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My first question is Will drinking diet soda effect my Nutrisystem diet? Thanks for any answer or 2. Another quick question... Gents,.

Newbie here. This has probably been covered somewhere in these forums but I haven't seen much on it so I'll ask:.

I am a Diet coke freak - to the tune of probably 80 - 100 ounces per day prior to NS. I don't drink coffee so this is my only caffiene (admittedly a lot). I have heard from my wife and a few others this can inhibit weight loss, even though there are no calories in the stuff..

Since I started Nutrisystem I have cut the Diet Coke consumption by probably half in order to get my 64 ounces of water in, but I still like the stuff and it serves to keep me alert in the morning especially..

Anyone with some info about this? Do I need to cut the stuff out completely or is it OK as long as I drink water also?.

Cheers, Andy..

asked Apr 21 at 16:05

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Yes sir! although you might wanna make sure and wait for another person to confirm my answer as I am unsure. Better yet, why don't you contact the Nutrisystem guys because they can answer your Nutrisystem question better...

answered Apr 21 at 17:42

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These are various questions answered in the e-classes by Mary Gregg, the NutriSystem head dietitian, regarding beverage consumption:.

Question: Can we drink Crystal Light and count as water?.

MARY: Yes, but I would try to get some pure water in addition..

Question: I drink the 8 glasses, but some times add in a flavored water like dasani lemon, can I count that?.

Mary: Yes, you can count the Dasani as part of your water..

Question: Why is it that diet soda is not as good as water for your body? They both have no calories, fat, etc.?.

Mary: Diet sodas contain phosphoric acid which can remove calcium from your bones..

Question: How does tea and coffee work into the 8 glasses of water we're supposed to drink?.

Mary: If they are decaf, they can be used as part of the water...but try to get most of your fluid requirement as pure water..

Question: Does tea and.

Diet sodas count as water???.

Mary: Diet soda is not the healthiest choice...I suggest that you limit diet soda to about 1 a day (that is my personal recommendation, not the program's guideline)..

Caffeine-free tea could be counted for part of your water..

Question: Is diet snapple ok?.

Mary: Diet Snapple (if it is sodium free and caffeine free) could be counted as part of your water..

Question: What about green tea?.

Mary: Green tea is very healthful and has been linked to better fat loss and there are health benefits to both green and black tea..

Question: Can you drink tea with caffeine?.

Mary: Yes,.

We do not restrict beverages with caffeine...but we do not count them as part of the water recommendation...

answered Apr 21 at 19:14

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Thanks for asking this, BigTex..

Before starting I was drink on average, 12, 12oz cans of diet coke a day..

Since starting I've been trying to cut it down with the goal of eventually stopping altogether. I don't think I'm going to be one of those people that can only drink a few..

If you google you'll see a LOT of new studies that indicate links between drinking diet soda and obesity..

So I started by drinking the water to cut down on some of my DC naturally..

Then I started drinking 8 oz. cans instead of 12 oz cans. May seem simplistic, but I could still drink it and drink less..

Now I'm down to about 1/2 as much diet coke. still struggling with drinking the water. but I'm getting there..

Good luck to you...

answered Apr 21 at 20:44

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Hi all, I'm new here and stumbled onto this thread- thought I'd toss in my 2 cents. They are finding that diet sodas actually increase some people's appetite (hence the connection to obesity) and craving for sweets. I would try as hard as possible to keep those chemicals out of your system if you can. I know it's a hard addiction to break but it can't be healthy to be hooked on that stuff- especially with all of the unnatural stuff they put in it..

My dad lost 40lbs on Nutrisystem so far and that's why I'm starting. He said he lost weight fastest when he cut out Diet soda and caffeine. That's just his experience- everyone's body is different..

I found this sparkling water with lime w/ no sweetener made by poland spring. It kinda fulfills my soda craving in a sprite sort of way so I'm gonna try and stick with that. Wish me luck..

answered Apr 21 at 21:28

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Diet soda has been clinically proven to increase dehydration rates, and increase appetite..

Neither side effect is something any of us need..

On the subject of coffee, two cups of coffee a day will actually do you some good. Though a whole pot of coffee probably won't. Heh..

Having said that, I really like Diet Pepsi, the taste of it. So once a week I have some. I drink far more than 100 ounces of water a day, I doubt that Diet Pepsi is going to hurt me...

answered Apr 21 at 21:47

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Being a truck driver that works nites, I drink two 20 oz diet cokes every nite. One on the way to my destination, one on the way back to my home terminal. If for some reason I drink one really fast in either direction, I'll stop at a service plaza on the turnpike and get a water..

It may not be the best stuff for ya, but I need caffeine to stay awake for the 554 miles I drive every nite Monday thru Friday, and it sure beats the heck out of the regular coke and pepsi I used to drink all the time...

answered Apr 21 at 23:05

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Caffeine is a diuretic, or is it?.

Disclaimer: I drink a pot of DarkRoast everyday. 1/2 in the mornings and 1/2 in the afternoon. So what the hell do I know?..

answered Apr 21 at 23:57

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Also a newbie. Thanks for bringing this subject forward. I also have an addiction to diet cola to break. Seems the aspartame (Equal) in it is suspected cause of dementia...

answered Apr 22 at 01:19

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So I used to drink about 6 diet cokes a day...sometimes more. I have always had a hard time losing and keeping weight off..

Quit drinking diet coke cold turkey about 2 years ago...been on Nutrisystem since September. All I drink is coffee in the morning, water all day and evening, with an occasional glass of red wine or a pint of Guiness..

The weight is coming off and staying off..

Is it the NS? I'm sure that has a lot to do with it. But the no diet cokes and "mostly" only water has to help..

Is it five o'clock yet?..

answered Apr 22 at 01:29

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Gosh. I feel guilty for drinking Diet Coke....my only vice. I don't disbelieve any of the above. However, I have not craved anything or been hungry since being on NS...so, I have not seen an adverse affect to Diet Coke in that sense. I'm not sure about the dementia part....I just can't remember..

:-) Saying that, I'm sure it's not ideal to drink 6 DCs a day, but I will most likely continue...

answered Apr 22 at 02:27

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I just switched to Splenda after being a loyal nutrisweet customer for years. And in walks my housekeeper with Truvia coupons. Had to put 6 Truvia to get the sweetness of 4 Splenda in the coffee that I'm drinking right now. I think I'll stick with Splenda...

answered Apr 22 at 03:37

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I gave up caffiene in July of 2007 when I joined NS. I use to drink about 8 sodas a day with a couple ice teas mixed in. Once I got over the initial headaches the need for caffiene was gone. I don't miss it and I save about $5 a day...

answered Apr 22 at 04:48

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I'm pretty happy with Truvia - Splenda tended to leave a slightly chemical aftertaste in my mouth. But, my threshold for sweetness is vastly lower - I drink coffee black as example and quit soda about a decade ago. I use about half a packet of Truvia per 8oz cup of tea (or, really, a packet, since I tend to drink hot tea 16oz's at a time)...

answered Apr 22 at 06:05

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Obivously we have to eat food and some of those can be addicting, carbs and such. My train of thought is if you have to have it , (not including food as our lifeline) than it aint no good!!!! If you can get by with one soda a day or one cup without needing it, than you will be all the better!.

I feel great I have a cup of chai tea in the morning with 2 splenda! I actually am about ready to out that one to.. I was a big coffee actually starbucks mocha & those damn frappucinos addict... hahaaha.

I feel great now that I don't count on caffenated drinks nor the types of carbs I was hooked on...

I am new, but I am also in the honeymoon stage so I feel better than ever!.

I am gonna ride this honeymoon train for as long as possible!..

answered Apr 22 at 06:10

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Thanks for the great responses everyone. I only had 5 diet cokes today so I guess that is some progress.

This is only my 4th day on Nutrisystem food so I am still adjusting to this new lifestyle (it does appear to be working so far!!). Maybe I'll work on the diet coke thing after I have settled into Nutrisystem a bit more.

Many of you that responded have been highly successful on the program. Just want to say you guys and girls are definitely motivators for those of us just starting, and your replies are really appreciated!.

Good luck to my fellow Nutrisystem newbies, and for you Nutrisystem veterans - keep up the good work!.


answered Apr 22 at 06:35

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No guilt intended- just love and support!.

I'm a little worried about all of this diet coke consumption.

I would try really really hard to cut back on the diet soda- I know it's hard I used to be really addicted to it. I'd have a soda as soon as I woke up instead of coffee. I know a lot of people feel that they NEED the caffeine but diet soda is addictive for lots of other reasons. No addictions are healthy (I mean unless you're hooked on going to the gym every day.


I would say it might be a good idea to search for other ways to get caffeine say hot tea or something of that sort and try and break that chemical addiction to those fake sugars. Who knows what the long term effects of drinking a 6pack or more of diet chemical medley is?.

If we're all ready to make this big change by going on Nutrisystem I say we start a cola addiction support group..

Again, I'll suggest seltzer and sparkling water. It gets you those fizzies that you crave w/o all the other stuff..

Oh and bravo to those of you who are trying to cut back or have given up caff all together! What an accomplishment. You get applause from me- that is no easy feat...

answered Apr 22 at 06:53

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Any comments or thoughts on the Kellogg's K20? It is a protein water mix that flavors your water. I've been adding one to a BIG (24 oz) cup I have at my desk. The flavor makes a little change. It does have 30 calories, 40mg of Sodium (which seems a little high) and 6g carbs, 5g or which are Fiber. Comments or thoughts???..

answered Apr 22 at 07:55

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I'm a Diet Pepsi fiend. I have been drinking it for years. I can't give it up. It may slow down my weight loss, but whatever...I'm not in a race. I drink 12+ glasses of water a day, plus two or three cans of Diet Pepsi. I try to drink extra water in the amount of the Diet Pepsi I consume. Great Question!!!!..

answered Apr 22 at 08:55

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I go through 2 liters of seltzer a day. It's simply carbonated water, unlike club soda that has added minerals...

answered Apr 22 at 09:46

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