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(Chicago Trib)   Yea um... I'll have the number 1.... Yea super size it.... And a, ummm, Diet Coke   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 91
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2014-01-16 08:35:33 PM  
Well I've just saved all those calories I would have been drinking. Duh.
 
2014-01-16 08:35:48 PM  
STOP DRINKING SODA FATTY
 
2014-01-16 08:38:31 PM  
No sense in drinking extra calories when Diet Coke tastes just as good as regular Coke but without the calories.
 
2014-01-16 08:38:34 PM  
But I was told fast food is healthy and Super Size Me was a hack job

/DNRTFA
//it's all portion control
 
2014-01-16 08:38:55 PM  
Does this mean I'm supposed to drink real Coke. And what about beer? Do I drink a 12-pack of the light stuff or the real stuff? I'm soooo confused.
 
2014-01-16 08:41:22 PM  
This just in: the average American has no idea what they're putting into their bodies, and frankly, doesn't care. More at 11.
 
2014-01-16 08:44:44 PM  
It's been known that diet soda serves as an appetite stimulant for a long time. Or at least, I've known it for a long time.
 
2014-01-16 08:44:48 PM  
Just to throw this in there: I drink diet soda (on the rare occasions that I do drink soda) because I don't like how sugary drinks leave my mouth feeling all sticky and slimy.
 
2014-01-16 08:44:49 PM  
I don't order diet so I can eat more food.  I order diet because regular soda tastes too syrupy.  Also, if I drank regular soda, I'd be even fatter because I'd be eating just as much food  and all those HFCS calories.
 
2014-01-16 08:44:49 PM  
Meh, I'm fat, but it ain't from drinking diet coke. It's from overeating and not exercising enough (plus really crappy genes, but I lay primary responsibility on my own bad habits). I just prefer Diet Coke. Regular is too sweet.
 
2014-01-16 08:46:03 PM  
You know what's actually a really good soft drink? Diet Sprite.
 
2014-01-16 08:46:33 PM  

WordyGrrl: Just to throw this in there: I drink diet soda (on the rare occasions that I do drink soda) because I don't like how sugary drinks leave my mouth feeling all sticky and slimy.


jtown: I don't order diet so I can eat more food.  I order diet because regular soda tastes too syrupy.  Also, if I drank regular soda, I'd be even fatter because I'd be eating just as much food  and all those HFCS calories.


Glad to see there are others who feel the same way. Every time I drink regular soda, I feel like I need to brush my teeth to get the sticky feeling out.

/That's what she said?
 
2014-01-16 08:46:38 PM  
FTA: Heavy Americans who drink diet beverages rather than those sweetened with sugar appear to eat more

Well, no Sherlock. To be as heavy and cut out the soft drink calories requires eating more food.
 
2014-01-16 08:46:47 PM  

WordyGrrl: Just to throw this in there: I drink diet soda (on the rare occasions that I do drink soda) because I don't like how sugary drinks leave my mouth feeling all sticky and slimy.


That's the HFCS.  Drink sodas made from real sugar and you won't get that mouth feel.
 
2014-01-16 08:48:24 PM  

Summoner101: But I was told fast food is healthy and Super Size Me was a hack job


Not mutually exclusive.  Super size me was stupid and its conclusions were incorrect, but fast food typically isn't particularly healthy, beyond providing calories.

Generally filling your daily calorie requirement using mostly fast food and soda is going to mean that you're short on some vitamins and have more calories from sugar and fat and fewer from complex carbohydrates than most dieticians would recommend (in fairness, so would living on nothing but grilled steak and fruit).  But it won't necessarily make you  fat.  Fat isn't really about what you eat, it's about how much you eat.

// Not going to add an "and exercise" on there, even, because exercise doesn't really shift your weight much unless you put like half your life into it, and doesn't really do anything to your cholesterol at all.  I'd still recommend exercise because heart disease, but it won't do much about you bein' a fattie.
 
2014-01-16 08:48:37 PM  
Calories from the meal PLUS calories from the drink, or calories from the meal and no extra calories from the drink.

This isn't that tough, I really don't understand why it's such a persistent thing.
 
2014-01-16 08:49:32 PM  
FTA: "An overweight woman sits in a chair in Times Square in New York."  Huh?  You mean an obese woman sits in a chair?  Technically an obese person is overweight...
 
2014-01-16 08:49:50 PM  

YodaBlues: WordyGrrl: Just to throw this in there: I drink diet soda (on the rare occasions that I do drink soda) because I don't like how sugary drinks leave my mouth feeling all sticky and slimy.

jtown: I don't order diet so I can eat more food.  I order diet because regular soda tastes too syrupy.  Also, if I drank regular soda, I'd be even fatter because I'd be eating just as much food  and all those HFCS calories.

Glad to see there are others who feel the same way. Every time I drink regular soda, I feel like I need to brush my teeth to get the sticky feeling out.

/That's what she said?


And, unless it's for a mixed drink, regular Coke makes me sleepy...I wish I could explain it, but if I have trouble sleeping, a good 8 oz of the stuff will knock me out...
 
2014-01-16 08:50:02 PM  

Voiceofreason01: STOP DRINKING SODA FATTY


I used to try and reason with people that patted themselves on the back for drinking a diet drink.  I don't know what I was thinking.
 
2014-01-16 08:50:03 PM  
If diet sodas didn't taste nearly as good as real ones (and sometimes better, Mtn Dew!), overweight people would probably drink regular ones and get 300 extra calories. So the product does its job well and people drink them - let's try to stop that from happening by any means necessary.

Let's also try to ridicule the hell out of fat people for trying to not be fat. Let's take away any possibility of a consumer product that might help. Because we wouldn't want fat people to be skinny - they might think themselves to be our equals.

I get very tired of correlation = causation idiocy from the newspapers.
 
2014-01-16 08:50:48 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: No sense in drinking extra calories when Diet Coke tastes just as good as regular Coke but without the calories.


You shut your whore mouth, blasphemer
 
2014-01-16 08:52:23 PM  
I remember this phenomenon  from my days in the pizza biz.  People would order multiple large pizza with sausage, bacon, and extra cheese with diet soda.  Weird.
 
2014-01-16 08:53:53 PM  

Jim_Callahan: Summoner101: But I was told fast food is healthy and Super Size Me was a hack job

Not mutually exclusive.  Super size me was stupid and its conclusions were incorrect, but fast food typically isn't particularly healthy, beyond providing calories.

Generally filling your daily calorie requirement using mostly fast food and soda is going to mean that you're short on some vitamins and have more calories from sugar and fat and fewer from complex carbohydrates than most dieticians would recommend (in fairness, so would living on nothing but grilled steak and fruit).  But it won't necessarily make you  fat.  Fat isn't really about what you eat, it's about how much you eat.

// Not going to add an "and exercise" on there, even, because exercise doesn't really shift your weight much unless you put like half your life into it, and doesn't really do anything to your cholesterol at all.  I'd still recommend exercise because heart disease, but it won't do much about you bein' a fattie.


Your weight is a function of calories in versus calories expended.

Exercising burns more calories than not exercising. It has to be done regularly of course, but exercise or the lack thereof has a great deal to do with your weight.

A combination of diet and exercise will yield results. Diet without exercise must be drastically more restrictive than diet plus exercise, to achieve similar weight loss.
 
2014-01-16 08:55:47 PM  

pedobearapproved: Well I've just saved all those calories I would have been drinking. Duh.


This. One large Coke is 280 calories, according to McD's nutrition info. That means that if, as it says in TFA, the diet drinkers "ate 1,965 in food calories a day compared to 1,874 calories among heavy people", they still had 119 less calories after you add in the drinks.

WordyGrrl: Just to throw this in there: I drink diet soda (on the rare occasions that I do drink soda) because I don't like how sugary drinks leave my mouth feeling all sticky and slimy.


Also this.I drink diet because I cannot stand how my mouth feels after a sugary soda. I literally have to brush my teeth immediately afterwards to get rid of the sticky scum it leaves behind.
 
2014-01-16 08:56:27 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: No sense in drinking extra calories when Diet Coke tastes just as good as regular Coke but without the calories.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n5E7feJHw0
 
2014-01-16 08:56:32 PM  

neofonz: WordyGrrl: Just to throw this in there: I drink diet soda (on the rare occasions that I do drink soda) because I don't like how sugary drinks leave my mouth feeling all sticky and slimy.

That's the HFCS.  Drink sodas made from real sugar and you won't get that mouth feel.


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2014-01-16 08:56:46 PM  
Interesting that there was no mention of total calories, just "food" calories.
 
2014-01-16 08:58:02 PM  
DNRTFA but the headline sounded like subby was ordering a fat hooker.
 
2014-01-16 09:00:14 PM  

neofonz: That's the HFCS.  Drink sodas made from real sugar and you won't get that mouth feel.


Actually, no. HFCS makes it worse, I will grant you, but I have lived for decades in countries with no HFCS and I still have the same problem.
 
2014-01-16 09:00:55 PM  
You wanna know that one insane trick to help you lose weight?

Do not drink while you eat.
 
2014-01-16 09:02:00 PM  
I usually get Iced Tea instead....

/Sweetened
//Lots of ice
 
2014-01-16 09:02:14 PM  

gweilo8888: neofonz: That's the HFCS.  Drink sodas made from real sugar and you won't get that mouth feel.

Actually, no. HFCS makes it worse, I will grant you, but I have lived for decades in countries with no HFCS and I still have the same problem.


Try glass bottles. The coatings they put on cans and plastic bottles also negatively affect the taste and mouthfeel.
 
2014-01-16 09:02:31 PM  
I grew up with my mom drinking diet soda, so that's what I got used to drinking. Now, regular coke or pepsi is just too harsh.
 
2014-01-16 09:03:06 PM  

WordyGrrl: Just to throw this in there: I drink diet soda (on the rare occasions that I do drink soda) because I don't like how sugary drinks leave my mouth feeling all sticky and slimy.


img.fark.net
 
2014-01-16 09:03:36 PM  

Sunidesus: Interesting that there was no mention of total calories, just "food" calories.


Because if they'd mentioned total calories, they wouldn't have had an article.

"This just in -- people who drink diet drinks have slightly lower total caloric intake than those who drink sugary drinks!! News at 11!"

/would you click it?
 
2014-01-16 09:04:17 PM  

neofonz: Try glass bottles. The coatings they put on cans and plastic bottles also negatively affect the taste and mouthfeel.


That's not it either, keep trying.

/grew up with my soda being non-HFCS and served in glass bottles
 
2014-01-16 09:04:41 PM  

gweilo8888: neofonz: Try glass bottles. The coatings they put on cans and plastic bottles also negatively affect the taste and mouthfeel.

That's not it either, keep trying.

/grew up with my soda being non-HFCS and served in glass bottles


You're just weird then.  :)
 
2014-01-16 09:05:04 PM  

Draq: It's been known that diet soda serves as an appetite stimulant for a long time. Or at least, I've known it for a long time.


Really?

Study Results and Conclusions
        Most studies conclude that consuming aspartame does not increase a person's appetite,

http://healthpsych.psy.vanderbilt.edu/2009/AspartameAppetite.htm


Oh, not really.
 
2014-01-16 09:07:18 PM  

neofonz: gweilo8888: neofonz: Try glass bottles. The coatings they put on cans and plastic bottles also negatively affect the taste and mouthfeel.

That's not it either, keep trying.

/grew up with my soda being non-HFCS and served in glass bottles

You're just weird then.  :)


Nope, not weird at all. Sugar syrup is sticky, so are drinks loaded down with sugar syrup. News at 11!

/as I said, HFCS is *worse*. But that doesn't mean the problem is non-existent with cane or other sugars.
 
2014-01-16 09:09:51 PM  
Outside experts were quick to caution that it is not clear what role, if any, diet drinks such as low- or no-calorie versions of sodas, sports drinks and teas played for people who ate more.Yeah, well, they're fat and they know it so the most convenient thing to do to keep from being fat is to drink diet drinks... this despite eating a shiat-ton of calories. But hey, they're drinking diet so saving that amount of weight gain.
 
2014-01-16 09:14:49 PM  
I thought it was because of the diabetus
 
2014-01-16 09:25:23 PM  
Diet Coke tastes better!
 
2014-01-16 09:28:41 PM  
Nothing quite like being surrounded by chronic alcoholics, heavy chain smokers, binge eaters, gamblers, potheads, and prescription drug addicts, all looking at me with my bottle of diet pepsi with murder in their eyes as if I just ate a baby.

/From my cold, dead hands.
//I switched to preserve what's left of my teeth.
 
2014-01-16 09:32:21 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: Diet Coke tastes better!


I've called a doctor for you. The men in the white coats should be around soon to collect you.

Help is on its way.
 
2014-01-16 09:34:58 PM  
I'm 36, 6'1" and 150lb. I eat whatever the hell I want. So, I actually do have sympathy for those who say their fatness might be a genetic thing... For years I got shiat for being too skinny, but none of my friends bring it up anymore. Fatties.
 
2014-01-16 09:41:35 PM  
First thing I thought of:

NSFW (language)
 
2014-01-16 09:46:53 PM  
I don't get how anybody could *like* Diet Coke. That stuff smells and tastes nasty.

Coincidentally, I worked at a McDonald's for two years in high school. Hardly a day went by that somebody didn't order a super sized double quarter pounder meal with a Diet Coke. Every single time I thought to myself "Just who do you think you're kidding?". People seem to intellectually know about calories but have a complete disconnect with their brain when confronted with the food. I had to admire the devils who worked in McDonald's' marketing, those bastards could sell whiskey to a pastor on Sunday morning.
 
2014-01-16 09:47:00 PM  
I hate what big business and greed is doing to my fellow humanity. Just for extra pennies times millions. HFCS, GMO, chemtrails, junkfood, all of it. But I've fought off the evil, at least for me. Walked 345 miles in December for exercise, got it all documented on Runkeeper by GPS. Supposedly that alone would equal enough calories to subtract nine pounds and actually I ate less when doing 20+ mile days. Only lost 2 pounds. But apparently belly fat got burnt off instead of pounds per se. Somewhat of a delayed reaction for the feelgood sleepwell concentratebetter which I've been harvesting this January.

More later my group meditation starting soon.
 
2014-01-16 09:52:31 PM  

zulius: YodaBlues: WordyGrrl: Just to throw this in there: I drink diet soda (on the rare occasions that I do drink soda) because I don't like how sugary drinks leave my mouth feeling all sticky and slimy.

jtown: I don't order diet so I can eat more food.  I order diet because regular soda tastes too syrupy.  Also, if I drank regular soda, I'd be even fatter because I'd be eating just as much food  and all those HFCS calories.

Glad to see there are others who feel the same way. Every time I drink regular soda, I feel like I need to brush my teeth to get the sticky feeling out.

/That's what she said?

And, unless it's for a mixed drink, regular Coke makes me sleepy...I wish I could explain it, but if I have trouble sleeping, a good 8 oz of the stuff will knock me out...

 
2014-01-16 09:54:34 PM  

TheXerox: Coincidentally, I worked at a McDonald's for two years in high school. Hardly a day went by that somebody didn't order a super sized double quarter pounder meal with a Diet Coke. Every single time I thought to myself "Just who do you think you're kidding?".


I don't think they are "kidding" anyone. Supersize coke had.. what 400+ calories? They are taking in 400 fewer calories by having a diet coke rather than a super size coke regardless of what else they order.
 
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