weight gain. Meg's post was right about experimenting to see what is right for you.