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Cutting out aspartame, will it really make a difference?

Hey all, I have been an avid diet soda drinker for years. Now I am trying to lose weight . I have avoided aspartame, splenda, etc for a week now, and just drink tea sweetened with stevia.
I know there are a couple of threads on this, but, does it really make a difference in weight if you've been consuming a lot of aspartame, to stop it cold? I haven't noticed anything so far...although my cravings for carbs are a little better.

Fri. Feb 9, 8:42pm

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I am wondering the same thing. I have heard that the artificial sweeteners just make things worse by making you hungrier/unable to taste real sugar so you want MORE, yet they are in so many of my lower calorie foods that i eat (ff yogurt, diet soda, flavored water, etc.) I really like drinking carbonated drinks to fill me up (works better than plain water) but if it's working against me than maybe I should switch... There is so many varying concepts on this it's hard to know what to believe!

Saturday, February 10, 2007, 9:47 AM

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I am a type 1 diabetic and thought I was doing the right things by drinking diet sodas, teas, etc.
I was recently in icu with an aggravated low blood sugar. While in there my dr. saw a can of diet soda sitting on my table. He asked if I drank a lot of this and I said yes. He showed me that it contained a product called phenylketonurics. As most diabetics suffer from ketone problems I was shocked to see this added to diet products. I also noticed that all that had this, also had aspartame. Which, by the way, the dr. told me can make you fat.
Well .. I have completely stopped anything with this in and am waiting to see if it makes a difference.
Just wanted to say this because I am sure I am not the only overweight diabetic out there thinking we are doing the right things. Look up phenylketonurics.... I think you will also be shocked.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 8:45 AM

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YES YES YES YES! I found out I have an allergy to aspertame. I have not had aspertaime for 6 months and completely feel different! I do not have brain fog, fatigue, leg pain, muscle weakness. I've also dropped weight from giving up diet pop. I feel great!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 10:01 AM

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I've noticed this - I sure don't pair soda (diet or otherwise) or any 'sweet' drink with anything healthy. I crave salty, greasy, heavy foods when I drink soda and light, crisp, clean flavors with water. Whether or not it has aspartame or sugar makes no difference in the foods it goes with. In fact it has become a quick litmus test - 'do I want soda with this? must not be terribly healthy.' (and it's usually not)

It sure has made a difference for me.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 10:12 AM

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i would like to work on my diet soda/flavored water addiction just to see if it helps. Right now I have either a diet soda or flavored water once a day. A friend told me to use seltzer w/ a splash of juice. Going to try it this week!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 10:30 AM

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I dont really think it makes a difference on the diet front but it might make you bloat. I have terrible IBS like symptoms when I have anything with it in! I try to avoid it all together. I found this out whilst eating STUTE jam (diabetic) it make me very poorly! i looked pregnant at one point. Which didnt do much for my figure!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 11:48 AM

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I have been trying to cut back on the diet soda, but have now found it "necessary" to have a coffee in the morning to get my caffeine. otherwise, I seem to have a headache all day. any suggestions?

Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 11:53 AM

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I think that aspartame and a lot of diet and FF products promote the type of eating and drinking that I am trying to train myself out of. Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy food and a good meal is tops in my books. But I'm looking to teach myself to eat what & when I need food for fuel not to find things that I can eat that don't translate into calories once inside my body.

I've gone completely in the opposite direction since I've started concentrating on healthy eating. I now use whole cane sugar, in moderation of course and have tried to eliminate processed and fake sugar and foods in general.

Not only do I feel better and enjoy food so much more, but I'm absolutely seeing success at the scale.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 12:09 PM

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I'm with you 12:09--since discovering a load of food allergies for myself and my daughter, I cook more like I was living in the 50's with fresh foods and making things from scratch. I would rather have a few extra calories from wholesome, natural sugar than pile on the chemicals from processed junk.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 2:25 PM

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11:53- I don't think it's really a big deal to have a coffee in the morning (as long as you don't load it up with cream and sugar). Coffee has a lot of benefits, like antioxidants.

If you really want to cut it out though, then ease back slowly so your body will get used to being without the caffeine gradually. That should help with the headaches.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 9:02 PM

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