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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 10-01-12, 02:48 PM   #1
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Diet Soda

I have drinking 48 oz +of diet soda daily for years. I have diabetes and I have lost about 100 lbs in the past 10 years. I have a ways to go but I have done a good job maintaining weight loss. This last month, I gave up diet soda altogether. It started because I ran out and I decided to try going without.

The problem is that after a month, I have put on about 10 pounds. I will do a better job of journaling my food intake over the next month but I am seriously bummed out. I was so proud of myself for having the willpower to do this but the results are just the opposite of what I had hoped!

Any suggestions or word of encouragement?
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Old 10-01-12, 03:11 PM   #2
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I gave up soda a couple months age. Drink lots of water and or herbal teas. That,s what got be past. now they just taste nasty!

Your doing great! Keep it up.
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Try kombucha, I swear by it. It gives me more energy than a caffeinated soda, but I think you have to drink it daily to get that effect. I brew my own, about 2 gallons a week.
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Old 10-01-12, 05:05 PM   #4
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Has anything else been going on that may have caused the gain? (Extra travelling, bad weather preventing exercise, etc?)

If not, focus on the other benefits of giving up the soda vs the weight gain...less caffeine, less artifical sweetners, less damage to your teeth...

Congrats on the weight loss and maint...that's tough! Kicking the soda will help in your efforts for a healthy life style in the long run
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Old 10-01-12, 06:04 PM   #5
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I drink flavored seltzer,tea ,coffee and water.I don't use sugar or diet substitutes..Try to eliminate all soda.Just because its diet and no calories does not mean its good for you.I assume you are drinking sugar soda.When I was a kid soda was a treat.We were allowed 1 or two Fri and Sat night.Thats it, the end ,NO MAS!Now it seems to be a beverage for every meal and every ride in the car.Now if I pick up a sugar soda its too sweet.Yuck!To me its like eating something too salty.Speaking of salt.......... Good luck!
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I'd go back to the diet soda. Drink it in the morning, drink water or tea in the afternoon, cutting down the amount you consume.

Or not.

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That's a lot of diet soda. The only thing you should be drinking that much of on a daily basis is water.
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I gave up soda of all stripes almost three years ago and don't miss it at all. I periodically have one and frankly, I'd rather have a nice glass of water.

It's expensive, you have to deal with the empties and there's nothing in that soda that you'd put in your mouth by the spoonful if it were bare ingredients aside from the water. I figure I don't need it.
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It helps if you are drinking the regular cokes without cane sugar, like with milk if you haven't had it in a long time you will say "ewww that doesn't taste so great, why did i love it in the first place?"
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Old 10-05-12, 08:44 AM   #10
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I gave up soda of all stripes almost three years ago and don't miss it at all. I periodically have one and frankly, I'd rather have a nice glass of water.

It's expensive, you have to deal with the empties and there's nothing in that soda that you'd put in your mouth by the spoonful if it were bare ingredients aside from the water. I figure I don't need it.
Now THAT would be a hidden camera, person-on-the-street video that I'd like to see. Have a can of diet soda on a table, and little bowls of its ingredients lined up on the side. Ask people, "We're doing a survey. Would you rather have this can of soda, or eat these chemicals?" Before they can take a sip -- or maybe as they're drinking from the can -- tell them to read the ingredient list while you point out each substance on the table.

I also thought it was a funny coincidence that your username is TrojanHorse, as if the soda were a Trojan horse for delivering chemicals..
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Well in 48oz of soda you are getting about 275 mg of caffeine...which is less than a venti coffee... caffeine is an appetite suppressant and central nervous system stimulant....so that is the effect you are most likely missing is the appetite suppression as well as elevated BP and HR that goes with it which may be helping metabolize more calories....

drink a coffee or 2 per day...or tea.... see what happens

my educated guess and $.02
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If you've cut out the soda, did you replace it with other liquids?


Drink a couple of coffees and/or tea for the caffeine content, plus 48 oz of water (or flavored water). Do that for a few weeks and see how you feel then.
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If you've cut out the soda, did you replace it with other liquids?
Or, if you've cut out the soda, did you replace it with other sweets and/or starches or carbohydrates? Be on high alert for high fructose corn syrup, it's everywhere.

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Brew your own unsweetened green tea, I recommend the Taiwanese gunpowder variety. Nicely satisfying (for this die-hard coffee drinker), earthy flavor.
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There is now evidence mounting that artificial sweeteners are really bad for you. Like mess up your diabetes or give you cancer.

http://www.doctoroz.com/episode/shou...ial-sweeteners
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Water and teas friend and fellow rider. Those chemicals in all soda scare me. Nothing good in those shiney little cans.
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Everything in those shiny little cans is awesome, right from the satisfying pop of opening them to the aluminium induced flavor of the caramel colored aspartame. Mmm, I could go put a quarter in the vending machine right now for a Diet Pepsi.

And besides, it's not like you're going to live forever anyway. I mean if you don't do anything else unhealthy other than the occasional gourmet burger, what's wrong with living a little and having a happiness inducing beverage once in a while! Mental health is more important than physical health.

Sheesh! I'm so over this whole aspartame/saccarin cancer in mice thing! Next thing you know all sorts of things will be banned, like sugar, coffee, chocolate, capsasin, and we'll be relegated to drinking our single celled protein combined with synthetic aminos, vitamins, and minerals through straws because we might accidentally bite our tongues!

Sometimes I want to live a little and be unsafe! Sometimes I want to ride without my helmet, sometimes I want to jump out of a balloon at 120,000 feet, sometimes I want to have a little colored/flavored water!
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Any suggestions or word of encouragement?
Gaining 10 pounds in exchange for giving soda up is probably a good trade, especially with artificial sweeteners.
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my wife gave up diet soda; ergo i did to. don't miss it. drink more iced tea, sparkling water or sparkling water with some fruit juice now. I'd rather have a real Coke during the midst of a long ride anyways.
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The problem is that after a month, I have put on about 10 pounds. I will do a better job of journaling my food intake over the next month...
Let us know what you found yourself doing without the diet soda. I'll bet that you inadvertently settled on some calorie-rich substitutes.

Here's a couple tips: Satisfy your sweets cravings with real foods, especially fruit. Not fruit-in-a-can, but fresh fruit, like how you'd find it growing on a tree or bush.

And, although this isn't related to sugar, it's about flavor: Learn to use herbs and spices instead of salts and fats for flavor. If you go out to eat, only use pepper, and don't even touch the salt -- the chef (or factory) has added enough salt already. When you cook your own meal, don't even bother with salt unless the recipe calls for it, then use as little as possible.
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Gaining 10 pounds in exchange for giving soda up is probably a good trade
In the long run your better off without any artificial sweeteners and as for soda - Come on - You know its not good for you...

How about and empty 2 liter bottle of soda filled with water and an Emergen-C pack added to it?
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