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The Truth About Diet Soda - How to Eat More and Still Lose Weight

Updated on July 6, 2012

The formula for losing weight is simple: burn more calories than you consume; however, this is sometimes easier said than done. One of the easiest ways to make true this dictum is to cut unnecessary calories from your diet. Enter diet soda.

Make sure you get a zero calorie soda, and not just a diet soda.
Make sure you get a zero calorie soda, and not just a diet soda.

How Big of an Impact Can Soda Make

Simply put, it can make a huge impact. Next time you enjoy a can of soda, take a minute to read the number of calories it contains. Typically, it is somewhere between 140 and 200 per can. That’s huge, considering the general rule of thumb is that you should take in 10 times the number of calories of your desired weight (so if you want to weigh 180 lbs., you would try to consume only 1800 calories per day). For the purposes of this article, let’s use the average daily caloric intake of 2,000. That means one can of soda could potentially be 10% of your daily caloric intake. Most of us typically drink 2-3 cans of soda a day or more, which means half of your daily allotted calories are going to sugary liquid, not food.

What to Do?

The best thing to do is eliminate liquid calories for your diet. Yes, that means you can actually eat more and maintain your weight! Luckily for you, diet soda has come a long way. Most major brands like Coke and Pepsi have zero calorie options that taste pretty close to the original. If you really want to do something different you can eliminate soda from your diet completely and drink zero calorie, flavor-enhanced water like Mio, Crystal Light, or unsweetened tea.

A Final Thought

Whatever you choose, the key is to substitute unnecessary liquid calories with useful food calories so that you are maximizing the nutrients that you put into your body. Remember to always eat healthy and maintain reasonable portions.

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      sethpowers 5 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks for the comments Minnetonka Twin and eHealer, you definitely have to read those labels!

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      I'm shocked, I always thought Diet Soda was a freebie when it comes to calories. Thanks for the Great Hub.

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      I thought my diet Pepsi was 0 calories. OOPS! I really appreciate the information as I think most people don't think there are calories in diet pop. I know the sugar free component isn't good for you but I thought I wasn't taking in calories. Great hub.

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      sethpowers 5 years ago from Virginia

      samfox1212, regular soda will kill you. Lots of other things will kill you too if you are reckless. As for artificial sweeteners, you might find this interesting: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/...

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      samfox1212 5 years ago

      Diet sodas will kill you. Have you done any research on artificial sweetener and, how it causes cancer??