Originally Posted by Full Canvas
If you "insist" on drinking two or three cans of diet soda, why not just drink the regular (non-diet) sodas instead? There are fewer toxins in the regular soda and certainly, the caloric differential in two or three cans is not worth the probable health risk in my opinion.
The reason that I drink diet soda instead of regular soda isn't because I'm concerned about the calories. What I'm more concerned about is that the sugar in that soda raises insulin levels and I would rather keep my insulin levels low (I'm not diabetic or anything, but there are other reasons to keep insulin levels low). The other problem with regular soda is that the sweetener used in that stuff is High Fructose Corn Syrup, which in my opinion and based on my research, is a lot worse than aspartame.
By the way, I try to avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup as much as possible, but the stuff is almost impossible to avoid entirely because it's in just about everything.
When I was on my diet that I lost 30 lbs on, I did it by keeping my insulin level very very low and by eating a balanced diet with calories broken down as 40% from protein, 40% from carbs and 20% from fats. I then counted all of my calories and made sure that I was eating calories based on this formula: (bodyweight x 15) - 500.