Andy Capwell’s Struggle To Quit Diet Soda
It's been almost two weeks since I had my last drink of diet soda. Let me backtrack a little on why I am trying to stop drinking diet soda, actually soda all together. About a year ago, my weight loss had got to its low point. I had dropped over 70 pounds and was feeling good. I was walking and running for 2.5 miles in 30 minutes on the treadmill, lifting weights and I had energy. Over the past few months or so, I really noticed a drop in my energy, a gain in my weight and an overall just not feeling like I had a year ago.
The million dollar question is why was this happening? Most people would have gone to a doctor. I am stubborn, poor and have no insurance, so I have not gone to a doctor. I am trying to work though this.
Friends of mine have advised me to buckle down on the diet and to give up soda. I have drank diet soda since I was in high school, I figured it had zero calories, caffeine and I just didn't want to believe it was something I should cut back on or quit.
The past month or so, I have really watched the diet and the weight was still slowly going up or at best staying the same. I have had a few good days at the gym, but for the most part, I was still struggling at the gym. So, I decided that I was going to give up diet soda. I researched effects of drinking diet soda. Here's what I found.
The diet sweeteners, in university studies, show that it may cause kidney problems.
Studies show that drinking diet soda may cause obesity.
Diet soda is very acidic, it has a ph of 3.2 and it will dissolve the enamel of teeth.
So, it's been about two weeks without diet soda. I am still drinking iced coffee and diet green iced tea. I still really haven't felt a difference with my energy and performance at the gym. However, my work schedule the past two weeks has been very busy.
I can tell you, that I still crave that iced cold bottle of diet soda after a meal. Have you quit drinking soda? Do you have any advice for me? I could use the encouragement and advice!