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#1 Brokenbad

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:02 PM

I am done with it, I have to be.

Earlier this year I was 178lbs and had a 16 inch neck and a 31 inch waist, 8% body fat. Recently, I was weighed at 180 and was measured at a 15 inch neck and a 34 inch waist, 18% body fat.

The biggest thing I have been doing is guzzling diet Mountain Dew and sugar
free energy drinks.

I quit cold turkey on Thursday, and I have already lost a couple of pounds, but haven't had the chance to measure.

I am making a post so early because I know it will help me keep my goal of quitting altogether.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:11 PM

I havn't had a soft drink in over 23 months now. Trying to stop sweet tea now(it's been two weeks). I pretty much drink water,coffee, or beer.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:21 PM

Time for me to get back to the gym. In april I was at about 205 then I hurt my shoulder. Now im around 190 and have no muscle definition. I hate it!!! Work starts monday!!!

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:44 PM

Not sure if you're saying the diet sodas are responsible for weight/body fat gain or not, so my post may be irrelevant. But, diet sodas don't cause you to gain weight, and more evidence shows that they can be used to lose weight. I have read before where diet sodas hold in water weight and belly fat specifically though. They can also trigger the consumer to crave sweeter foods.

Not trying to make the case that diet sodas are remotely good for you, and I drink way too many myself, but there isn't really any conclusive data that shows they make you gain weight.

http://www.webmd.com...ain-not-so-fast

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 05:00 PM

energy drinks wreck your body with tons of sugar.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 05:02 PM

Diet sodas aren't bad. Energy drinks are horrible for you though. Either way good decision. We all have things we need to cut out.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 05:11 PM

energy drinks wreck your body with tons of sugar.


Man I got addicted to them damn things recently and finally stopped when my heart started beating like crazy. I could hear it in my ears. Bad for the heart too.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 05:34 PM

Diet Sodas are just as harmful as regular. Just as Light Cigs are as unhealthy as full flavors. People see that "Diet" tag and think it's healthier. Nope. All is bad.

Credibility: Lifelong smoker/soda drinker.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 05:37 PM

When I switched from regular sodas to diet I lost 10lbs right away. They may not be healthy but they are healthier than regular.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 05:48 PM

When I switched from regular sodas to diet I lost 10lbs right away. They may not be healthy but they are healthier than regular.


This. I used diet soda to help lose about 40 lbs a few years back. Do they have their issues? Obviously. But they are healthier than regular soda.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:06 PM

No major soda brand is healthy, diet or not. You fools look silly. They are both EXTREMELY bad for you.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:12 PM

No major soda brand is healthy, diet or not. You fools look silly. They are both EXTREMELY bad for you.



Ooooo... Diet soda. I'm scared.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:15 PM

Ooooo... Diet soda. I'm scared.


Nothing I say is going to make you stop drinking them. Just don't delude yourself into thinking they are somehow healthy, because they are decidedly not. Just like anything else that someone eats that unhealthy, it's a long term effect. Not something that's just going to jump out and bite you, but rather a cumulative effect towards bad health.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:18 PM

Nothing I say is going to make you stop drinking them. Just don't delude yourself into thinking they are somehow healthy, because they are decidedly not. Just like anything else that someone eats that unhealthy, it's a long term effect. Not something that's just going to jump out and bite you, but rather a cumulative effect towards bad health.



I just said they aren't healthy just healthier than regular.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:22 PM


Did you know that Americans drink almost more soda than water?

Water is the most important nutrient for the human body. Water comprises about 75-80% of the human mass and is vital for every cell. Since it is the body's most abundant substance, water is a very important component in your overall health.

The term "soft drink" is misleading because it is anything but soft on the body. In fact, there are many potential health risks associated with soft drinks. Many soda drinkers are not aware of the dangers of this beverage.


Origins

Soda pop actually originated in pharmacies. It was used as a drug or pharmaceutical substance. Several inventers of certain brands of soda pop, such as John Pemberton, the inventor of Coca-Cola, were pharmacists who patented soda pop as medicine. Adding to its appeal, Coca-Cola was known to relieve indigestion and hyspepsia.

Because soda pop was supposed to be a great reliever of dyspepsia, a brand was finally produced whose name was hidden in the word "dyspepsia". We find Pepsi within the word dys(pepsi)a.

7-Up was originally a drug or medicine used on mental patients. It was given to people in insane asylums. The name 7-Up derives from the drug originally having seven ingredients, with the seventh ingredient being lithium, a known chemical drug that is given for depression.

Incidentally, soda pop originally started out as liquid drug (medicine) sold at the local pharmacy.

So why do we drink soda pop? Well, because we've been conditioned to drink soda pop and we enjoy the taste. But it's potentially quite dangerous to our health.


Sweeteners

Soda pop contains some of the most harmful synthetic sweeteners in existence. Many brands of soda pop contain aspartame and saccharin, both of which are artificial sweeteners and proven to cause cancer.

Aspartame

Aspartame-which is 200 times sweeter than sugar-is an artificially made sweetener composed of two amino acids - phenylalanine and aspartic acid. It contains 10% methyl alcohol, which is also known as methanol (a light volatile pungent flammable poisonous liquid alcohol used as a solvent, anti-freeze, or denaturant for ethyl alcohol and in the synthesis of other chemicals). It's also a known neurotoxin that impairs brain health and function. A neurotoxin is a toxin that can adversely affect fetal brain development in unborn babies.

At the temperature of 86 degrees farenheit, aspartame converts into a neurotoxin called formaldehyde. Since the human body's natural temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, aspartame will automatically convert into formaldehyde once inside the human body. Those who consume aspartame are essentially embalming themselves with formaldehyde.

Saccharin

Saccharin is just as dangerous and toxic as aspartame. Saccharin is a non-caloric petroleum derivative that is 300 times sweeter than sugar. Saccharin is absorbed but not modified by the body. It is excreted unchanged in the urine. Saccharine causes bladder cancer in lab animals, which means that it will also cause bladder cancer in humans.

Other sweeteners

High fructose corn syrup is another dangerous sugar that many soda brands contain. Once ingested, this harmful sugar goes straight into the blood and adversely affects blood sugar levels almost instantly.

ACE-K is one of the latest synthetic sweeteners added to soda brands such as Pepsi-Cola. This drug adversely affects the brain.

Other brands of soda pop may contain corn syrup or dextrose, both of which are harmful to your health.

Sugar

Some soda pop brands outright use sugar in addition to other artificial sweeteners. Sugar is the number one legalized drug on the planet. It kills more people in one day than all the illegal drugs combined within 1,000 years.

One can of soda is equivalent to 11 tablespoons of sugar. No wonder soda pop consumption plays a role in diabetes, kidney failure, and anxiety. Mark Pendergrast, author of "For God, Country and Coca-Cola" correctly states that soda is "99 percent sugar water."

Nowadays, public schools have soda-dispensing machines throughout the campus of junior high schools and high schools throughout the nation.

Coloring

Caramel coloring creates a brown color of the cola beverages. Caramel is nothing but burnt white sugar. So soda pop literally contains sugar on top of sugar. Soda pop simply has too much sugar in it and thus is a major drug.

Caffeine

Soda pop contains high amounts of a drug called caffeine. Caffeine belongs to a chemical drug group known as Methyl-Xanthines.

Twenty to thirty percent of American adults consume more than 500 milligrams of caffeine per day. This is twice the amount that doctors consider to be a large "drug dose."

Digesting caffeine places severe stress on your heart. It also drives your nervous system into a state of sympathetic alert, the state you attain when a wild animal is chasing you and you are running for your life.

Hundreds of thousands of young American schoolchildren are drinking a soda in the morning before class starts every single day. Caffeine and sugar consumption is the a major reason why anxiety is a problem in American public schools. Caffeine is one of the world's most psycho-active drugs and sugar is the most addictive drug on the planet.

Caffeine depletes you in B-vitamins, especially B1 (thiamin). Vitamin B1 deficiency symptoms include fatigue, nervousness, general aches and pains, and headaches.

If your adrenal glands do not react to the stimulation of caffeine, it could mean that you are headed for a physical breakdown due to adrenal exhaustion.

When you get into a state of sympathetic alert, your digestive system turns off because your blood is now sent preferentially to your muscles, lungs, and heart.

If you have any food in your digestive tract, it is subject to fermentation, and eventually becomes rancid from sitting too long in the intestinal tract that is shut down. Instead of being nourished by your food, your body becomes poisoned by the rotting products of incomplete digestion.

Caffeine also has diuretic properties that put extra stress on the kidneys and causes dehydration. Caffeine makes the nervous system work harder than it needs to.

Various studies have linked caffeine to birth defects. Research shows that caffeine interferes with DNA replication and depletes the body of vital nutrients, especially B-vitamins, Vitamin C, zinc, and potassium. Caffeine can also prevent the absorption of iron.

More than all other drugs combined, Americans have a physiological and/or psychological dependency on caffeine.

Most well-known and liked soda brands are loaded with caffeine. Consider the following:
  • Mountain Dew - 54.0 milligrams
  • TAB - 46.8 milligrams
  • Coca-Cola - 45.6 milligrams
  • Diet Coke - 45.6 milligrams
  • Shasta Cola - 44.4 milligrams
  • Dr. Pepper - 39.6 milligrams
  • Pepsi-Cola - 38.4 milligrams
  • RC Cola - 36.0 milligrams
Preservatives

Soda contains preservatives as well. The chief preservative in many soda brands is sodium benzoate. Sodium benzoate is used to preserve freshness. Soda has to be preserved because it is a dead substance. If something needs to be preserved, then it is dead.

Most soda brands contain "taste freshener" chemicals such as erythorbic acid and potassium benzoate. It can also contain "flavor protector" chemicals such as calcium disodium. All of these chemicals are synthetic. Once inside the body, they help to preserve the taste of other chemicalized foodstuffs in addition to corrupting and polluting the taste buds.

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