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Does diet coke cause you to stop losing weight or anything? Would it be ok to drink one a day and not effect weight loss?
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I have found that when I slipped in a few days of only 1 soft drink , I actually gained! Even though I was still under my calorie limit! I went back to water,tea or koolaid to satisfy that craving. And it kicked in some major sweet cravings!

I don't see any difference when I drink diet coke. Some people see it as a way to 'cut back on calories' and go eat more of something awful nutritionally so maybe all that extra treats add up. 

No, but it's not good to drink often. 

More water, tea, and seltzer instead. Flavor with a squeeze of citrus. 

I can't tell you if diet pop will affect weight-loss or not,  as I don't drink it,  but some research has shown that artificial sweeteners increase your body's cravings for other sweet things.  And cravings for other sweet things could certainly affect your weight-loss success!  (One thing I have noticed about pop -- diet and regular -- is that it makes me feel bloated and thirsty!!)

My advice -- get rid of as much "fake food" in your diet and eat real stuff.  Diet pop is just weird chemicals -- and people's bodies didn't evolve over the millenia to handle that kind of stuff.  Water is the best drink you can drink,  and a lot of anecdotal evidence suggests drinking a lot of water helps people lose weight.  Good luck!

Soft drinks will make you gain weight in general just because of the loads of sugar and calories they have that you don't need on top of the food we eat. But diet soft drinks are even WORSE.

The artificial sweeteners in diet sodas create a negative hormonal response in the body that increases hormone production for fat storage. It also increases cravings for more sweets and refined carbohydrates after you drink it making it even harder to make healthier choices in other areas.

So basically not only does it inhibit weight loss chemically in your body but also can increase the weight gain AND it makes your brain want more sweets. Just stay away from it.. farrr away from it.

Drinking diet drinks are absolutely fine. They can make you bloated which initially can cause a jump in the scale but will go back down. The plus point though, is the gassiness of the drink makes you feel fuller. It is best to drink one with your meal so you feel satisfied at the end of the meal, to avoid eating more food than you intended to.
Original Post by screaminganorexic:

Drinking diet drinks are absolutely fine. They can make you bloated which initially can cause a jump in the scale but will go back down. The plus point though, is the gassiness of the drink makes you feel fuller. It is best to drink one with your meal so you feel satisfied at the end of the meal, to avoid eating more food than you intended to.


If allyou are going for is a feeling of a full stomach,  water will do the same thing for you,  without all the nasty side effects.  Really craving pop once or twice a month?  Ok  have a diet one.  But if you drink pop everyday (even diet)  that is a habit to break.... not "absolutely fine."

Original Post by screaminganorexic:

Drinking diet drinks are absolutely fine. They can make you bloated which initially can cause a jump in the scale but will go back down. The plus point though, is the gassiness of the drink makes you feel fuller. It is best to drink one with your meal so you feel satisfied at the end of the meal, to avoid eating more food than you intended to.

Uhhh.. I advise anyone that reads that to completely ignore it, as it is 100% incorrect.

Soda is one of those things that, no matter how you look at it, has absolutely NO health benefits. You could say juice is good because it has vitamins, though it's "bad" because it is high in sugar. You could say things like that for a LOT of foods/drinks. But NOT for soda.

Soda is just empty calories. Diet soda just tricks your brain into making you eat more. Oh and have you looked at the rest of the fake, lab-made ingredients in soda? Yeah, those aren't good for you either.

It's like saying smoking cigarettes is healthy.

Original Post by bleuatre:

Soft drinks will make you gain weight in general just because of the loads of sugar and calories they have that you don't need on top of the food we eat. But diet soft drinks are even WORSE.

The artificial sweeteners in diet sodas create a negative hormonal response in the body that increases hormone production for fat storage. It also increases cravings for more sweets and refined carbohydrates after you drink it making it even harder to make healthier choices in other areas.

So basically not only does it inhibit weight loss chemically in your body but also can increase the weight gain AND it makes your brain want more sweets. Just stay away from it.. farrr away from it.

Uhh..what is this "negative hormonal response" that diet drinks cause? Do you have a study that you can link that explains this?  What substance in a diet drink causes this mysterious hormone to be released? Is it the artificial sweetener? Because different diet drinks have different forms of artificial sweetener.

And only some people have increased cravings for sugar after drinking a diet drink. I know I don't. I drink a diet pop probably 5 times a week and I've lost 68 pounds, I'm healthy, and I don't crave sweets after drinking them.

To anyone that posted negative things about diet drinks, if you don't like them then you shouldn't drink them. I agree that they have no nutritional value, but who cares? Many things that we consume have no nutritional value. Everything is fine in moderation.

To the poster, drinking diet drinks WILL NOT have a negative effect on your weight loss unless you consume more calories, too.

There's no denying that diet soda contains less calories than regular soda. However, it is filled with health-draining chemicals like caffeine, artificial sweeteners, sodium, and phosporic acid.

The artificial sweeteners are known to cause weight gain. Although, as of this time, I can't find any scientific study to prove that claim. 

Does anyone know?

Original Post by jared767:

There's no denying that diet soda contains less calories than regular soda. However, it is filled with health-draining chemicals like caffeine, artificial sweeteners, sodium, and phosporic acid.

The artificial sweeteners are known to cause weight gain. Although, as of this time, I can't find any scientific study to prove that claim. 

Does anyone know?

You are looking at it the wrong way. Artificial sweeteners themselves don't cause the weight-gain. Artificial sweeteners interact with specific areas of your brain which "trick" your brain into making you consume more calories. This is how some people gain weight.

I'll post links to research later, don't have time right now.

How many calories are in artificial sweetners anyway. The diet pepsi can I am looking at right now says it has zero calories, 35 mg. of sodium and nothing else. So if we are dieting by the counting calories how can a diet soda cause you to gain wt. Really!
Original Post by momnextdoor:

How many calories are in artificial sweetners anyway. The diet pepsi can I am looking at right now says it has zero calories, 35 mg. of sodium and nothing else. So if we are dieting by the counting calories how can a diet soda cause you to gain wt. Really!

Artificial sweeteners have 0 calories. They don't make you gain weight. They make you eat more than you would had you not consumed them. THAT'S what makes you gain weight.

Sheesh, why is everyone on this site so link crazy? I gave some information trying to be helpful, if you find it useful and want to know more or about the truth/origins of it then look it up yourself. I'm not a flippin' data base or a reference page at the end of an essay.

And as for your experience, well of course you might not. Everyone is different so you can never say 100% that all people will have this effect or that symptom. Everything reacts in people's body differently. Good for you! So happy you enjoy so much diet coke.

But who is to say you might not have lost weight better without drinking diet coke? Or that maybe you do have more cravings but they are so slight in you that you don't particularly notice them or your will power is stronger than others. Maybe just overall it doesn't have that much effect on you. But that doesn't mean it will react in everyone else the same as you. There are so many factors, saying something like, "it won't effect you this way because it doesn't effect me this way" is absolutely ridiculous. Everyone is different. Everyone is effected by things differently. That would be like saying, "I'm not allergic to peanut butter so no one else is either."

Okay, so I was a little grumpy this morning (so I apologize for that) since I just woke up and had to go run and take a test but now I have time so I'd like to try and clarify a little bit what I was saying before.

Of course you wouldn't see the effects of it immediately or even at all in the right circumstances, especially if you already have quite a bit of weight on you or you are losing weight. If you research it, you will find that studies show people who drink diet drinks tend to be much flabbier than people who don't. Over a period of time, people who drink diet soda tend to have a higher fat percentage than those who don't. This is what I was saying before about an increase in fat storage as a result of the negative hormonal response. As for the negative hormonal response; if I say that the result of this response is an increase in fat storage, then what hormones would be responsible for this? These responses are simply deemed negative because of the increase in fat storage i.e. weight gain which in a society where obesity is an issue; this would be a negative effect.

Lastly, I think people get a little too crazy, especially on the internet about referencing things. When you ask a question, usually you just have no clue where to find the information or basically want someone to find the information for you. If it is the former then, without using references, we all just gave this person quite a few topics and ideas to go research. If it is the latter then the questioner should they themselves be curious where the people who have answered found their information and ask for references in the first place. But then again, this is just my opinion. To each their own.

Original Post by bleuatre:

Okay, so I was a little grumpy this morning (so I apologize for that) since I just woke up and had to go run and take a test but now I have time so I'd like to try and clarify a little bit what I was saying before.

Of course you wouldn't see the effects of it immediately or even at all in the right circumstances, especially if you already have quite a bit of weight on you or you are losing weight. If you research it, you will find that studies show people who drink diet drinks tend to be much flabbier than people who don't. Over a period of time, people who drink diet soda tend to have a higher fat percentage than those who don't. This is what I was saying before about an increase in fat storage as a result of the negative hormonal response. As for the negative hormonal response; if I say that the result of this response is an increase in fat storage, then what hormones would be responsible for this? These responses are simply deemed negative because of the increase in fat storage i.e. weight gain which in a society where obesity is an issue; this would be a negative effect.

Lastly, I think people get a little too crazy, especially on the internet about referencing things. When you ask a question, usually you just have no clue where to find the information or basically want someone to find the information for you. If it is the former then, without using references, we all just gave this person quite a few topics and ideas to go research. If it is the latter then the questioner should they themselves be curious where the people who have answered found their information and ask for references in the first place. But then again, this is just my opinion. To each their own.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fulls tory_123495.html

This is an overview of studies that have been done on diet sodas and people who drink them.

-"The lowest risk of metabolic syndrome was seen among people who drank no diet beverages and stuck to a "prudent" diet -- one rich in foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish.

Meanwhile, people who also ate a prudent diet but did drink diet beverages had a somewhat higher rate of metabolic syndrome -- but not by much.

Over 20 years, 20 percent of those men and women developed metabolic syndrome. That compared with 18 percent of prudent eaters who didn't regularly have diet drinks, Duffey's team writes in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Participants with the highest rate of metabolic syndrome -- at 32 percent -- were those who drank diet soda and downed the typical "Western" diet. That means lots of meat, processed foods and sugar."

-"'I really think it's overall diet that's important,' Duffey said in an interview."

 

Original Post by rachelwert:

Original Post by bleuatre:

Okay, so I was a little grumpy this morning (so I apologize for that) since I just woke up and had to go run and take a test but now I have time so I'd like to try and clarify a little bit what I was saying before.

Of course you wouldn't see the effects of it immediately or even at all in the right circumstances, especially if you already have quite a bit of weight on you or you are losing weight. If you research it, you will find that studies show people who drink diet drinks tend to be much flabbier than people who don't. Over a period of time, people who drink diet soda tend to have a higher fat percentage than those who don't. This is what I was saying before about an increase in fat storage as a result of the negative hormonal response. As for the negative hormonal response; if I say that the result of this response is an increase in fat storage, then what hormones would be responsible for this? These responses are simply deemed negative because of the increase in fat storage i.e. weight gain which in a society where obesity is an issue; this would be a negative effect.

Lastly, I think people get a little too crazy, especially on the internet about referencing things. When you ask a question, usually you just have no clue where to find the information or basically want someone to find the information for you. If it is the former then, without using references, we all just gave this person quite a few topics and ideas to go research. If it is the latter then the questioner should they themselves be curious where the people who have answered found their information and ask for references in the first place. But then again, this is just my opinion. To each their own.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fulls tory_123495.html

This is an overview of studies that have been done on diet sodas and people who drink them.

-"The lowest risk of metabolic syndrome was seen among people who drank no diet beverages and stuck to a "prudent" diet -- one rich in foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish.

Meanwhile, people who also ate a prudent diet but did drink diet beverages had a somewhat higher rate of metabolic syndrome -- but not by much.

Over 20 years, 20 percent of those men and women developed metabolic syndrome. That compared with 18 percent of prudent eaters who didn't regularly have diet drinks, Duffey's team writes in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Participants with the highest rate of metabolic syndrome -- at 32 percent -- were those who drank diet soda and downed the typical "Western" diet. That means lots of meat, processed foods and sugar."

-"'I really think it's overall diet that's important,' Duffey said in an interview."

 

Okay, since now we're going to play reference war.. *sigh*

http://resources.metapress.com/pdf-preview.ax d?code=b042807u865853t7&size=largest

Here is a preview to an official report done in 2012, the first of this type of study to be conducted as far as everyone doing the study is aware. Though further research is still needed to completely solidify these studies, if you look it includes some key results that they have already come up with which include an increased risk of vascular events as well as metabolic syndrome, peripheral vascular disease, diabetes, cardiac disease, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia. You'll also notice that these participants in the study were controlled for everything from age, sex, and education to daily caloric intake, total fat, and sodium consumption.

Case in point: Diet soft drinks can increase a risk to your health whether a large amount or small. If you want to continue drinking diet soda because the risk isn't great enough for you, fine. It's your health, your life. As for me, any risk is risk enough. I'd rather just be healthier, that's what makes me happier.

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Soda is one of the worst things people ingest on a daily basis. Diet soda is even worse because as previously stated in other posts. When you consume food, your body breaks it down and then turns calories into energy. Well, when you drink diet soda their are no calories to turn into energy. So what your body does is trick itself into thinking that you're being starved. So in turn that will make you hungrier and your body will store the subsequent food you eat into fat.

Now, for all those people that think diet soda is fine cause it's calorie neutral. Lets have a look at the ingredients in soda.

 Phosphoric acid is one of the fun components of soda. That's why you can soak a car bumper in coke all the rust will come off. So, if thats what it does to aluminum what do you think it will do to your teeth and your insides.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)... Do not even get me started on how bad it is  for your overall health. I just want to make ONE point about it and even then you shouldn't ever want to drink soda again. Here is part of a blog I was reading from Dr. Mark Hyman. There are also many other studies and people  accepting this as a growing fact and is also talked about in the movie Food Inc. .... 

"Dr. Bruce Ames had research done by his group at the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute found that free fructose from HFCS requires more energy to be absorbed by the gut and soaks up two phosphorous molecules from ATP (our body's energy source). This depletes the energy fuel source or ATP in our gut required to maintain the integrity of our intestinal lining. Little "tight junctions" cement each intestinal cell together preventing food and bacteria from "leaking" across the intestinal membrane and triggering an immune reaction and body wide inflammation.

High doses of free fructose have been proven to literally punch holes in the intestinal lining, allowing nasty byproducts of toxic gut bacteria and partially digested food proteins to enter your blood stream and trigger the inflammation that we know is at the root of obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, dementia and accelerated aging. Naturally occurring fructose in fruit is part of a complex of nutrients and fiber that doesn't exhibit the same biological effects as the free high fructose doses found in "corn sugar.""

this is the link to the site  http://drhyman.com/blog/conditions/5-reasons- high-fructose-corn-syrup-will-kill-you/

So hopefully people will start finding out the truth, about how bad some of the foods the eat actually are.

 

 

 

Nice post spollast!

Original Post by spollast:

Soda is one of the worst things people ingest on a daily basis. Diet soda is even worse because as previously stated in other posts. When you consume food, your body breaks it down and then turns calories into energy. Well, when you drink diet soda their are no calories to turn into energy. So what your body does is trick itself into thinking that you're being starved. So in turn that will make you hungrier and your body will store the subsequent food you eat into fat.

Now, for all those people that think diet soda is fine cause it's calorie neutral. Lets have a look at the ingredients in soda.

 Phosphoric acid is one of the fun components of soda. That's why you can soak a car bumper in coke all the rust will come off. So, if thats what it does to aluminum what do you think it will do to your teeth and your insides.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)... Do not even get me started on how bad it is  for your overall health. I just want to make ONE point about it and even then you shouldn't ever want to drink soda again. Here is part of a blog I was reading from Dr. Mark Hyman. There are also many other studies and people  accepting this as a growing fact and is also talked about in the movie Food Inc. .... 

"Dr. Bruce Ames had research done by his group at the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute found that free fructose from HFCS requires more energy to be absorbed by the gut and soaks up two phosphorous molecules from ATP (our body's energy source). This depletes the energy fuel source or ATP in our gut required to maintain the integrity of our intestinal lining. Little "tight junctions" cement each intestinal cell together preventing food and bacteria from "leaking" across the intestinal membrane and triggering an immune reaction and body wide inflammation.

High doses of free fructose have been proven to literally punch holes in the intestinal lining, allowing nasty byproducts of toxic gut bacteria and partially digested food proteins to enter your blood stream and trigger the inflammation that we know is at the root of obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, dementia and accelerated aging. Naturally occurring fructose in fruit is part of a complex of nutrients and fiber that doesn't exhibit the same biological effects as the free high fructose doses found in "corn sugar.""

this is the link to the site  http://drhyman.com/blog/conditions/5-reasons- high-fructose-corn-syrup-will-kill-you/

So hopefully people will start finding out the truth, about how bad some of the foods the eat actually are.

 

 

 

Does drinking water trick your body into starvation mode and store subsequent calories as fat? Based on your theory, I would assume so, since it doesn't have any calories. If not, what's the difference? They both have 0 calories. I'm not saying diet drinks and water are the same, but you said simply because it doesn't have any calories that your body can convert into energy, it "tricks" your body into storing fat. Based on that arguement, all 0 calorie foods and drinks would cause the same reaction, correct?

Phosphoric acid doesn't have a negative effect on your insides. It can bind with magnesium and calcium in your GI tract and form a salt that your body is unable to digest, so frequent drinkers of colas can have lower bone density (especially women) but to my knowledge, it doesn't have a negative effect on your GI tract or any other parts of your body besides bones and teeth if you drink colas frequently. Many other diet sodas don't contain phosphoric acid, so this isn't a component found in all diet drinks or sodas in general.

I agree that high fructose corn syrup isn't an especially favorable product and I do my best to avoid buying products that contain it, but I think some of the things that you listed are a slight exaggeration. The bolded quote doesn't quite make sense to me...as far as I know, intestinal contents leaking into the abdominal cavity and causing inflammation has absolutely nothing to do with the array of diseases that you listed. Also, if your stomach and intestinal contents spilled into your blood stream, you would have worries that would need more immediate attention than all of the other diseases that would supposedly happen down the road. Your stomach contents are extremely acid and would cause immediate, severe damage to your abdominal cavity. E. coli is found in everyone's colon, so intestinal leakage would cause sepsis. And high fructose corn syrup isn't in diet drinks.

Obviously many of the people on here are avoiding diet drinks and everyone has their own reasoning for doing so. But all that the poster asked was whether or not she would gain weight if she drank one diet drink a day. The answer to that question is no. There aren't any studies that can conclusively say that diet drinks inhibit weight loss or create the wide array of diseases that everyone is mentioning.

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