So I'm wondering about diet soda. Some people say it's okay, others say it's the devil. I'd like to know your opinion (I can't really find a definitive answer). I have one, no more, can of coke zero most nights with dinner, which is down from multiple [up to five] cans of regular coke so I figure even if it's not great it's definitely better. I also skip the coke zero if I know i haven't drunk much water, but I am curious what the deal is.
my opinion on the matter is to stay away from soda entirely— but that’s just me. after basically eliminating it from my diet (i can’t bring myself to drink it anymore ‘cause i hate the carbonation), i have no desire to.
both regular soda and diet soda have their pros and cons:
it’s up to you to decide what’s best. either way, in moderation, i say it’s okay to have either. for “optimum” health, i’d say not to drink soda at all, but one can is definitely way better than multiple cans a day.
i know how hard it can be to get rid of old habits, so kudos to you for doing something about it! :)
ps. the mother of a friend of mine has recently been suffering from seizures, and one of the suspected causes is aspartame (the artificial sweetener in diet sodas).
i mean, it’s important to note that she has been drinking diet soda “religiously” for 15 years so that’s definitely a contributing factor; however, i did want to bring that to your attention to provide a lil extra info.
Don’t sweat it. Good job on being moderate. I’m sure you know deep down that a can every night is not going to hurt your fat loss. I know someone for whom it helps curb his hunger, but people’s responses will vary. As long as it doesn’t cause you to crave more food, you’re okay.
i’m all for drinking water, especially in place of soda and other not-so-healthy drinks. however, you don’t necessarily have to drink 8 glasses of it. on days that i don’t work out, i know i sure don’t!
i could link you to numerous sources that back up this statement, but here’s one that sums it up well:
Drinking extra water is said to reduce urinary tract infections, improve skin tone, help with weight loss (fill up with water first), reduce headaches and fatigue, eliminate constipation and improve concentration. There’s no robust evidence for any of this. The kidneys are wonderful things (that don’t need flushing with lots of water) and will make concentrated urine to save water.
(source: the guardian)
so continue to drink water, but don’t force yourself too much. then again, there’s nothing wrong with getting a lil extra hydration (just don’t overdo it).
ridiiiiculous! 744 calories from sugar…
unless you’re filling that sucker with water, i don’t recommend the double gulp.