It's generally accepted in the fitness and nutrition industry that if you are going to 'cheat' on your diet that you should go for 'real' soda versus diet or low/zero calorie versions. You can burn off excess calories and deal with sugar because at least it's natural but when you are drinking any diet soda you are guarenteed to have more artificial additives in the drink and who knows how your body will react to that.
Nat_H wrote:I think sugarless sodas have those sweeteners, like aspartame. I know its supposed to be bad for you (even worse than real sugar). Some one else should back me up on this though.
I'll back you up - it's true that diet drinks are worse than regular sodas.
arsenalfc08 wrote:Did you not read my post? I've been drinking sugerless sodas for a while and i'm fine. I like coke zero as it tastes like regular coke but without the calories and sugar.
Many people are lied to and manipulated by the weight loss industry into thinking that calories and sugar are 'bad'. They try to avoid whatever is bad that week. Whether that be carbs, fat, sugar, too much protein, sodium... you get the point. It's always better to have the real thing versus something artifical in order to avoid something you see as 'bad'. I mean, we can always take out pretty much whatever we want in order to lower the calories from food or drinks but what people don't realize is that these additives are bad for you and can trigger processes in your body for you to gain weight too! Instead of just having a 150 calorie soda you may be affecting your body like 300 calories would.
arsenalfc08 wrote:I think I read an article that said drinking more than 1 regluar pop a day will add on weight over the course of a year.
Diet soda has the same effect. I had a mutual friend a while back that had lost 20 pounds and was trying to lose the last 10. She had hit a plateau and was losing no weight. I quickly identified the problem - diet soda, which I instructed her to replace with water and that she could only have 1 every saturday - and it had to be real, not diet. That month, she lost 11.5 pounds.
arsenalfc08 wrote:They claim it doesn't have sugar but all diet and zero drinks (zero calories,sugars) all have hidden sugars.
No arguing about that.
arsenalfc08 wrote:What you really need to watch is the sodium if your a big drinker. It shouldn't be a problem if you drink 1 a day but if it gets excessive eat some pottasium rich foods (bananas,cantaloupe), potassium flushes the sodium out. Thats why people have high blood pressure,they have a high amount of sodium in their diet.
Sure, excess sodium isn't good. But America isn't fat because of excess sodium from soft drinks. We're fat from fried foods, white flour, and artificial foods. There's normally more sodium in artificial things to flavor it more and mask whats fake. With a diet of natural, homemade foods, even 2 sodas a day probably won't put you over on sodium. (Not that I would recommend that).