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June 2, 2012 10:54 AM
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to dump my diet pepsi addiction? In my 43 years, I have kicked to bad habits. I quit bitting my nails after 29 years of chewing them off to the nubs (eww). And the biggest one of all. After 27 years, I quit smoking! I have been smoke free for 2 years and 3 months. But NOW, I am addicted to diet pepsi and I want, need to!
I already drink a lot of lemon water and raspberry tea, but I crave diet pepsi atleast once a day, if not more.drinker
June 2, 2012 10:57 AM
First CONGRATULATIONS! Quitting smoking is extremely hard. I just quit in Jan. of this year. I never bit my nails - but my sister did! I gave up my 30 year addiction to DP in March. I did it by swapping a glass of very lightly sweetened tea for the DP. This helped because I did not g et the headaches you can get from caffeine withdrawal. AFter a few days of that, I went to all water and have not looked back. I don't even crave it anymore, which the way I drank it, is hard to believe! It really helped jumpstart my weight loss. I held on to a LOT of the sodium. Good luck and I hope you can kick the last habit. Compared to cigs? This will be a piece of cake! Ooops! Too high calorie???
Edited by beachlover317 On June 2, 2012 10:59 AM
June 2, 2012 10:59 AM
Instead of thinking "how do I stop drinking cola" focus on drinking half an ounce of water for every pound of fat you weigh. For some that can be an incredible amount of water (but the amount you are SUPPOSED to get does depend on how much you weigh, not just 8 cups for some people). If you are focused on drinking that water, make it a game for yourself...I drank 10 cups yesterday ok time to beat that. It will make it more fun.

The more water you are drinking the less you will WANT anything else. You'll be too darn full of water! LOL

Cola - sugar, aspartame (for diet drinks) ARE addictive. It triggers the same hormones in your brain as a typical drug addiction. Once you cut down and cut it out, you will experience head aches, and maybe even mood swings! But you quit smoking and it's said cigarettes are one of the most addictive things in the world ~ so I know you can do it :)
June 2, 2012 11:00 AM
It's my addiction and there's no reason for me to quit it since there hasn't been any adverse effects from drinking it. Love my Diet Pepsi! In fact, I'm having one now!

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June 2, 2012 11:01 AM
My situation is almost identical went of fegs lost a couple of pounds but still have that addiction only mine is diet coke =)

ps. low calorie juice not a bad thing
June 2, 2012 11:01 AM
A couple a day aren't going to hurt you.
June 2, 2012 11:05 AM
Is Diet soda really that bad for a person?

When I started my diet a few months ago I was coming off of drinking 3 or 4 cans of regular soda a day, and probably 2 gallons of iced tea a week. One of the biggest challenges for me was to just quit those things and I did. I need to get soda out of my system completely to make it work so I stayed away from diet soda as well. I'd say for the last two months or so I have about 4 or 5 cans of diet soda per WEEK, and it hasn't caused me to slip back to regular soda.

So, back to the original question, what's wrong with a few diet sodas a week?
June 2, 2012 11:08 AM
I had the same issue with Diet Coke. I've boosted my water intake. I put MIO in my water so that helps. I still have one now and then but not nearly the 3 or 4 a day I used to.
October 23, 2012 8:35 PM
I keep reading that soda are associated with increased weight--even diet sodas.

Here's a pretty article that discusses some of the issues involved.
October 23, 2012 9:03 PM
I have one can of DP a day, and drink water the rest of the time. That is what has worked for me, couldn't take the caffeine withdrawal headaches. Some people have to go cold turkey or it doesn't work. I guess just figure out what works for you and go for it! I am trying to replace it with cascade ice sparkling water... but not sure if that's a good idea or not.
October 23, 2012 9:09 PM
I had a diet coke addiction (it was bad!) and I gave up cold turkey. I had done this before but for some reason i was determined this time. It would be like quitting smoking was for you, in that you'll do it when you want to. I found cold turkey was the only way, and I did it by eliminating diet coke and coffee at the same time. For the people commenting that it's not bad for your health - you need to do more research!!! Apart from it being unhealthy for you, it contains zero nutrition, so why not replace it with something that does? I drink a lot of water, I juice at home and if I really feel the need for something sweet to drink I have a soda water with a lime wedge in it. The following link is useful for explaining why diet drinks make you fat! Good luck! :)
October 24, 2012 2:34 AM
I quit cold turkey from diet soda. The first week or so was bad, but after that, I didn't even crave the stuff!
October 24, 2012 4:06 AM
I have the same problem. A few years ago I used to be terrible and have at least two a day. These days I have improved my habits and can go through a week or so without having it. But then as soon as I have one, I need to have one everyday. But if I miss a day, I seem to get back into the habit of not having it.
October 24, 2012 4:18 AM
I don't really consider craving a pop once a day an addiction. Enjoy your drink. There's nothing wrong with it.
October 24, 2012 4:23 AM
I used to sit in my chair in front of the TV with a 2 liter bottle of diet soda next to my chair every night.
I joked about being a bubbleholic.
At some point I started switching to just lemon water. It was not a conscious effort. Before I knew it I wasn't drinking soda much any more. I rarely buy it now. Mostly for the kids. It has saved a bunch of money over time as well.
Lemon water is my beverage choice a home now. Helps me keep my water intake up too.
October 24, 2012 4:26 AM

I don't really consider craving a pop once a day an addiction. Enjoy your drink. There's nothing wrong with it.

exactly i totaly agree. diet drinks are fine there will always some idiot that says dont have this or dont have that, whats a diet drink gonna do ...... nothing
October 24, 2012 4:30 AM
I have/had (once an addict, always an addict?) a serious Diet Coke addiction. I'm currently off the stuff. I'm pregnant, and it is not recommended during pregnancy. Doctors also don't recommend it if you are trying to conceive. Without getting into all the science and articles that have been written, it seems to me that if it's no good for baby, it can't be all that great for you either.

I like the fizzy sensation, so I've replaced Diet Coke with plain seltzer. I adore the stuff.
October 24, 2012 4:33 AM
Well done for kicking so many bad habits, I'd let yourself have the pepsi for now as it's probably acting as a replacement for other things such as smoking or higher fat products like chocolate, just wean yourself off slowly, I'd suggest buying a bottle (small) of pepsi for each day of the week, then cut down to say 5 a week and make sure you don't buy anymore then you're limiting the amount you have in your home so can't be too tempted and at least if you go the shops to buy more you've had the walk to help counteract the drink :)
Edited by Kitty_Kat_meow On October 24, 2012 4:33 AM
October 24, 2012 4:34 AM
there is so much rubbish about what to not eat when your pregnant, one true story when i was expecting my oldest 43 years ago i had cravings for andrews liver salts boy did they keep me running .
October 24, 2012 4:38 AM
I had a harder time getting diet pepsi out my life than cigarettes, too. If you only have one or two a day, though, you probably don't have the kind of physical addiction I had. What I did was to switch to sparkling water and juice (as much juice as I wanted to make it taste great at first - and then cut that back over time). It took me a couple of month to wean myself from the juice to plain sparkling water (or with a little lemon or even a splash of juice for a treat) but what I realized is that I really LOVE carbonation. I especially loved it with cigarettes (but that is another story). But if it is the carbonation you crave - you might invest in a home carbonating system like SodaStream. I can't tell you how happy and healthy mine makes me feel. Good luck and congratulations! You are on the path now!
October 24, 2012 4:42 AM
I suggest cutting out all sugar and artificial sugar. your cravings will be gone in two weeks topssmooched
October 24, 2012 4:45 AM
I am Pepsi Max addict. I used to polish off 2 x 2 litre bottles in a day.... I found keeping a huge bottle of sparkling water near by to be a good trick. Plus do your best not to buy any on the weekly shop! Instead look for a nice posh cordial to go with the sparkling water and you will end up phasing it out without even noticing.
October 24, 2012 5:05 AM
i am looking at a bottle of pepsi max as i speak, per 250 ml 1 cal trace sugar no fat no saturates no salt, so weres the problem with it.
October 24, 2012 5:23 AM
I continued to drink diet pepsi while pregnant. My son, now 5, is missing one limb and has this odd eye twitch, but I dont think its related.

Kidding, of course.....feeling silly today.
November 28, 2012 8:07 AM
I've cut back on my daily intake of Pepsi Max (the ginseng! the caffeine!) from 2-3 to 1.
I often find that during the late afternoon when I'm at the office, I just crave it.
Could be fatigue, boredom, a dip in blood glucose...
So glad it's Honeycrisp apple season - that helps a bit.
Edited by mad923 On November 28, 2012 8:07 AM


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