Post # 1
I know that this might seem a really silly question to many of you, but I don’t quite understand. There’s no sugar and no calories in DIET sodas (which I happen to be addicted to), so what’s the problem?
I am eating healthier than usual and working out a ton (for the past couple of weeks). I know that I am “supposed” to drink a lot of water and stop or greatly reduce my diet soda consumption, but WHY!?!?
…oh, and don’t worry about offending me for my stupidity. I want a kick in the butt to lose the flab! 🙂
Post # 3
They’re not! Technically they’re bad FOR you since there’s chemicals and crap in them, but nobody ever DIDN’T lose weight because they drank Diet Coke. And yes, water will flush your system out better and help you lose weight faster, but Diet Coke won’t cause you to gain or anything.
Post # 4
The sugars in regular pop gives your body a sense of being “full”.
Diet pop has artificial sweenters, like aspertame. Those type of sweetners leave your body craving something more, which often leads to eating/snacking on more calories than you would have by just drinking regular non-diet pop.
Not to mention aspertame is just evil anyway:
Post # 5
I’ve read that your body doesn’t know how to metabolize the fake sugar, and interprets it the same way as regular sugar- spikes your insulin, makes you crave food more, makes you crave sugar more. I would have to go in search of a reference for that, though.
Post # 6
I’m also an addict, so I’ve tried to read up on this. This article explains a few of the possible reasons why diet soda drinkers struggle more with losing weight, but the actual reason has yet to be proven.
I think it’s important to realize that correlation does not equal causation, though. A good example of that is the pirates/global warming correlation. Of course global warming isn’t responsible for the number of pirates, or vice versa. It’s easy to see a correlation between things and assume they’re linked, but it isn’t always that simple. Sorry if this wasn’t the kick in the butt you wanted. 😉
Post # 7
I just think of it as having icky chemicals that are not that great for you. (Love my scientific explanation?) It’s been shown to have bad effects on diabetics that drink them. I could look up the articles right now, but I am feeling lazy!
Post # 8
Haha, you guys are funny. Pirates and icky chemicals!
No matta, I know its bad and I do appreciate the semi – scientific explanations. Was just dying for a diet coke and I filled up my water bottle instead 🙂 Baby steps…
Post # 9
If you like the fizzy drinks, try switching to Izze. It’s 70% fruit juice mixed with sparkling water. Yes, it has calories, but it’s far healthier than any type of pop, be it regular or diet.
Post # 10
@abbyful: I just asked my husband to go downstairs and get me an Izze’s! Blackberry is my favorite followed by pomegranate.
Post # 11
@abbyful: That’s really great to know! I had always wondered exactly what Izzes are!
Post # 12
If you like bubbly, try making your own fizzy drink. Juice something like strawberries and pineapple together and add sparkling water. 🙂
This wont taste very sugary, so if you wish, you can add a touch of whatever sweetener you feel comfortable using.
Post # 13
@MissBoston: Actually sugar substitutes don’t spike insulin. Carbohydrates (which sugar is) are what spike insulin. You could be thinking of corn syrup. Corn syrup is metabolized like sugar because it’s essentially a sugar derivative.
Possibly the reason some people don’t lose weight when drinking diet sodas is because they litterally have zero nutritional value and perhaps it leaves you craving more, which leads to overeating.
Post # 14
I’ve heard that the artificial sweetener is difficult to digest and can cause bloating (as would the carbonation obviously).
I still drink diet soda though…I only have a can once every other day or so and back off before big events (like my wedding!)