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Does diet soda have negative affects on weight loss?

Ok, I really like drinking diet soda especially when I am trying to shed a few pounds because it takes some of the edge off of being hungry. I usually have between 1 and 2 cans a day. I know that soda does not have any calories, but I still feel like a may be sabatoging my weight loss.

Tue. May 2, 3:34pm

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I have read that the artifical sweetners in diet sodas tricks the brain into thinking it is still hungry

Tuesday, May 02, 2006, 3:37 PM

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I agree with 3:37. If you could get them completely out of your diet I think you'd see a difference in a few weeks. I was the same way and once I got them out I really started to see a difference and now I won't touch one! Try getting 2-3 snacks in your day so you beat that hungry feeling. Good Luck!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006, 4:09 PM

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I have a Diet Coke just about every day (just one, though) and have reached my goal size -- and am still losing -- and with the support of my PeerTrainer buddies it has been a pretty quick and painless process, even. So I don't have the feeling that a moderate amount of diet soda has held me back at all.


Tuesday, May 02, 2006, 4:14 PM

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Also, some folks get bloated from the carbonation and/or sodium which is also rather counterproductive when you're looking for results.

Personally I find that I crave salty and somewhat greasy foods to go with my soda (also adding to the H2O retention), so I have 1 in the morning as my wake up and try to stay away from it the rest of the day. I used to drink 6 per day so cutting back to 1 was a huge deal and while I'm not ready to give it up for good, I do find that it was a good step to take. As I grow accustomed to other liquids and find replacements that I like I expect I will eventually give up that one too.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006, 4:22 PM

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Diet Soda has sodium... however it has about aas much sodium as a pretzel. If you want to stay away from artificial sweetners or dark liquids... or carbination, then it makes sense. But if its something you enjoy, use in moderation and see as a reward or even something you just refuse to budge on then there is no sense in cutting it out for sodium reasons. Although it does have other ingredients, soda (just like other beverages) is mainly water. It's the amounts of the other ingredients that can slow down your diet so just be sensible... just like you would with sodium in your diet. Not bad for you, but use it sparingly

Tuesday, May 02, 2006, 4:27 PM

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Another thing: Sodas (sugar or not) have an adverse effect on the body's ability to use and retain calcium. So it affects your bone density.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006, 4:45 PM

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Caffeine speeds up your metabolism.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006, 5:02 PM

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I used to drink lots of diet soda and now I don't really like them any more. I have learned to love water. I think most nutrition experts do not like diet soda for a lot of reasons, but I think if you must a can or two a day isn't too bad. Check out the sodium content, I think this varies from brand to brand. If it's caffiene you need try iced tea, make it yourself and add a little lemon; you can use green or black tea and experiment with different flavors. Tea has lots of antioxidents.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006, 5:27 PM

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a couple a day

No it won't impede weight loss in moderation. It helps me feel full, revs up my metabolism, and helps me get over my snack attacks.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006, 2:05 PM

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Soda and Calcium

Great point. So don't take your calcium supplements with carbonated beverages!!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006, 3:44 PM

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