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August 10, 2011 1:19 PM
I'm having fluid retention issues and I don't think my diet coke habit is helping but I've given up so much else! I've always had tendency to puffy ankles but it is getting worse. Even the diuretic the Dr. gave me doesn't help that much. She says to keep the sodium under 2000, which it is unless I eat out.

The diet coke doesn't have that much soduim (40miligrams a can) and I can keep it down to 2 cans but I think I heard/read somewhere that it is the phosphates that make it worse. I do notice I retain more when drinking diet coke.
  10178087
August 10, 2011 1:22 PM
I drink a ton of diet coke. At least 4 cans a day.

At least there are no calories.
  9683157
August 10, 2011 1:25 PM
I always weigh in more when I drink diet coke but like you It is the only thing I haven't given up. I do try and drink more water to counter act it however b/c I have had kidney stones.
  8962378
August 10, 2011 1:27 PM
The phosphates in Coca cola products leach calcium from your system. They're awful. I've also heard (but can't confirm) that carbonation is difficult for your body to digest.

It's not helping with the bloating. It's not real food. There's not really anything in soda that your body recognizes as real food. It's 12 oz. of artificial stuff which really doesn't do anything for you.

If you've cut out so much already, it's because the things you eliminated weren't healthy for you. They don't do anything for your body to make you feel better or healthy. Cut this out too. Get rid of the addiction to DC.

Your body will thank you, I promise.
August 10, 2011 1:27 PM
No calories, but cleans coins and rots meat! carbonated causes bloating and if with caffeine can cause headaches. Tyr to find another drink ...maybe water? Try to replace it a little at a time if you need you cola fix
August 10, 2011 1:29 PM
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I always weigh in more when I drink diet coke but like you It is the only thing I haven't given up. I do try and drink more water to counter act it however b/c I have had kidney stones.


Yeah, lz, that used to work pretty well for me but it has just gotten so much worse this summer.
  10178087
August 10, 2011 1:29 PM
How many pounds can you lose by NOT drinking diet soda?

My advice is to try seltzer or some of the natural sodas instead of pouring chemicals made in a lab into your body every day. Some of the natural sodas are actually REALLY tasty and low calorie (like 12 calories or something). Check them out!

Here you go:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/206171-how-many-pounds-can-you-lose-by-not-drinking-soda/
  3995337
August 10, 2011 1:31 PM
QUOTE:

I'm having fluid retention issues and I don't think my diet coke habit is helping but I've given up so much else! I've always had tendency to puffy ankles but it is getting worse. Even the diuretic the Dr. gave me doesn't help that much. She says to keep the sodium under 2000, which it is unless I eat out.

The diet coke doesn't have that much soduim (40miligrams a can) and I can keep it down to 2 cans but I think I heard/read somewhere that it is the phosphates that make it worse. I do notice I retain more when drinking diet coke.


I exerience bloating after drinking diet pepsi.
August 10, 2011 1:31 PM
I think life is too short to give up absolutely everything. For some it might be cookies, others it might be booze, and in this case its diet soda.

I drink it and im very healthy :] I do retain water too so i slowly cut down. And I mean VERY slow. I drink one about every couple of days now. Just takes a while :]
August 10, 2011 1:32 PM
I was a Diet Cokeaholic! I have pretty much cut it out unless we are out somewhere...since I have stopped drinking it at home i have begun to lose weight....now i grab a bottle of water instead and use Hansen's fruit sticks which have no aspertame.
  8382274
August 10, 2011 1:34 PM
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I think life is too short to give up absolutely everything. For some it might be cookies, others it might be booze, and in this case its diet soda.

I drink it and im very healthy :] I do retain water too so i slowly cut down. And I mean VERY slow. I drink one about every couple of days now. Just takes a while :]


Thanks Sunshine. Sometimes I use a diet coke to replace the need to eat a calorie-snack that I can't "afford." The carbonation makes me feel full. I don't drink it on the weekends unless I'm eating out. I use seltzer water and splenda-sweetened italian syrup drinks if I want something carbonated when I'm at home.
  10178087
August 10, 2011 1:38 PM
I LOVE the Wal-Mart brand golden peach flavored water...however, it's carbonated. I don't know if switching to something like that would help you or harm you (if so uh-oh to me too!)

Just my thoughts. :)
August 10, 2011 1:41 PM
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I LOVE the Wal-Mart brand golden peach flavored water...however, it's carbonated. I don't know if switching to something like that would help you or harm you (if so uh-oh to me too!)

Just my thoughts. :)


Haley, I'll have to check out the sodium on that. At least its not caffinated. Good idea.
  10178087
August 10, 2011 1:42 PM
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QUOTE:

I think life is too short to give up absolutely everything. For some it might be cookies, others it might be booze, and in this case its diet soda.

I drink it and im very healthy :] I do retain water too so i slowly cut down. And I mean VERY slow. I drink one about every couple of days now. Just takes a while :]


Thanks Sunshine. Sometimes I use a diet coke to replace the need to eat a calorie-snack that I can't "afford." The carbonation makes me feel full. I don't drink it on the weekends unless I'm eating out. I use seltzer water and splenda-sweetened italian syrup drinks if I want something carbonated when I'm at home.


Im the same, when im craving a sweet treat i grab a diet code red! The taste of it kills my sweet tooth :] and for zero calories I cant resist. Sounds like you are really trying to cut down so I say you are doing wonderful! It is a process, you cannot be expected to cut everything out in my own opinion
August 10, 2011 1:52 PM
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QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I think life is too short to give up absolutely everything. For some it might be cookies, others it might be booze, and in this case its diet soda.

I drink it and im very healthy :] I do retain water too so i slowly cut down. And I mean VERY slow. I drink one about every couple of days now. Just takes a while :]


Thanks Sunshine. Sometimes I use a diet coke to replace the need to eat a calorie-snack that I can't "afford." The carbonation makes me feel full. I don't drink it on the weekends unless I'm eating out. I use seltzer water and splenda-sweetened italian syrup drinks if I want something carbonated when I'm at home.


Im the same, when im craving a sweet treat i grab a diet code red! The taste of it kills my sweet tooth :] and for zero calories I cant resist. Sounds like you are really trying to cut down so I say you are doing wonderful! It is a process, you cannot be expected to cut everything out in my own opinion


Agree it is a process! :)
  8962378
August 10, 2011 1:58 PM
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The phosphates in Coca cola products leach calcium from your system. They're awful. I've also heard (but can't confirm) that carbonation is difficult for your body to digest.

It's not helping with the bloating. It's not real food. There's not really anything in soda that your body recognizes as real food. It's 12 oz. of artificial stuff which really doesn't do anything for you.

If you've cut out so much already, it's because the things you eliminated weren't healthy for you. They don't do anything for your body to make you feel better or healthy. Cut this out too. Get rid of the addiction to DC.

Your body will thank you, I promise.



This is absolutely true. That said, it's definitely not easy to break the addiction! There are other beverages that might be able to meet your need for something fizzy and sweet - I've been making water kefir with dried fruit, and it gives you that soft drink-type taste without the artificial sweeteners and phosphates. You can also choose to make it with an unrefined sweetener (rapadura, coconut sugar, honey, etc.), and you can vary the flavor according to what you want and what's in season. It also has the benefit of being a naturally fermented food, which is great for your gut and all-around health. Try doing a Google search about it; you're bound to find some great information and opportunity to purchase a starter culture (if you don't know someone who has some to share with you)!
  9550153
August 10, 2011 2:25 PM
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I drink a ton of diet coke. At least 4 cans a day.

At least there are no calories.

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ZERO Calories Does Not Mean Zero Problems!!!
August 10, 2011 4:35 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I drink a ton of diet coke. At least 4 cans a day.

At least there are no calories.

\


ZERO Calories Does Not Mean Zero Problems!!!



Exactly, dont have something just because its zero calories, think about what you are putting in your body as well!
  5463231
August 12, 2011 9:38 AM
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ZERO Calories Does Not Mean Zero Problems!!!


But it should mean zero fat gain due to calories.
  9683157
August 23, 2011 10:51 AM
i drink up to 2 litres a day, got a serious problem
August 23, 2011 11:38 AM
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i drink up to 2 litres a day, got a serious problem


Ditto!
  1093977
August 25, 2011 8:37 AM
I find that I can not physcially drink all the water I need to drink if I drink anything other than water. When I want something other than water, I usually go for a spicy v8, its not calorie free....70 cal's per 11.5 oz can. Or I will drink some non caffinated tea. I had a horrible diet pepsi habit, but my mom got on me because its bad for your bones among other things so I quit cold turkey....I still have a whole case of it in my kitchen lol.
August 25, 2011 8:40 AM
I quit my Diet Coke addiction almost two months ago, and I've never looked back. Since drinking all water, all the time, my skin looks better, my tummy isn't bloated and I have more energy.

Give it up for a bit and see if it helps!
  5346400
February 19, 2013 6:36 AM
I VERY rarely drink any soda, but when I do I can totally tell the difference. Regular soda seems to have no more effect than any other food or drink. Diet drinks, on the other hand, almost immediately swell me up. Within thirty minutes my fingers and feet are swollen and I feel crappy and bloated the rest of the day. I recently realized this, and will not be drinking any more diet garbage!

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