** Amber's Belly Fat Cure Shopping List - Download or Print HERE **

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Giving Up Diet Soda

How glad am I that I gave up Diet Soda? So glad! And lately everyone seems to agree with that. Just this week I've read an article on Diet Soda causing strokes and cancer. An article in Time even said the state of California considers one of the ingredients a carcinogen and is considering making soda's having a cancer warning, similar to those on cigarettes. How crazy is that?

Before I started the Belly Fat Cure I drank lots of Coke Zero. People made negative comments to me about artificial sweeteners, but I just ignored it all. I felt like it was my life line, my one saving grace as a dieter. It tasted SO good and without it I'd be drinking the real thing. But thinking back to how strongly I was attached to my diet soda, I see it was a problem. Being that attached to a food isn't good and is a clear sign of addiction. "There is NO WAY I'm giving up diet soda" is a sign you should totally be giving it up.

Then there is a whole debate about Diet Soda actually making us overweight. But I have to say, which came first? The chicken or the egg. Overweight people drink Diet Soda. Skinny folks mostly drink Regular Soda. So does that mean it made us fat? Statistics are so easy to manipulate to get the answer you want.

This is one area I have not cheated in, not even a little bit. I realize that I have a very strong attraction to soda and diet soda, so I don't go near it. I still have some in the extra refridgerator and offer it to guests when appropriate. It has been over a year now, and I feel like it is a huge accomplishment. This interesting article in Elle gives good insight into diet soda and this one from the Huffington Post talks about the addictive qualities of it.

What about you? Did you stop drinking/eating something you really loved for a diet? Do you miss it? Here are some options to soda and diet soda that I have reviewed and liked the best. (To see the full reviews click HERE) None of these use artificial sweeteners or caramel coloring. Also, none of them are cheap, like regular soda. So I have linked to known coupons or specials I could find:

Hint Premium Essence Water, Raspberry-Lime, 16-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 12) Hint Water has an ongoing sale on Amazon for 30% off. Enter the code HINTBEV5 at checkout to get the discount. I really love Hint, I thought all the flavors are great and very light. They come in tons of yummy flavors and are truly a favorite soda alternative for me.

Zevia Natural Diet Soda, Cola, 12-Ounce Cans (Pack of 24)LIKE Zevia on Facebook and you can get a $2.50 coupon to print and use in stores. Zevia is the officially approved soda on the Belly Fat Cure, and I thought it was pretty good. It uses sugar alcohols to sweeten it, so you need to limit the amount you have. They have lots of new flavors that just came out, including Decaf Cola and Grape, along with all their existing flavors.

Steaz Zero Calorie Iced Teaz, Raspberry , 16-Ounce (Pack of 12)Steaz sparkling tea is another great alternative to soda! Their drinks are light, not syrupy sweet and some sugar alcohol to sweeten them. They are just making the switch from clear bottles to cans. Be sure and look for the ones marked "0 Calorie". I couldn't find any current coupons for Steaz but if you buy a case at Whole Foods you can get 10% off.

A really good friend who has also had great success on the BFC turned me on to BlueSky Free. It is a little less expensive than Zevia, and just as good or better in taste. Be sure and choose the FREE flavors, as the others have lots of sugar. I really like these too, but are a little more difficult to find!

SoBe Lifewater 0 Calories, Mango Melon, 20-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 12)Blue Sky Free Cherry Vanilla Cream, 12-Ounce Cans (Pack of 24)Sobe 0 Calorie drinks are also a good option and pretty easy to find. Jorge Cruise mentions them in his book also. Watch Target for sales, they sometimes offer them half off or 10/$10 with a free $10 gift card (so they are free!) If you find them to be too sweet, consider cutting it with water. They are also sweetened with sugar alcohols and come in several really good flavors.

Metromint Water, Goodberrymint, 16.9-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 12)
I really love the cool refreshing taste of MetroMint waters. Ha, that sounds like an ad, but it is really a neat taste. They come in tall thin plastic bottles with minty flavors (I haven't tried all the flavors, but I hear the Cherry Chocolate isnt so good). If you LIKE them on Facebook you get a BOGO (buy one, get one) coupon. Thankfully my corner grocery store carries MetroMint.


  1. Hey Amber! I used to be one of those people who couldnt live without my Diet Mountain Dew! I used to call it the "nectar of the gods". I looked at it one day and thought to myself, I am drinking a neon green drink!" This cant possibly be good for me. So at the start of Lent, I eliminated diet soda and I cant believe how great I feel without it!! I used to love the caffeine kick I would get from it but now I rely on my coffee for that kick in the morning and I have replaced pretty much everything else with just plain water. I do have one bottle of Vitamin Water Zero each day and that satisfies my need to have something with flavor.
    Thanks for a great post!
    Have a nice weekend!

  2. Yeah I too drank diet Coke and Coke Zero all the time before I started the BFC. I now only drink a zevia or blue skies just once in a while.
    And you are right, only over weight people drink diet - funny huh?
    Have a great day :-)

  3. Diet soda contains calories which are not far from a regular drink.

  4. So glad you all kicked the habit too! I was so resistant to quiting, it took paying for a class to make me try it. But I am just shocked at all the articles lately talking about the addictive qualities of diet soda & artificial sweeteners.

    Buy PGX - The Belly Fat Cure does not count calories, only sugar/carbs.

  5. I.finally stopped drinking diet cola, I've noticed my belly has shrunk. No amount of sit ups would have worked as long as I was drinking diet coke