Kicking the soda addiction!

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    Oct 02, 2011 3:12 AM GMT
    My biggest hurdle in weight loss is kicking the soda (fizzy drink, pop, cool drink) addiction.

    Since my teens I've drunk cola by the gallon and when I do stop I get withdrawl symptoms and sugar/caffine cravings.

    I can't drink diet sodas since the aspartame additive doesn't agree with me.

    Can someone give me advice from experience on how to stop drinking soda and curb the cravings?
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    Oct 02, 2011 4:17 AM GMT
    I fucking love

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    but since it has artificial sweeteners, probably throw that out. Or you could make your own with some sparkling water and fruit juices.

    I've been trying to kick out artificial sweeteners too lately and have been drinking plain ice tea for my caffine fix.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 02, 2011 4:25 AM GMT
    Your body is used to it and very difficult to break... trust me, I know from experience.

    My suggestion. Let it sit a day, then drink it... drink a whole glass of it
    and stare at the bottle.. think of the pop you are drinking and drink some more. It goes a long way toward curbing you of the addiction....

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    Oct 02, 2011 4:44 AM GMT
    Unfortunately diet soda gets a bad rap as people feel it's too good to be true. I did alot of research on the matter, and their is no actual physical evidence it slows down metabolism. And it can't spike your insulin as their is no sugar in it, as anyone it diabetes would know your insulin is spiked by carbs, especially the simple kind. That's what I found from my research, I also spent a week searching online for testimonies of people who drink diet sodas, with pretty much all cases. People said by simply just changing to diet soda they lost a significant amount of weight. Also balanced with water... The point is, if you're going to drink soda, go with diet. As it may just be chemicals... But it's still better for you then normal soda, I find alone that with diet coke I can stabilize my weight... Soon as I start drinking normal soda though over a week I start regaining. However what I would suggest diet cordial, it's not entirely chemicals as the brand I get is made with real fruit... It has like 10 calories per serve of which is 250 ml. And you can fill up a drink bottle and have it for a day. That's what I did to get me through and worked perfectly!

    Good luck! And don't be too strict on yourself! That'll only cause you to give up and go in the other direction! Trust me! It's like quitting smoking, baby steps.
  • btone1456

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    Oct 02, 2011 4:47 AM GMT
    I weened of of soda with flavored setlzer. fizzy no calories or sugars. just water.
  • dancedancekj

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    Oct 02, 2011 4:48 AM GMT
    I can't kick my soda pop habit. It's my one indulgence that I can't seem to break. I can give up chocolate, wheat, dairy, meat, fruit, even sex, but not soda pop. Argh.
  • DreamItDoIt

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    Oct 02, 2011 6:06 AM GMT
    Have you tried the Stevia based sodas? Like Zevia. Supposedly there is coke/pepsi with stevia or in the works. They have a distinct stevia taste, but could get you through the tapering icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 02, 2011 6:28 AM GMT
    Just go coldturkey, that's what I did n seemed to work fine & dandy.
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    Oct 02, 2011 6:32 AM GMT
    I just tapered down. I used to drink root beer but I just started drinking tea instead.
  • tyler_helm

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    Oct 02, 2011 6:55 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidFor caffeine, try taking 200mg pills a few times a day in order to get the energy you used to get from soda. Or switch to coffee, at least it has antioxidants to fight free radicals.

    I take 4-600mg of caffeine daily in pill form to help me burn fat and to keep me alert.

    I can't drink soda and was never addicted to it but I used to drink a lot of Crystal Light in the past. But that crap is nothing but junk. Now I drink about a gallon of filtered water daily.


    I used to drink too much soda... Alot of soda at thealst 240 OZ a day. I packed on 40 extra pounds...

    I can't quit completly yet, but I have had some success with I can drink as much soda as I want as long as I drink double the volume it ice water before I have another soda. 40 lbs later and I feel better and drink maybe 60 oz a day. If the water is getting old squirt some lemon juice in the water it helps
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    Oct 02, 2011 7:04 AM GMT
    DreamItDoIt saidHave you tried the Stevia based sodas? Like Zevia. Supposedly there is coke/pepsi with stevia or in the works. They have a distinct stevia taste, but could get you through the tapering icon_razz.gif


    but Zevia tastes bad. I tried the Lemon Lime flavor. I didn't like it. plus it is expensive. I think maybe Zevia are amateurs who probably don't know the right way to flavor soda.
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    Oct 02, 2011 7:15 AM GMT
    I've gradually weaned myself off of soda, and it's really paid off for me physically. Months ago, I switched from Coke to Jones Cola, which is sweetened with sucrose instead of HFCS. It's more expensive, so that encouraged me to drink less of it, too.

    When Pepsi started making Throwback, I switched to it instead. By then, I had really cut down my consumption, so I wasn't buying it as often, plus, it runs the same price as regular Pepsi.

    I drink one 12 oz. can of Pepsi Throwback a day, and water the rest of the day. I maintain my limit by taking the can with me to work in the morning, and most days I don't even finish the whole can by lunchtime. That gives me enough caffiene to get through the day (coffee makes me too jittery). I also keep a plastic Nalgene bottle and a Brita pitcher at work to make it convenient for me to keep drinking water.
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    Oct 02, 2011 7:28 AM GMT
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    But, in my defense I don't drink coffee and I do drink A LOT of water
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    Oct 02, 2011 7:36 AM GMT
    I want to drop soda before the end of the year, too... thanks for all the ideas, this is great...
  • AfterForever

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    Oct 02, 2011 7:38 AM GMT
    I just went on a soda strike this week actually. My first week ever without soda! I've been drinking LaCroix flavored sparkling water. It took some getting used to, but it's definitely better for you then soda. It has the fizziness that sodas have so that could help in making the transition out of soda.

    Good luck!

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    Oct 02, 2011 7:45 AM GMT
    But it's so ice cold, fizzy, and refreshing

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  • metta

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    Oct 02, 2011 8:00 AM GMT
    Recognize that the cravings are actually an addiction to sugar. I found that after I stopped drinking sodas for a long time that they taste terrible now. They are way too sweet. But I will warn you that other foods that are primarily made of sugar will also taste too sweet once your addition/cravings are gone. For example, I find reese's peanut butter cups to taste bleck. There are some frostings on cakes that are just too sweet to even eat. Some are really good...like some of the buttercream frostings but some are really horrible and I have no idea how stores can get away with selling stuff like that.
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    Oct 02, 2011 8:45 AM GMT
    I never drank a lot of soda but now I don't drink it at all, I'm addicted to the Arizona green tea, and it is healthy and it's not a company from Arizona, they tweeted "Arizona is and always has been a NY based company! " so people wouldn't boycott them, I was gonna boycott them because I'm Latino and now I'm glad I don't have to icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 02, 2011 8:51 PM GMT
    Kicking the soda addiction, as you put it, was my first step to eating healthier. I used to (no joke) drink one-two 2-liter bottles of soda per day which makes me feel nauseous just thinking about.

    Then it was fast food because that was a prime way for me to get my soda.

    After some time, you will begin to crave healthier foods instead. Your taste and desire will change.
    That's the first thing I would stress as a motivating factor; just know that eventually you will enjoy other drinks given enough time.

    What helped me get over the initial cravings were fruit juices (100% juices; not the cocktails).

    Also, I cut down on my selection of soda. For instance, instead of drinking Pepsi, 7UP, Dr. Pepper, Sprite, Cactus Cooler, Coke, and ginger ale, I just allowed myself ginger ale or 7UP.
    Not only did I cut back on the selection but the quantity. One, maybe two cans of soda per day at first (which is a substantial difference from 1-2 bottles). Once I adapted to that and substituted in more juices and I eventually dropped drinking the cans of soda too.

    Now I rarely even drink soda because it's just too sweet and doesn't quench the thirst.

    After I dropped soda out of the diet, I began cutting back on the fruit juices but I still haven't totally cut them out. It's better to eat the fruits as they are so you can get more fiber but the 100% juices aren't as bad as soda. Be careful of how much juice you consume too in the long run.

    That's how I was able to do it anyway. Some may have a quicker way of curbing and cutting the addiction but in order for me to stay motivated I took smaller steps and didn't trust most dieting products.

    Another motivator for me has been just researching the ingredients in soda and knowing the long-term physical costs. If you are at all concerned about your health and you know what soda can do, you will be more than happy to at least cut back and replace it with a more healthy alternative that hydrates much more efficiently.

    Also also, depending on what alcoholic drinks you have, be careful to not let your drink mixes get the better of you.

    Again, depends on what works best for you. Some people can just drop a habit over night and walk away from it for good, while others (such as myself) sometimes require a gradual change to something like a new diet.
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    Oct 02, 2011 8:53 PM GMT
    Drink water dude, nothing is better for you than that.
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    Oct 02, 2011 8:54 PM GMT
    Hey bud... here's what I tried when I was trying to kick my soda addiction. Have a perrier (or some other kind of fizzy water) with a lemon or orange, that will satisfy your sweettooth... while still keeping your cravings for fizzy drinks in check.
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    Oct 02, 2011 8:58 PM GMT
    Claude23 saidDrink water dude, nothing is better for you than that.


    I second this. Water ends up being the best drink.
    Just know that if you get tired of water and would like a bit of flavor, there are many alternatives to soda and juice.

    If you are eating healthy and physically active, you are allowed some discretionary calories.
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    Oct 02, 2011 9:07 PM GMT
    I have the same problem. The problem with soda is that the sugar + caffeine combination sends you into a fuel, crash, and refuel cycle where we use soda as an energy or rehydration source. If that's what you give your body, that's what your brain is going to demand. I wish I had all the answers on how to eliminate it. Some days I do better than others. I do notice that if I make it a point to drink water, that's what I crave when I get thirsty. If I make it a point to eat fruit, that's what I crave when I want a sugar boost. There have been times in my life that I have done better than others with sodas and sugar. Sugar addiction creates a slippery slope because when you're off of it, you don't miss it that much so once you start to indulge every once in awhile and next thing you know you're craving it and relying on it for energy. I guess it's like any other drug in that sense.

    Good luck.
  • ohioguy12

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    Oct 02, 2011 9:18 PM GMT
    I thought about giving up soda, but when I realized that meant I couldn't have a rum and coke I quit.
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    Oct 02, 2011 9:36 PM GMT
    I am addicted to diet sodas. My favorite is Coke Zero with Vanilla.

    Anyway, if diet sodas with aspartame do not agree with you, they do make diet coke with splenda. You might try that.

    Or if it's the caffeine more than the carbonation, you may try switching to iced tea for a while.

    Good luck. This is a difficult challenge.