I'm trying to eat better, lose some weight, etc. and I was wondering how much good it does to switch from Coke to Diet Coke. I typically drink about one Coke a day (sometimes more) and am curious as to whether or not this switch would make any difference one way or the other. If anyone has any thoughts they would really be appreciated. Thanks.
According to the McDonald's nutrition facts, here's how they differ:
A small Coke has 150 calories, whereas a small Diet Coke has 0. Both have 0 calories from fat.
A small Diet Coke has 30 mg of sodium, whereas a small Coke has 15.
A small Coke has 40 (I assume grams) of carbohydrates, whereas a small Diet Coke has 0.
I'm going to assume by one Coke a day, you mean 12 oz. Given the calorie difference, it would make a difference. However, you could cut something else out if you would rather still drink Coke. Or you wouldn't have to cut anything if you are within your desired calorie range.
If you mean one 2 liter bottle, yes, it will make a huge difference.
Of course, if you like other drinks like water, 1% milk, or OJ, they are far more beneficial to your body.
[This message has been edited by Shane (edited 05-17-2001).]
I once read somewhere that if you drink just one coke a day, then switch to diet coke, with the exact same diet and activity that you will lose around 12 lbs a year just from drinking the diet coke instead.
That's a simple mathematical calculation. Assuming a Coke has 115 calories and Diet has 0, that adds up to 42000 calories per year in savings. Divide that by 3500 (calories burned to lose 1 pound), and you get 12 pounds.
When I began a diet I was drinking 6 cokes a day at 150 calories each. That is 900 calories daily or 6,300 calories per week. There are 3,500 calories in a pound, so from a mathematical perspective anyway, all other things being equal, the calorie reduction from the coke switch added up to almost two pounds per week.
One 150 calorie coke per day is 1050 calories per week or nearly a third of a pound. That's more than a pound a month.
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