Am currently bulking so not a massive problem at the moment but does anyone know if the artificial flavours/chemicals & acids etc. in drink like diet coke, pepsi max, diet dr pepper etc. lead to water retention?
I must confess I have a severe addiction to pepsi max, was drinking around 2litres per day but have since curbed this addiciton slightly, only drinking it at weekends (so 5 days per week clean).
I have read about the concept of drink water to lose water but does this apply to diet drinks or drinks with sweetners such as splenda, aspartame etc.
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07-18-2010, 02:12 PM #1
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07-18-2010, 03:43 PM #2
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I have heard/read so many times that soda/caffeine doesnt cause dehydration (which for me results in third spacing/water retention.) But, in MY experience, drinking primarily diet soda makes me SO dehydrated.... to the point that I get choked because my throat is so dry... and makes my fingers/face swell just a bit. Not sure what the cause is, but to me its the dehydration that comes from the diuresis from caffeine.What's Spicy Training For?? LIFE MOTHER F-ER!
07-18-2010, 04:37 PM #3
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Hard to say really because there are lots of different diet drinks out there that have tons of different chemical ingredients in them, some which may cause water retention. I probably drink about 2 liters of aspartame diet soda per day and I haven't noticed any issues with water retention although Splenda might be different.
07-18-2010, 05:54 PM #4
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Pepsi MAX is awwweesommmeee Im taking a break from Diet dr Pepper and picked up a 12 pack of Max I drink it like no ones business and havent noticed any water retention. I scoped out a place today that sells diet cream soda.. that will be next weeks guilty pleasure. I like the Pepsi Max though cuz the high caffeine content and ginseng.
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07-18-2010, 08:09 PM #6
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Well, from what I was told in my college nutrition class, soda is pretty much neutral. It is not a dehydrater or a hydrater. It sort of cancels itself out on the whole playing field of hydration. The basic description my professor gave was that if water is a hydrater and alcohol is a dehydrater, soda is right in the middle.
I don't know how accurate that is for specific sodas though.Short term Goal: To cut back before bulking like a demon.
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07-18-2010, 08:42 PM #7
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