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    May 18, 2008 12:25 AM GMT
    I used to drink maybe three or more Diet Cokes a day since I don't drink coffee. It was my "pick me up" drink. But, I've been eliminating as many chemicals as I can from my diet (high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, etc...) and want to give up drinking Diet Coke on a regular basis as well. I've read that Diet Coke really isn't good for you when you're trying to lose weight. Also, the chemicals aren't good regardless of your fitness goals.

    The problem is I'm not sure what else is a good drink besides water. My trainer suggested Crystal Light, but according to the package, it has aspartame (and a bunch of other chemicals) as well. So, I'm not quite sure it's any better. The packets you put in water bottles taste good, but is it really better than Diet Coke?

    Besides water, what can I drink that is going to be relatively good for me? It doesn't have to be full of vitamins or anything like that. I just want it to be better for me than Diet Coke and not hinder my weight loss goals.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks a lot.
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    May 18, 2008 1:10 AM GMT
    green tea gives you a natural boost in energy if thats what you're after. I work 12 hour shifts (7am to 7pm) so I have some with a snack later in the afternoon, gives me a good "pick me up" for the last few hours. it also has tons of health benefits.
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    May 26, 2008 6:20 PM GMT
    There is this diet soda called diet rite that is made with splenda instead of aspartame. So, that takes away some of the health risks as well as the extra sodium you were consuming with those diet cokes. I also have to second the green tea and herbal tea thing also.
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    May 26, 2008 6:28 PM GMT
    There is also Diet Coke with Splenda.
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    May 27, 2008 3:35 PM GMT
    If you are eliminating unnatural chemicals from your diet, Splenda would also have to be cut. Also, a study linked artificial sweeteners to weight gain. That would include artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose(Splenda) as well as natural ones like xylatol and stevia.

    Tea is where it is at. Green, black, oolong, Earl Grey, chamomile, chai, yerba mata... there is endless variety. Brew a pitcher of tea in the evening, throw it in the fridge, and enjoy real iced tea all day long.
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    May 27, 2008 3:48 PM GMT
    Splenda and other artificial sweeteners on there own are not what cause us to gain weight there is no chemical in them that makes us fat.

    What happens is because many of these sweetners are sweeter than sugar it tricks our brain into assosiating sweet foods and beverages with loosing weight when in fact its not the case at all. So people end up eating more sugar laced snacks.

    I drink Crystal light I enjoyed it however you should limit your self to two bottles a day as you might get a headache.

    Also if your looking to avoid chemicals I'd avoid it all together its made by Kraft and there notorious for using chemicals.. but then again nestle and all the others arn't much better. Like MZ said, I would try the Herbal tea drinks that seem to be popular right now.
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    May 27, 2008 4:25 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidIf you are eliminating unnatural chemicals from your diet, Splenda would also have to be cut. Also, a study linked artificial sweeteners to weight gain. That would include artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose(Splenda) as well as natural ones like xylatol and stevia.

    Tea is where it is at. Green, black, oolong, Earl Grey, chamomile, chai, yerba mata... there is endless variety. Brew a pitcher of tea in the evening, throw it in the fridge, and enjoy real iced tea all day long.


    So is sugar in coffee better than artificial sweetener? I drink herbal tea in the afternoon after my caffeine fix is satisfied.
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    May 27, 2008 4:32 PM GMT
    Wysiwyg60 said
    So is sugar in coffee better than artificial sweetener? I drink herbal tea in the afternoon after my caffeine fix is satisfied.



    I believe the studies say that when you eat an artificial sweetener, your body senses the sweet, and looks for the energy that come with that. When the energy doesn't arrive, your body then craves calories to make up for what it sees as an energy deficit. so artificial sweeteners can actually cause you to eat more.

    I personally would go for the sugar. I don't like the taste of artificial sweeteners, plus I'm not too keen on putting random chemicals with who knows what side effects into my body. It also doesn't hurt that I've got a fast metabolism so i can afford some sugar now and them.

    Although honey would probably be a better choice.
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    May 27, 2008 4:53 PM GMT
    I have just given up espresso on the weekdays (so hard but already seeing a lot of benefits), and have switched exclusively to herbal tea and water. I figure if I am denying myself the pleasure of my cappuccinos and lattes then I better get all the health perks out of it possible.
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    May 27, 2008 5:35 PM GMT
    I think artificial sweeteners are no good evil bad all the time. Putting some sugar in your coffee wont be the end of the world and it wont ruin your diet. I think xylatol is a great natural, non-caloric sweetener for baking, but I wouldn't put it in my coffee. Live a little and enjoy the sugar. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 27, 2008 5:48 PM GMT
    maybe i'm missing something but what's wrong with fruit juices? natural sugars are far more acceptable than refined sugars and artificial sweeteners.
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    May 27, 2008 6:14 PM GMT
    I really only drink water and fresh brewed iced tea. Everything else is full of crap. If I can't pronounce it, then i pass!
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    May 27, 2008 6:58 PM GMT
    halltd saidI used to drink maybe three or more Diet Cokes a day since I don't drink coffee. It was my "pick me up" drink. But, I've been eliminating as many chemicals as I can from my diet (high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, etc...) and want to give up drinking Diet Coke on a regular basis as well. I've read that Diet Coke really isn't good for you when you're trying to lose weight. Also, the chemicals aren't good regardless of your fitness goals.

    The problem is I'm not sure what else is a good drink besides water. My trainer suggested Crystal Light, but according to the package, it has aspartame (and a bunch of other chemicals) as well. So, I'm not quite sure it's any better. The packets you put in water bottles taste good, but is it really better than Diet Coke?

    Besides water, what can I drink that is going to be relatively good for me? It doesn't have to be full of vitamins or anything like that. I just want it to be better for me than Diet Coke and not hinder my weight loss goals.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks a lot.


    I've always found that some seltzer with a couple ounces of fruit juice is refreshing and tasty. If you crave the sweet mix a stevia packet into the juice before adding the seltzer.
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    May 27, 2008 7:02 PM GMT
    I just read a study in Men's Health comparing all the green teas and they like Republic best. Check it out for details.

    I also drink tons of good water with lime, grapefruit and orange juices squeezed into the water.... over ice. The only time I might drink a diet coke is out somewhere.

    If I have a real drink at a party, it might be Belevedere vodka with Chambord (equal parts) over ice. Or - Maker's Mark..... or a good red wine - but not very often.
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    May 27, 2008 7:06 PM GMT
    A terrific low-carb alcoholic drink is what my friend calls a Rose Kennedy:

    good vodka (esp citrus) + soda + splash of cranberry + lime wedge
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    Jun 13, 2008 2:47 PM GMT
    At my absolute worst weight, I was drinking up to 15 pints of coke in a shift (pub worker with all the free softdrinks I could handle).

    I now drink one or two coke zero's a day... compared to what I was weight wise, and what I consumed, I see this as a much healthier option.

    It's all about moderation... plus I still want to enjoy the things I enjoy on a semi regular basis
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    Jun 13, 2008 2:52 PM GMT
    if you want something stimulating in a natural and healthy way, try yerba mate tea. they drink it in south america- its organic and does its job well icon_smile.gif i also suggest a glass or red wine every night with dinner. other teas are great too- i drink my weight in white teas icon_razz.gif flavored waters are fun too, as a fresh change from tap water.