Stop Drinking Soda Now

Last year I finally stopped drinking soda, and it was the best thing that I ever did. This hub chronicles how I once loved soda, and I would say giving it up is a good thing.

Most people are excited to start drinking legally at the age twenty-one (here in the US), but I never had much of an interest in alcohol because I personally do not like the taste. However, I have always had a little bit of a sweet tooth in moderation, except by the time I reached the age of twenty-one I started giving into my cravings way too often. At first, I started drinking soda as an alternative to coffee, and a way to stay alert during my senior year of college. Over time I became addicted to the powerful sugar and caffeine combination in each little bottle of Coca Cola, so from time to time I would drink diet soda , which is not healthy. During my freshman year of college I had lost thirty pounds because I started eating fewer carbs, but during my senior year of college I ended up gaining the fabled "freshman 15" plus some because of my new found love of soda.

However, I did not stop drinking soda, and this beverage began to take its toll on my metabolism. During my senior year of college, I also started drinking caramel frappucinos and eating brownies at Starbucks when I volunteered to help international students with their English conversational skills. I was lured to the Starbucks either before or after volunteering at the extension center, but these little treats began to add up as a financial and caloric expense. Did I really need these treats? No, but I love sweets and they cloyingly called my name from across the street! After college, I continued indulging in sweets, and as a concession, I started drinking diet soda. However, I really never liked the taste of artificial sweetener, so a few years ago I started drinking the regular soda again and my weight went up. Over the last couple of years, I have stopped drinking soda entirely, but this has been very difficult and I must stick with it! Kicking soda to the curb is helping to cut down a number of sweets I consume on a daily basis and lower my overall weight. Goodbye soda and hello to a more healthy me! Walking and not drinking soda has helped me to lose weight, and get back into shape.

Soda Was Not Always My Favorite

At one time soda was not one of my favorite drinks. When I moved into the dorms during freshman year I actually lost weight because I stopped snacking on chips and salsa, bread, and crackers, and I started eating more healthy in general. During my freshman year, I would say my overall eating habits were excellent and soda really was of no interest to me. Most students were going back the unlimited soda fountain several times during meals, but I was drinking non-fat milk with meals and actually losing weight. Over that summer I was impressed people noticed I had lost weight, so I decided to lose even more and became anorexic. By the time I was a sophomore I went down to 97 pounds at one point, and if it were not for the pressure of a few friends and family I probably would have lost way too much weight. When I reached the age of twenty-one I decided I was through with looking super slender, and wanted to start having more sweets. Some people may look good at hundred pounds, but I was surely not one of them. When I went out for friends I started ordering sodas and Starbucks drinks because they did, and for the first time in years I was enjoying sweets. Soda in conjunction with Starbucks indulgences was not good for my weight in the long term. I was happy to have gained twenty pounds because I looked more vibrant, but looking back I wish I had regained that weight in a more healthful fashion than by simply consuming sweets.

Calories, Calories, Calories!

A person has to consume approximately 3,500 calories to gain one pound of weight, which can happen pretty quickly if you are drinking one or more bottles of soda per day. A twenty-ounce bottle of my favorite coca-cola soda has 250 calories, and over 23% of the daily allotted amount of carbohydrates. I am so bad when it comes to my love of soda and I admit to having recently guzzled up to two bottles of this sweet concoction per day, which is an astounding 500 calories my body did not need! Do the math and you will begin to see why I put on weight and was unable to take it off. Actually, when I started running back in 2002 I lost a considerable amount of weight, but the level of exercise required to maintain this weight was very difficult. Also, between 2002 and 2004 I was drinking a bit less soda, but in 2004 I started drinking more soda. At the time I felt I could splurge since I was in constant pain and could no longer go running, so I ended up going back up to my original weight over time. Calories can be the enemy when trying to keep weight off, so drinking soda did not help in this battle.

The Diet Soda Fantasy

I started drinking diet soda between 2005-2006, and I lost weight. Instead of walking, I started walking long distances. Another fantasy I had about diet soda was I was being more healthy when I consumed this, but often it prompted me to eat more desserts because I thought I was "saving" on calories. Whenever I had a diet soda it made my sweet tooth craving worse and I ended up eating more real sweets than I would have in the first place. Between 2005-2006 I think my weight would have been even lower if I had not been drinking diet soda, especially since this concoction just made me crave more sweets than I would have if I had been drinking regular soda. Better yet, I should not have been drinking soda at all, but that is part of the daily battle. Life is not all about how much you weigh, but as someone who has struggled with keeping my weight in a healthy weight range due to my love of sweets, it is something to keep in mind.

Weight Gain And The All Out Battle With Soda

By 2007 I started drinking regular soda again, which resulted in an extreme weight gain for me. Drinking two sodas per day surely did not help, and the weekly Starbucks drinks and other sweets just made this situation worse. Around 2008 I finally decided drinking soda is a waste of money, resources, and my figure. This may sound dramatic, but honestly, I really do not want to spend the rest of my life drinking sugar, and it was time for a change. I walk many miles a week and I am pretty active on my feet at work, so drinking soda had slowed down my metabolism and caused weight gain I was not happy with. Finally, I have gone back to drinking water and iced tea, and I no longer crave the soda. I used to guzzle down sodas several times a day, but one day I drank part of a warm soda and started to rethink this practice. Although a cold soda truly hits the spot in my mind, a warm soda tastes very syrupy and sort of disgusting. So the next time I reached for a soda I tried to conjure the taste of a tepid and overly sweet soda that was making me throw up. This may sound gross, but creating this mental picture has helped me to stop grabbing sodas and making runs to the store for soft drinks. Not only has stopped drinking soda helped me to lose weight, but I am now saving quite a bit more money. The price of $1.59 for a 20 oz soda at the convenience store adds up here and there, and I can spend this money on better things. Now I am happy to report that I no longer crave soda.

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Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Good for you! These days there are plenty of other better-for-you, better-tasting choices. I lost my taste for soda in my late teens, I don't remember why. Now, whenever I have a glass (about once or twice a year - not exaggerating!) it tastes WAY too sweet and just makes me thirsty. I don't even finish it.

Eddie Perkins 8 years ago

Sweetie Pie,

“sweets always called my name!” Now I see why you are called Sweetie Pie.

My wife, Barbie had a booklet on “your coke is killing you” ( I think that was the title. She quit pop over night – amazing.  Of course she did the same thing with cigarettes and was sick in bed for two or three weeks. But she quit both. An amazing will power.

When I want to stop drinking coffee I cut down on one a day or one a week till I’m not drinking any, but she is altogether different.

Congratulations. Keep it up. A very good article. Thumbs up. ~ eddie

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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Constant Walker,

I know what you mean by soda tasting way too sweet because earlier in my life that was the case. Now I am trying to get back there, but it will take some effort. I am glad you have not drank soda, that is good. Thanks for encouraging me not to drink soda.

Eddie Perkins,

Yes my name is sweetiepie because I like sweets, I think that is why I made the screename. I am not sure, I have an email name that is sweetrose, so I may have just been creating names that day. I will go with trying not to drink soda, and thanks for inspiring me with your kind words :).

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Paraglider 8 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

Well done you! I should probably kick beer the same way, but I enjoy it too much!

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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for the support Paraglider :).

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starrkissed 8 years ago from Arizona

This is a great hub! I drink only diet soda, but honestly I should kick soda to the curb, too. I've heard that diet soda can make you crave sweets more. Honestly, my sweet addiction is over powering. I'm constantly grabbing candy [thanks to my in laws for buying it grrrr haha] and then i find myself feeling stupid afterwards... but I eat it anyway. o.o

Great story and good luck!!!! :)

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Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Any time, Sweetie.

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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

I guess at one time or the other we all go through this phase of our life's..I used to drink 2-3 even four cans of coke a day..and it was the taste along with the coolness and the bubbly I lked soo much....but like you one day I realized how bad it was for me and I too just quit...Now I never drink it at all fact my sweet tooth is not so great anymore...but dad gum it my bread intake is too high...I love breads of all kinds..even though I buy organic no flour breads I eat too much of it.  And I go back to a good french bread often too...yikes...with good cheese on it...yikes again...LOL

So my dear if it isn't one thing it will be another...'mind over matter' as they say...Good Luck YOU CAN DO IT...G-Ma "o) hugs

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Chef Jeff 8 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

It was hard for me to give up diet soda, but now I rarely, if ever, drink it.

I actually think it may have led to my osteoporosis.

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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia

Great Hub Sweetiepie I hope more people take notice. I used to be on the road working all day and could drink up to 12 Buddy cokes a day. Finished up with stomach ulcers! Stopped drinking Coke completely. Ulcers ok!

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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author


I think bread is not so bad compared to soda. At least with bread we can turn it into a meal, but with soda I was often using it to replace snacks. I just realized I am not happy with drinking soda, so this time I am making a concerted effort to stop. Thanks for the wonderful comments G-Ma.

Cheff Jeff,

That is good that you rarely drink soda now. I guess you could ask your doctor about the osteoporosis soda connection as I have never heard of that one before, but it could be a possibility. Soda makes me have panic attacks from the high sugar and caffeine content, and I am not missing these. Thanks for the inspirational comments.


Glad to hear you stopped drinking soda altogether. What are Buddy cokes? Just curious. Thanks for the wonderful comments.

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MaryCola 8 years ago from Georgia

Hi sweetiepie,

I have so much enjoyed your hub.

I have always liked (LOVE) sweets. I never been to much on cokes. When I get where I want sweets. After work I'll stop and buy 1 item and eat it on the way home. This way I cut back on my intake of sweets and satisfry my craving.

I know you can do what ever you set your mind to do. Go girl. You'll make it.

Many hugs.

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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author


Thanks for the inspiration to help me cute back on sweets. The idea of just buying one item sounds like a very good strategy. Thanks for stopping by my hub :).

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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia

Sweetiepie I thought they were Buddy cokes all over the world. They are the next size up from the smallest bottle of C/C.  I guess people call them Buddy because they are big enough to share with a Buddy.??

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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author


Perhaps they are called buddy cokes, I have just not heard of that term before, but I get what you mean. It is a cute name for it. Thanks for answering my question.

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compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

SweetiePie, your story will not be goog for the cola companies! lol

I used to be addicted to fizzy drinks too, just like needing 4 sugars in my tea! but i chose to quit for a "new day resolution" (i never wait until the new year) and it took me a good few weeks for me to be able to enjoy tea with no sugar and non soad and fresh juice drinks instead...

I don't know if its the same everywhere, but here in the UK, some colas per liter can be more expensive than car fuel! Im sure someone may clarify! My math or is it maths is not working today!:D

Good bye soda;)

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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Poor little soda companies that make a fortune off of us :(. No, just kidding, but I think one of the best things they did at schools here in California was to stop serving soda and other sugary treats at school. Surprisingly school lunch is actually getting healthier, which is a far cry from the days when I was in school. I think a little sugar is tea is less harmless than a big sugary soda. Soda is very expensive here also at $1.39 for a 20 oz drink (591ml) at the convenience store. Gas is about four dollars a gallon here, which is not too far off the mark of what you are describing there. Sodas in a carton are more affordable at the regular grocery store, but the last thing I would want to do right now is to keep this stuff in my house when I am trying to stop drinking it. I am feeling so much better without drinking soda the last few weeks.

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jonaitis 8 years ago from San Francisco

Stick with it! I haven't had a soda in years and now have zero desire for them--they taste sickly sweet and the carbonation hurts my mouth. This too can be yours with time away from the drinks! Good luck!

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desert blondie 8 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

For Chef Jeff....I have heard of this osteoporosis connection, especially with men who have little estrogen for 'young age' bone strength.

What a great hub.... VERY informative! Everthing from the GIGANTIC profit margin on colas -- after all, diet or regular -- the #1 ingredient is water! -- to your awareness of the addictive qualities of these drinks, this is just so interesting and empowering. Congrats to you and STICK WITH IT!

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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author


I plan to stick with it and now I am noticing I feel better not drinking it. Thanks for the support.

Desert Blondie,

I agree, there could be a connection between osteoporosis and soda drinking, but I just did not want to say for certain since I am not a medical practioner. What I do know is soda is a waste of money and not so healthy. Thanks for your wonderful comments.

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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia

Compu-smart is right on the money about c-c. The company that owns the c-c rights in Australia has bought one of the largest "bottled water" distributors.

Kinda getting it both ways?

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Aya Katz 8 years ago from The Ozarks

Sweetie Pie, great hub, good health choice. I used to be addicted to Coca-Cola, but I have since found healthier alternatives. I drink one cup of coffee in the morning -- black. I get most of my water from solid foods, like fruit and vegetables. I also supplement about three times a day with a tiny bit of fruit juice that is diluted to a half glass by seltzer water. I haven't given up fizz!

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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author


Yes Compusmart is correct about the comparison between fuel and soda, both are overpriced.  Here in the US the soda companies also own a large portion of the bottled water industry, but until recently many people were deceived by their false advertising.  Coca Cola and Pepsi lead many people to believe their bottled water came from natural springs, but the source was in actuality was municipal supplies that were treated with reverse osmosis and other purification techniques.  I myself still prefer the taste of bottle water over what came out of the tap, but we by it in the giant recyclable bottles that are highly affordable. However, I do not like the false advertising of the soda companies that try and deceive people into believing that their water sources are from natural springs, and it is ridiculous they control a large part of the soda and water market.  Very good insights!

Aya Katz,

I am glad to hear you have found some healthful alternatives to soda. I also have tried the seltzer water and juice combos and swear these are great. Thanks for the tips.

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commentonthis7 8 years ago

Good for you  i also quit a bad habit of smoking be a year in December

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Karen Ellis 8 years ago from Central Oregon

It gets easier. Try drinking water with a lemon wedge.

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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author


I am very glad that you stopped smoking. It is not good for the lungs, heart, teeth, and body. Same with soda, it is not good for our bones, body, or teeth. Thanks for commenting.

Karen Ellis,

I have been so much better this week, and ever week I feel better and better. I drink diluted ice tea with lemon, but sometimes I just drink water with lemon too. Thanks for the suggestion.

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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana


My friend drinks about a 12 pk. of Pepsi everyday. We keep telling her it is going to hurt her health and she knows but....she is addicted. It is a very expensive habit and the sugar content plus the caffeine....Myself, I am all about coffee. I use to drink a couple of pots per day but now I only have about three cups per day on and average. That is still too much.

I do not use suger or sweetener but the coffee creamer is not good for us either. Best of luck with avoiding the sodas.

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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I am trying to do the same, not use sweetner or sugar. I do not mind using milk in coffee though.

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MissJamieD 7 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

Thank you so much for this! I'm a Coca Cola fanatic and have a couple of cans (12 oz) a day. It may not be 20 oz like your bottles, but what's the difference, really? Thanks for pointing this out, even though I'm an intelligent person and knew it already, I like how you put it into YOUR story...great job and I'll let you know how much weight I lose after quitting soda. It'll probably take me a month to give it up totally but I'm tired of the extra love handles:)

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R. Blue 7 years ago from Right here

Imagine the addictive properties of soda as Coke's original recipe included the real "coke" in cocaine.

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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

Hope things are going well in kicking the can. It was a good descision. The evidence is growing that this is bad stuff in many different ways. Filtered water with a little squeeze of lemon is a good choice.

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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author


I am glad you are giving up soda for health reasons just like I did. Honestly I do not have a high metabolism, so losing lots of weight has never been something I could do without starving myself, but I just refuse to do that anymore. I have lost some weight, but I think life is too short go without enjoying food. I am happy you are losing weight though, good for you!

R Blue,

Today coca-cola no longer has those ingredients, so my concern is more about sugar overload than anything else.


I am happy not to drink soda anymore, and you are right about hte water with lemon.

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