i usually drink water, and maybe a gatorade, but i do love mountain dew and coke
I drink about a pop a day. If I drink hard liquor I almost always mix it with a coke or 7-up, so I might drink more on those occasions. I've been trying (semi-hard) to drink less pop. I feel like I've been improving, but I haven't been able to completely cut it out.
Mountain Dew has been a good laxative for me, however. Especially if I ever drink one in the morning...
I stopped cold-turkey and it really is not that hard if you put your mind to it. At home I would just keep a lot of gatorade in the fridge and when I eat at nicer places they normally have flavored lemonades which are delicious (blackberry or raspberry especially). Sometimes they also don't offer free refills with the flavored lemonades which was good for me because then I just get water with it and drink it slowly. It was probably the major contributing factor to my getting back in good health. That was a couple years ago. Now I can barely drink a can of soda without feeling sick to my stomach - I don't know how I used to drink so much.
And I don't know if anyone got to this point later in the thread, I only made it through the bottom of page 2 . . . but, Coke Zero is called Coke Zero because it has ZERO calories. It cannot make you fat. Some people think that drinking too many fluids with artificial sweeteners can give you cancer, but I drink 1.5 20oz Coke Zero's per day, so I haven't bought into that. I do think it is a poor substitute for water, so make sure you drink some water each day as well.
Like some others have stated drinking diet pop itself isn't going to make you fat no calories. The whole aspartame debate is still going on what the actual effects are. One of the major arguments against drinking diet pop is that people figure they are drinking healthy so thye can eat more calories. The same thing happens when people eat at Subway, they rationalize bad eating later in the day because they had a somewhat healthy lunch. I agree pop isn't good for you, I wish I didn't drink so much, but drinks like gatorade aren't really a good substitute they have quite a few calories and in my opinion are easier to drink thus you end up taking in more calories. Those drinks were created to help people either while they are exercising or after they are done exercsing. Actually if you want to get down to it sport drinks should never be drank before a competition because it can actually hurt you performance.
I usually drink about 20oz of soda a day, but not having it in my room or getting it at the store really helps. I find then I just have it when I go out for food or if I need a caffeine boost. But usually I just down an energy drink for that, which is a whole other discussion. I will warn you right now, Rockstar Punch taste just like fruit punch, not an energy drink at all. It's deadly.
I think Yahoo must have read this thread.
4 Ways to Ditch Your Diet-Soda Dependency - Hungry Girl on Yahoo! Food
Just a short-term update...
Yesterday I had just 1 20oz Cherry Coke Zero at work where I usually have 3 or 4. I had a 1 liter bottle of water, an Orange VitaminWater and an Orange Gatorade G2 to make up for it. I hope to continue to trend more towards just water and Crystal Light but I just can't kick it cold turkey or I'd be in withdrawals for quite some time. I've got a cold right now so I'm trying to drink plenty of fluids otherwise I probably would have cut out one of the two orange flavored drinks.
2 words. Diet soda. I switched a few years ago and wouldn't go back now.
Pop was probably the only fluid I would get in a given day in high school. My parents always kept the pop/beer fridge stocked. So, I probably had 4-6 pops a day and even more on the weekend. I can remember making a dent in a cube of mountain dew on Saturdays.
This is probably the reason I have not been able to rid myself of fat in my middle section, ever. I was a 3-sport athlete in high school, but I think I filled in all the calories I burned on the field with pop.
I finally started to kick my pop habits in college. I just went about 6 weeks without having any pop at all. Now, I'll have an occasional one if I crave it or if I'm up really early (I don't like coffee). It's interesting after drinking so much pop in high school, now if I have more than one in a day I'll start to get canquer sores in my mouth.
In my mind gatorade, all sport, fake lemonade and those type of drinks are just as bad as pop. They don't have the caffeine, but they are just as, if not more, full of sugar. If I'm going to get something healthy instead of pop I just go with water because anything else is really full of sugar.