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I do not drink sodas and am not overweight (or less than 5 pounds over) 13 21.31%
I do not drink sodas and am between 5-20 pounds overweight. 10 16.39%
I do not drink sodas and am over 20 pounds overweight. 2 3.28%
I drink 1 or more cans daily and am not overweight (or less than 5 pounds over) 10 16.39%
I drink 1 or more cans daily and am between 5-20 pounds overweight. 3 4.92%
I drink 1 or more cans daily and am over 20 pounds overweight. 10 16.39%
I drink 1 or fewer cans each week and am not overweight (or less than 5 pounds over) 7 11.48%
I drink 1 or fewer cans each week and am 5-20 pounds overweight. 3 4.92%
I drink 1 or fewer cans each week and am over 20 pounds overweight. 3 4.92%
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Old 03-11-2006, 12:28 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by Robo410
i save my calories for wine with the meal and an occasional micro brew out or a fine single malt.
Robo, i'm *definately* with you on that one.

the only time i ever drink soda is when i'm at a diner, being as how cherry coke goes soooo well with a diner burger. diet soda is disgusting, all chemical-flavored. but seriously, nobody at work wants to see me hopped up on the truckloads of caffeine and/or sugar in sodas, it's really not pretty. every morning, i brew up a big ol thermos (i think this ginormous vat is about a half-gallon) of tea...some days it's green, some days herbal, some days black...no steady caffeine dependence issues. the vat o'tea works great for me for all day. loads cheaper than sodas to boot.

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Old 03-18-2006, 06:30 PM   #22
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I didn't know how to answer your poll. I was a huge coca cola drinker (regular...I hate the diet stuff) and I am overweight. But I am doing weight watchers now and I only allow 1 soda a day and I try not to have any. But you know the thing about the forbidden! So I allow for only 1. I was drinking 3 or 4 and sometimes more a day and I know it contributed to being overweight.

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Old 03-18-2006, 06:55 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by Poppinfresh
Well, as somebody who drank at least 6 LITERS a day (it's a techie thing; and screw cans, the deposits add up too fast when you drink that much :P) for the better part of the last 10 years, I'm a pretty firm believer that there's a big correlation between soda and weight gain (I for one would never touch a diet soda, so the calories racked up).

I gave up soda on cold turkey on the first of the year after getting a rude scale awakening at a physical in December, and replaced it with cranberry juices, limeade, OJ and the like. I have not altered my eating habits in a dietary meaning one iota--if anything, I think I'm eating a little more calorically, as this winter I've eaten a lot more pasta than usual as I try to master the intricacies of Italian cooking, and as such have eaten less of my usual types of food...and I've still dropped over 30 pounds since the 1st of the year. I've still got another 30 or so to go before I get where I want/should be, but yeah...the soda has definitely proven to be a primary culprit to how I had gotten over the last couple years as my metabolism started to slow (aging) and my activity levels dropped.
There is roughly 2500 calories in 6 litres of regular soda, which is the equivalent of about a days worth of calories for your average person! And that was just calories you were consuming in soda... so you were having that in addition to your regular food for the day - so by cutting that out of your diet no wonder you lost weight! (even if you were eating a bit more, chances are you werent consuming 2500 calories worth of food... that's like a whole days allotment!)

It takes 3500 calories to gain or lose 1 pound. To gain, you need to consume 3500 calories over what your body requires for the day. So if your body needs about 2500 calories/day but you eat 3000 calories/day, that is an excess of 500 calories/day. 500 calories/day times 7 days = 3500 calories (or a 1 lb gain) per week. (reverse this math equation to LOSE 1 lb a week... eg: eat 500 calories/day LESS then what your body needs)

Anyway, good job on losing 30 lbs! I lost a little over 100lbs about 5 yrs ago and have kept it off. Regular soda was a big part of my diet back in my chubby days too! I now only drink diet soda if I want one. I've gotten used to the taste and now cant drink the regular stuff any more - too sweet!
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Old 03-19-2006, 12:50 PM   #24
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Some type of diet Coca-Cola product, preferably Coke Zero, and no more than one a day, usually less.
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Old 03-19-2006, 02:07 PM   #25
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I don't drink soda.
Or sugar-loaded drinks in general.
Just water, milk, and every Saturday a strong hot chocolate at a local coffee shop.
I'm not overweight, but I'm also really young.
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Old 03-22-2006, 04:31 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by marmar
I don't drink soda.
Or sugar-loaded drinks in general.
Just water, milk, and every Saturday a strong hot chocolate at a local coffee shop.
I'm not overweight, but I'm also really young.
Good job. I never did drink a lot of soda, but when I did, it wasn't diet. Then, I was diagnosed with diabetes. The sugar loaded drinks stopped immediately.

I have a best freind who used to brag that he was a certified pop-a-holic, especially Dr. Pepper. I have a Brother-In-Law that was a coke-a-holic. Both developed diabetes from consuming far too many carbs. sugar and starch stress the pancreas and you end up with either poor quality insulin, too little insulin, or insulin resistance, or a combination of all three. And then there is the fact that your body gets used to so much sugar in the blood, and when there isn't what your system feels is the proper amount, it secretes glucogon, anoth hormone from the pancreas, but one which causes the liver to pump sugar into the bloodstream. Both my freind and my B.O.T. have experienced severe, life threatening complications from diabetes, and not controlling their carb intake.

Truly, you need carbs, but not too many. The human body is designed to operate very efficiently, and to store excess calories for time of famine. You need a wide variety of foods, each in small amount, to satisfy the body's requirements for vitamins, minerals, phyto-chemicals, etc. And that same varied diet adds variety, and unique and wonderful flavors to your meals.

Remember, sugar negatively affects much more than just your teeth.

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Old 03-22-2006, 09:08 PM   #27
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I drink a soda maybe 6-8 times a year, and then it's usually a Sprite. I did have, probably, 2 cokes last year, when we were on the road and stopped at fast food restaurants. You need the acid to cut the grease. BURP!

I'm an iced tea drinker, and I have it without sugar. A little squeeze of lemon iss nice, but I can live without it.
I am 20 lbs. overweight, but no more than that, and since I am also disabled and 59 years old, I don't feel too bad about my weight. I see a lot of women, younger than I, who look a lot worse.

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Old 03-23-2006, 04:52 AM   #28
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I Love Soda

I drink maybe 6 or more cans a day and I am in good shape. I don't eat really healthy but I try to balance out my diet a little. I try to eat a little bit from every catagory. I don't exercise that much, so I am guessing as long as you eat somewhat healthy and don't just sit around all day. Drinking a couple cans of soda isn't that bad for you. But the soda isn't all I drink, I will also drink other fluids through out the day. Such as milk, juices, coffee and plenty of water. Maybe it is because of the variety of my food choices that I am not overweight. Who knows.
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Old 03-24-2006, 10:15 AM   #29
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It really varies for me but in a weeks time if I had to average it out I'd say 1 can a day of perferable COKE. Sometimes its PEPSI but I prefer the zing in the COKE. I'm within my weight limit. I cannot bear the taste of the diet drinks.....guess I'm a sugar junky when it comes to my pop.
I know that mom was always a big pepsi addict. Heck, I can remember her getting up in the middle of the night and opening the fridge for a drink.....she was over her ideal weight. But later in life she did change that drinking habit and switched to Diet Rite and its amazing how much the pounds started sliding off.
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Old 03-24-2006, 05:14 PM   #30
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I'm a little underweight and I drink at least two cans of soda every day. Not the diet, I dislike the taste.

If I got to a restaraunt, soda will be my non-alcoholic drink of choice. I like the carbonation.

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