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crystal light and the negative effect on weight loss.


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hi, a friend of mine told me about a girl at her gym. she was struggling to lose weight and her trainer told her to quit the crystal lite she did for 3 months and lost 20lbs. before that she was losing only about 3- 4 a month.

i love crystal lite ice tea.... drink about 2 liters or more a day. gave it up and monday and boy oh boy am i grumpy. drinking water and green tea. need other suggestions for low calorie drinks that don't have aspartame in them thanks tammy.

Edited Feb 16 2008 19:41 by nycgirl
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I'll let you on a litte secret.  It's called Kombucha.  It's not as low calorie as crystal light, but's reasonable.  Depending on the flavor its normally between 60-70 calories per bottle.  The bottles are 16oz.  Let me tell you these drinks are a little vingery but if you can get past the first few days you are good as gold.  If fact they become a bit addictive.  They do have some floaty things in them but you don't really notice that when your drinking.  (Floaty things=Kumbucha).  Kumbucha is a Japanese mushrooom that is fermented for 30 days.  (i know its wounds gross its not that bad).  It's been used in tea in japan for hundreds of years.

It's not for everyone, but it is very filling, I feel better drinking it. All my friends who have started drinking at have lost weight on it.  Some where trying and some weren't.  We all basically drink it for health reasons.  It claims to detoxify, etc.  I just know I feel better when I drink them.  I try and drink 1 per day.  They are expensive about 3 -4$ a bottle.  The brand is Synergy and the specific drink is Komucha.  They come in multiple flavors.  You can find them at Whole foods in the refridgerated drinks.

drink your water with a little lemon or lime or both squeezed in.
You know, I was just looking through this, I started drinking the crystal light, and the generic one that has no calories, and I have stopped loosing weight, I have been doing so well and 3 weeks ago, I came to a stand still.....I never thought about that before, I will have to stop drinking it. 
I mix 100% juice with sparkling water. It's very tasty.
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I need more information. I think it is too easy to just blame a drink or other food for stalling weight loss. I drink Crytal Light on the Go mixed in with my water... I usually dilute it a lot...so one pack to a liter or more of water. I have lost 15.5lbs as of my morning weigh in. I do not drink it everyday, but most days. The other options are good...especially the juice and sparkling water...like that too. However, I would caution people in to "blame the food". There are a lot of other variables, that could have impacted her weight loss... not just the crystal light.
Crystal Lite is made with artificial sweeteners.

There was a thread on here regarding a news article on CNN about how artificial sweeteners may actually cause the body to not metabolize foods correctly. So,  there you go.
Vitamin Water has 50 calories a glass, and NO artificial sweeteners in it. I've only had the lemonade one but it was very refreshing and gave my vitamin intake a boost.
A splash of 100% juice really adds flavor to your water, without a lot of calories... My favorite is apple juice, it seriously is so good!  But can be addictive and make it hard to drink plain water.
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Vitamin Water has 50 calories a glass, and NO artificial sweeteners in it. I've only had the lemonade one but it was very refreshing and gave my vitamin intake a boost.

 

I have tried most of the Vitamin Waters and really liked them, but an alternative is the Kirkland Signature Vita Rain flavored waters from Coscto.  They are very similar, but have no calories at all.  I drink those daily because I'm bad at drinking water, and they make me feel great and they taste really good. 

I've only been doing this for a couple weeks, but drinking those instead of diet sodas and Crystal Light, I have lost 6 pounds in 2 weeks (although that is fairly aggressive weight loss!).

I was drinking Crystal Light like crazy for a while and ended up suffering from a lot of side effects, so I threw it all away.  I tend to stay away from that kind of thing now.

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thank you, i am not saying the crystal lite is the cause of me not losing weight just that i was told that if you have allot of aspartame then your body thinks its getting sugar and gets confused. i was seriously drinking allot 2-4 liters at least a day. i am grumpy and miss it. i have made up my mind 2 months to see if it will make a difference for me.

 

thanks i'll try the lemon, the vitamin water and the juice with water and sparkling water. cheers and thank for all you support tammy.

I'd be really interested to hear from others about any experiences w/Crystal Light and its effects (or lack thereof) on weight loss.  I drink it ALL the time!  Maybe I should stop...
Original Post by salgal80:

Original Post by kajikit:

Vitamin Water has 50 calories a glass, and NO artificial sweeteners in it. I've only had the lemonade one but it was very refreshing and gave my vitamin intake a boost.

 

I have tried most of the Vitamin Waters and really liked them, but an alternative is the Kirkland Signature Vita Rain flavored waters from Coscto.  They are very similar, but have no calories at all.  I drink those daily because I'm bad at drinking water, and they make me feel great and they taste really good. 

I've only been doing this for a couple weeks, but drinking those instead of diet sodas and Crystal Light, I have lost 6 pounds in 2 weeks (although that is fairly aggressive weight loss!).

I was drinking Crystal Light like crazy for a while and ended up suffering from a lot of side effects, so I threw it all away.  I tend to stay away from that kind of thing now.

Kirkland Signature has no calories because it is artificially sweetened the same way Crystal Lite is. Look at the ingredients!

I used to comsume too much Crystal Lite. I just started thinking it probably wasn't good to have so much aspartame so I decided to look for alternatives. At first I was taking cut up lemons and limes to work, which was ok. Then later I found True Lime in the grocery store right near the crystal light and nestea singles. True Lime is great because it is just as easy to take with you as the other singles. It is 0 calories and 40 packets for about $5. It has no artificial sweetners. It is a crystalized lime subsitute for water, beverages and recipies. There is also True Lemon, but I prefer the lime.

Ingredients :

Citric acid is a weak organic acid found in citrus fruits. It is a natural preservative and is also used to add an acidic (sour) taste to foods and soft drinks.

Lactose (also referred to as milk sugar) is a sugar which is found most notably in milk.

Dried Lime Juice It’s a whole lime that’s been dried out.

Lime oil is extracted from Citrus aurantifolia (also known as Citrus medica var. acida and C. latifolia) This clear smelling citrus oil can help lift depression and lighten your mood when feeling blue. It is used to fight cellulite and to tone the skin in general.

maltodextrin either can be moderately sweet or have hardly any flavor at all. Maltodextrin is a complex carbohydrate that is used as a food additive, produced from starch (usually rice, corn, potato or wheat). It is easily digestible, being absorbed as rapidly as simple sugars.

Ascorbic acid is a sugar acid with antioxidant properties. Ascorbic acid and its sodium, potassium, and calcium salts are commonly used as antioxidant food additives.
tlm, Im glad you pointed out the findings because the specifics are important.  I suspect this could be an issue with some feeling more hunger because the body's preparing for food.

Not me though.  Ive lost 100+ lbs to date and live on walmart's version of it, drinking much.  Some people dont have issue with carbs but the make me really hungry several hours later so I limit them and restrict myself to good ones.  Its an insulin thing but if artificial sweetners cause one to feel more hungry, I could believe that.  I just know how many dieters succeed on artificially sweetened drinks and desserts to think its a universal problem.
I keep a jug of water with lemon or lime in it for the day and it's quite good. If you leave it for a while the lemon/lime really flavour the water.
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I am so sick of hearing how artificial sweetener makes you gain weight.  I am a size zero or sometimes a one, and I drink tons of diet soda and eat tons of artificially sweetened foods.  They are much better for weight-loss than foods containing sugar.  Remember....real sugar = tons of calories.  One cup of sugar has 720 calories, one cup of splenda has only 96, but it is ultimately up to the individual which choice to make.  They only justifiable argument I could see for artificial sweetener making a person gain weight is if it increases their cravings for sugar and then they go out and eat sugary foods.  But if you have the willpower to avoid sugary foods, then it shouldn't be a problem.
Original Post by kiti1786:

I am so sick of hearing how artificial sweetener makes you gain weight.  I am a size zero or sometimes a one, and I drink tons of diet soda and eat tons of artificially sweetened foods.  They are much better for weight-loss than foods containing sugar.  Remember....real sugar = tons of calories.  One cup of sugar has 720 calories, one cup of splenda has only 96, but it is ultimately up to the individual which choice to make.  They only justifiable argument I could see for artificial sweetener making a person gain weight is if it increases their cravings for sugar and then they go out and eat sugary foods.  But if you have the willpower to avoid sugary foods, then it shouldn't be a problem.

I don't think it makes anyone gain weight either. I'm quite skinny as well and I drink my fair share of diet coke. ALthough I DO think that aspartame should be avoided for health reasons.  Everything causes cancer these days, I'm sure you can add that to the list.

It's very wishy washy and I think people need to make the decision for themselves. No one can tell you -that is going to kill you- or -that is going to make you fat-

Self-judgement. I think a lot of people on this site think that if they plug a problem into the forum someone is going to tell them the answer to end all. But it's not like that. It's about finding what works for you and going with it. Ask for tips, not answers even the FCC can't answer!!!

 

I completely agree people just want to someone else to justify what they think is the problem in their mind.. They just want to basically hear someone else tell them what they want the answer to be to there question. The answer is EXCESS CALORIES CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN.. its as simple as that.. no artificial sweeteners

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