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Coke Zero as a diet plan

Updated on April 6, 2012

Simple Question; Is Coke Zero or Coke Classic or Other your favorite softdrink?

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Can it be true?

Yes, strangely enough it can be done. I did it. I have a diabetic friend who did it but it may not be a solid course of action for everyone. While almost completely without calories Coke Zero does have some sodium and plenty of caffeine. What's that you say? You love caffeine? Well, not everyone does, myself included. It makes me urinate too often and when I was driving for a living that was a real hassle. The truth is though that the driving job began my journey toward being overweight in the first place.

For years I took great care of myself and practiced a good diet and exercised regularly. I was in incredible shape at the age of 21 but hard labor often puts you in a bad spot and after injuring my back much of my hard earned muscle began to settle around my waist and thighs. I went from 175lbs to 245lbs in the space of four years. All the while I intermittently exercised and tried to watch my diet but I got lazy and eventually I reached what I thought was the point of no return. Why did I think that? Because no matter what diet I tried, no matter what exercise style I tried, I couldn't lose all that weight. My fears were becoming reality.

I had told myself I didn't want to end up like my mother or father, both of whom were very overweight. My father, for instance, before he passed away at the young age of forty, was approximately Five foot ten inches tall and 285lbs. In my late twenties and most of my thirties I was Five foot eleven 245lbs. I was becoming my dad. He was built like a bull, my dad, he fought as a junior boxer as a kid and worked hard every single day of his short life, but his gut gave him away. There was no disguising the fact he had let himself go.

I avoided soda for the most part while I was in my twenties but in my thirties laziness and a self destructive mindset led me to a Coca-Cola addiction. More weight began to gather and my odds of ever losing all that extra weight were shrinking ever further. Add to that a very bad car accident that ended my days as a weightlifter, not to mention the Stenosis of the spine prognosis, and I was feeling terribly depressed. I felt like I might as well forget it and stop trying, stop stressing over it and give up.

Then I tasted the new Coke Zero. It was, to my taste, a less syrupy version of Coke and I instantly decided it was at least a healthier version of the cola I had become addicted to. Is any soda really healthy? Of course not, but this was at least a less destructive option. I knew I needed to change my diet as well so I swore off white breads, white rice, and that extra plate of pasta I usually inhaled over dinner and here is the most important part. Are you ready?

Whenever I had a craving for a sweet or salty snack I instead poured myself a tall glass of Coke Zero. I essentially replaced the usual fatty snack with one that was calorie free. Is it good for my teeth? No. Is the caramel artificial coloring good for my kidneys or liver? Not at all. Do I feel much better physically and mentally after losing 45lbs? Hell yes! Hey, I didn't even have to work out. I didn't even take a walk around the block people! The weight just slowly but quite notably disappeared. Other people noticed long before I did. They saw the weight falling away from my face first and then i realized I wasn't squeezing into my old jeans any longer. I went from a 42 inch waist to a 38 and I can't wear 38 without a belt.

So, can Coke Zero help you lose weight? Hell yes! Listen, if your going to fill your body up with bad stuff anyway, try it. Even as a replacement to sugar filled soda it is a good idea. For diabetics who are tired of watching everyone else enjoy themselves Coke Zero is also a viable alternative for you as an occasional treat. As a regular treat I cannot in good conscience recommend anyone partake in any soda at all. The stuff is bad for you for several reasons, but as a short term aid in your weight loss journey I can attest to its effectiveness.

So, now that I've lost all that weight, anyone know how I might kick a soda addiction?


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    • Barnsey profile imageAUTHOR

      Barnsey 

      6 years ago from Happy Hunting Grounds

      The thing I dislike about diet coke or pepsi is that nasty aftertaste. Coke Zero really does taste just like the original. I do believe Pepsi has a version of this now also.

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      Kelley Marks 

      6 years ago from California

      Anybody interested in losing weight should avoid soft drinks with sugar. Duh! Personally I prefer Diet Pepsi. The problem with diet drinks is they often contain aspartame, which is supposed to have side effects, but I haven't noticed any. Anyway, tea may be the best way to go. Later!

    • cathylynn99 profile image

      cathylynn99 

      6 years ago from northeastern US

      any website ending in .com is commercial and suspect. if you want to convince me, you'll have to link a .edu, .gov, or even a .org.

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      cathylynn99 

      6 years ago from northeastern US

      the medical letter, a respected and relied-on-by-doctors publication dedicated one issue to each sweetner. myths and rumors about aspartame side effects were debunked. splenda causes nerve and immune damage. truvia is untested. it may be safe or it may be the worst of them all. truvia has a good reputation because it is "natural". so is arsenic. so are crab apples. we don't eat them. wise up.

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      goslimgym 

      6 years ago from Knoxville, TN

      Sorry to disagree cathlynn99, but aspartame is probably the worst of all sweeteners. While it can be debated which are actually without side effects (or have very little), try either Splenda or Truvia. While Splenda claimed that it is "like sugar", it mimics in structure but still falls short. The sugar corporation is actually suing Splenda for their flase comparison. However, Splenda has yet to be shown to boast many side effects. Truvia might even be a better choice. There have been (last I checked) no known side effects shown. When I checked for aspartame side effects the list of pages was long. Here is one: http://www.sweetpoison.com/aspartame-side-effects....

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      cathylynn99 

      6 years ago from northeastern US

      try iced tea as a soda alternative.trade the artificial colors for healthy antioxidants.i sweeten mine with aspartame, the most studied and safest low-cal sweetener on the US market. sounds like you're a sucralose fan. that's not too bad, but may cause immune and nerve problems.

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      Paradise7 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      At least you aren't drinking a bunch of no-nutrition calories anymore. Glad for you to have lost that much weight. Your heart thanks you, too!

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