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Coke Zero- will I gain weight?


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I am craving something sweet. If I drink 2-3 cups of Coke Zero a day, will it affect my weight loss in the long term? 

I mean, I know its 0 calories, but will the sodium make me retain water and gain weight slightly?

And is it unhealthy?

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biggest problem with fake sugar is that it won't sate your sugar craving.  

oh yeah - and then there's that chemical-not-food issue.

but honestly: deal with the sugar craving.  a craving is like a toddler's tantrum: every time you give in to it, you reinforce it.

Yes, the added sodium will make you retain water.

Homework assignment: google "aspartame".

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Snopes.com has debunked the false claims against aspartame; however, 'girasi' is right. Try just drinking icy cold water instead of diet drinks for a week.  You will find the water actually wenches your thirst far better than diet sodas. The salt in diet sodas keeps you drinking more and it is all empty calories with no reward.

Try freezing berries (strawberries, or blackberries or blueberries, you pick) and making a slushy. You get all the nutrients and the sweet tooth addressed. Sure there are calories, but look at all the great nutrients you get!

Or if you can find one, look for a fruit syrup, the real thing (no high fructose corn syrup please). Add just enough fruit syrup to water to take care of that sweet tooth. I use Truvia when I need 'sugar' on fruit and sometimes Splenda (its cheaper).

Just remember to count the calories and adjust your activity, and you will be fine.

 

Ok thanks guys

Ha, love the avatar girasi

Original Post by kotov_syndrome:

Yes, the added sodium will make you retain water.

Homework assignment: google "aspartame".

 coke zero doesn't contain aspartame.  it's what makes it different from diet coke.

however, OP, is it unhealthy?  yep.  well...it's not healthy, anyways.  

According to wiki coke zero does have aspartame.

Coke Zero is sweetened with a combination of aspartame and acesulfame potassium (Ace-K). Coke Zero is the same basic formula as classic Coke while Diet Coke is a different formula completely. Diet Coke is sweetened with aspartame only. There are unsubstantiated theories (at least by Coca Cola) that the unsuccessful release of Coke Two or new Coke was actually the formula for Diet Coke, just sweetened with the classic sugar combination.

oh okay, my bad.  i have quite a few mis-informed friends then.  :P

Original Post by starlitocean:

Original Post by kotov_syndrome:

Yes, the added sodium will make you retain water.

Homework assignment: google "aspartame".

 coke zero doesn't contain aspartame.  it's what makes it different from diet coke.

however, OP, is it unhealthy?  yep.  well...it's not healthy, anyways.  

 I beg to differ. I checked a bottle specifically. Diet Coke and Coke Zero both contain it.

suzit, I've never heard of that website. Is it the only place where you've found that information?

Drinking diet drinks don't make you fat... it's what you eat after ward when your body starting wanting more "sweetness" that causes you to gain weight. Yes, fake sugars aren't healthy but if you can control yourself after you drink diet drinks then you shouldn't gain weight from drinking them.

girasi, have you ever tried Diet Rite ? I think it is one of the diet sodas that DOESN'T contain aspartame!

Never tried that, do they sell these in grocery shops?

PS. I brought 2 bottles of Diet Snapple today (Peach and Lemon Tea). What about these Snapple drinks, are they as bad as Diet Coke?

They do contain Aspartame

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Here is WebMD's take on 7 controversies. Aspartame is on page 2.

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/the-truth- about-seven-common-food-additives

Original Post by suzit47:

Here is WebMD's take on 7 controversies. Aspartame is on page 2.

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/the-truth- about-seven-common-food-additives

 Thanks.

I'm pretty sure they sell Diet Rite at most stores, try a Wal-Mart or maybe even Publix.. ??

Cool I'll definitely look into it next time I go to Wal-Mart or any store! 

But...there's no case of weight gain from Diet coke / Diet snapple before...has there? :D

Original Post by girasi:

Cool I'll definitely look into it next time I go to Wal-Mart or any store! 

But...there's no case of weight gain from Diet coke / Diet snapple before...has there? :D

I don't know of any, but you should definitely research it. I personally don't think it could be good for you. I prefer water, green tea, even iced tea with real natural sugar, or even those flavored waters. I use those when I want to have a cocktail too! http://www.cvcoffee.com/prod_images_blowup/Aq uafina-Splash-Bottles1.jpg

Some interesting reads for you:
http://www.emaxhealth.com/11/586.html
http://www.screaming-penguin.com/node/6475

Original Post by gaat:

Ha, love the avatar girasi

Oh haha :) That's to finally getting myself to be fitter, healthier and within a healthy BMI by changing my lifestyle! 

Original Post by must_lose20:

Original Post by girasi:

Cool I'll definitely look into it next time I go to Wal-Mart or any store! 

But...there's no case of weight gain from Diet coke / Diet snapple before...has there? :D

I don't know of any, but you should definitely research it. I personally don't think it could be good for you. I prefer water, green tea, even iced tea with real natural sugar, or even those flavored waters. I use those when I want to have a cocktail too! http://www.cvcoffee.com/prod_images_blowup/Aq uafina-Splash-Bottles1.jpg

Some interesting reads for you:
http://www.emaxhealth.com/11/586.html
http://www.screaming-penguin.com/node/6475

Wow thank you so much for those links...very strong view points indeed.

"When it comes to losing fat, it is more about how much sugar (or sugar substitute) you consume rather than calories or dietary fat intake. " 

Hmm, I thought all calories were equal...even if they are from sugar. Its just some calories contain more additional benefits (eg vitamins, minerals) than others, a case being sugar vs. honey. 

And the Aquafina looks good! :)

Original Post by must_lose20:

Original Post by girasi:

Cool I'll definitely look into it next time I go to Wal-Mart or any store! 

But...there's no case of weight gain from Diet coke / Diet snapple before...has there? :D

I don't know of any, but you should definitely research it. I personally don't think it could be good for you. I prefer water, green tea, even iced tea with real natural sugar, or even those flavored waters. I use those when I want to have a cocktail too! http://www.cvcoffee.com/prod_images_blowup/Aq uafina-Splash-Bottles1.jpg

Some interesting reads for you:
http://www.emaxhealth.com/11/586.html
http://www.screaming-penguin.com/node/6475

Both of those links are pretty useless as far as proving a drink with 0 calories will cause people to gain weight. The first link says that diet coke elicits an insulin response therefore inhibiting fat loss....total bunk we need calories as well as a sweet taste in pop to elicit an insulin response. Drinking milk will elicit a big insulin response and it has calories or having some fruit in that meal will also cause an insulin response so does that mean we should not eat any food that affects insulin so it doesn't inhibit fat oxidation? Fish will create an insulin response almost equal to carbs so I guess we better not eat fish. The second study basically says people that drink diet coke will eat more food overall..........c'mon this is not proof it's just saying that fat people will find any excuse to eat more food.......studies also show that people will eat more full fat yogurt if they're told it's 0 fat.............Of course the thin or normal weight population that consume lots of diet drinks will show none of the correlations that all these studies refer to and that's because they don't overeat...not because they don't consume diet drinks............I shouldn't have had that diet coke with my 2 quarter pounders....large fries...and the apple turnover for lunch......who would have known it was that evil diet coke that causes me to not burn fat and caused weight gain. j/k

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