30-Day No Soda Challenge

Detox your body from these sugary drinks.

Skinny Ms. has heard so many of you mention personal struggles with soda addiction. We know it isn’t easy to simply quit. For one month Skinny Ms. challenges you to eliminate soda from your life. This means no soda or diet soda!

Not sure you’re ready to give up soda? Check out these two posts to learn more:  Soda’s Side Effects, More Reasons to Cut Out Soda and Battling Soda Addiction.

This challenge will be done on a “good-faith” basis. Do this challenge for yourself and we will help motivate you and provide support along the way. We want you to participate because you want to, not because you have to. There are no contracts involved. It is simply a deal you make with yourself.

Even if you don’t have a problem with consuming too much soda, you can still benefit from this challenge! Most sodas contain empty calories, refined sugar and/or and artificial sweeteners…so if you drink it, why not challenge yourself to cut it out for just one month and see if you notice any health benefits? What could it hurt?

If you’re wondering how you will get by without soda, you aren’t alone. We gotcha covered, try these Skinny Ms. Natural Soda Alternatives or other Skinny Ms. Drinks to help fill the void soda leaves behind. More on the effects of soda here.

GUIDELINES

NO sodas allowed – Diet or regular. See Q’s & A’s below for tips!

Start a Soda Bowl – Grab a bowl and each day add the money you would typcially spend on sodas to the bowl. If you normally buy a case, six pack or 2-liters when grocery shopping…add that amount of money to the bowl. Anytime you find yourself craving a soda, add the money it would cost to purchase one, to the Soda Bowl. You can’t spend this money for the entire month of August. Buy yourself something special with your Soda Bowl money. You will deserve it! Let us know how much money you’ve collected for the duration of the challenge.

Stock up – If tap water isn’t your thing, buy several gallons of distilled water and drink it in place of sodas. You can usually find distilled water on sale for about .79 cents per gallon. We have other tips for making naturally flavored water right here at Skinny Ms..

Check in Daily – Take a minute each day or every few days, to leave a comment below and tell us about your progress. If you are struggling, let us know and ask for tips.

Try having a cup of peppermint tea or make an entire pitcher. If peppermint tea isn’t your thing, have another kind of herbal tea, the possibilities are endless. If you must sweeten your tea, be sure to add a touch of honey or maple syrup rather than refined sugar or artificial sweeteners.

The possibilities are only as limited as your local grocery store, orchard or garden. Remember that fresh fruit is a great way of naturally sweetening water without the empty calories. This also helps with getting the sugar you might be craving and will help make your challenge successful.

DURATION

The challenge lasts for 30 days from the day you start.

Questions & Answers:

Q:  I’ve tried so many times to kick the soda habit, but I get a terrible headache that lasts for several days. Any suggestions?
A: If you think headaches will be a problem, start lessening the amount of soda you drink each day…starting today! Here’s how it works:

For example, if you normally drink 3 sodas a day begin to reduce your intake by doing the following:
Day 1 – Drink 2 3/4 sodas
Day 2 – Drink 2 1/2 sodas
Day 3 – Drink 2 1/4 sodas
Day 4 – Drink 2 sodas
You get the idea. Continue with this pattern until you’re down to zero sodas…then on with the challenge.

Q:  My grandmother drank a six pack of sodas everyday since I can remember. She lived to be 96. Come on, do you really believe sodas are all that bad?
A:  We’ve heard similar arguments. There are exceptions to every rule, including living to be 100 and eating unhealthy on a daily basis. Or, maybe your grandfather smoked a pack of cigaretts every day for 50 years and lived to be 90. These are the exceptions. We focus on eating healthy as a way of life, not as a temporary fix.

Q:  If I slip up and have a soda does that mean I’m out of the challenge?
A:  Of course not! Slip ups are just that and we want you to continue with the challenge regardless.

Q:  Haven’t you heard that anything in moderation is okay?
A:  True, a lot of things in moderation are okay. On the other hand, many things in moderation are not okay. Can you think of any? We’re not opposed to drinking a soda on occasion. We decided to make August the ‘No Soda Challenge’ month because of the overwhelming requests from so many of you to go forward with this challenge. Addiction of any kind is typically unhealthy.

Q:  I drink sodas because I like them…they’re refreshing, especially when the weather is so hot. Why should I do this challenge?
A: You should do this challenge only if you want to. We’re inviting you to take this challenge if you have a difficult time going one day–or even two days–without having a soda. This challenge is for those who want to incorporate more healthy alternatives into their diets but have a difficult time doing so.

Q:  I drink about 2 – 3 diet sodas a day. I have to be honest, I don’t think there’s a thing wrong with drinking sodas. Why should I take this challenge?
A:  If for no other reason than to prove you can do it. What do you have to lose? Maybe you’ll save a little money along the way and feel the benefits.

AFTER THE CHALLENGE

The goal of this challenge is to break the soda addiction. This is not to say, “never have a soda again, ever”! Having a soda ever now and again, is not the same as having to have 3 and 4 sodas each day. We want to help you get through the first month so you have the motivation to continue on your own, if you choose too. Whether or not you decide to continue living soda-free after the challenge is completely up to you. So what do you say? Will you join us?

GET SUPPORT!

Skinny Ms. will serve as a source of motivation and support. You can interact with us on our Facebook page or leave a comment below. Feel free to ask questions throughout the challenge. You can also find recipes for drink alternatives here, and we’ll keep updating them throughout the month. Put your best effort in and we promise, it will be worth it. Get started with us and beat the soda addiction!! Are you in?

NOTE: Skinny Ms. does not make any health claims about drinking soda one way or the other. We personally do not drink soda and have not for several years. We recommend you do the research and decide for yourself. Here are 7 reasons you might consider giving up soda once and for all.

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  1. I stopped drinking soda earlier this year and while it took me several weeks to get rid of the caffeine in my body and not feel the effects of not having the soda, I did it! Problem is I started drinking blended mochas recently and now have to go through the withdrawal all over again. But, in the long run, its all worth it…so while I dont drink soda as much as I used to, I will be joining this challenge with you. Good luck to everyone!

  2. I wish I COULD break the soda habit! It's destroying my teeth, because of the acid, and I've put on SO much weight! I've tried to give up soda before…I did pretty well, and I really started losing the weight! But, when that time of the month comes around, I crave…and I mean "CRAVE" coca-cola, BIG TIME!!! And, it doesn't help that I really like coke!!
    I know all the pop I drink is not, at all, good for me. But, even the fear of what it may be doing to my insides, isn't enough to help me stop drinking it!!
    I have never smoked, did any type of drug, and it's extremely, extremely rare if I have any alcohol to drink. You would think, being as strong headed as I am about those common habits, it would be easy for me to give up drinking pop!!
    It's crazy to have to admit that I'm going to need all the help i can get with this!!! 

    1. pam, i feel just like you do–it sounds like i'm reading my own story.  i am going to try this.  no, i am going to DO this…this time, for good.   i'm hoping to have lots of support and encouragement here.   i LOVE dr. pepper (southern girl here!)  and i expect this to be difficult, but not impossible.  we're all going to be here for you if you decide to come on this journey with us.  good luck!!

      1. Deb, I love your comment…how kind of you to be so supportive! We will provide support by creating more recipe ideas as an alternative to sodas, motivation and more. We're truly happy you will be joining the challenge!!! 😀

    2. Pam, We really want you to take the challenge and succeed. We absolutely know it won't be easy…but we're here to support you. Tell yourself you will do this and succeed…and mean it!!! Are you in? 😀

    3. Pam, I was the same and excited to say over the last two months I slowly weened myself from drinking soda. I was addicted to coke also, and my teeth are a nightmare from the acid in the pop, but I haven't had any pop over the last two weeks, I'm now drinking flavored water and body by vi protein drinks now! You can do it!

    4. Pam, you must be my twin. I am exactly the same as you-word for word!! I only quit drinking Cokes(2 Liters per day at least) while I was pregnant and actually lost weight!! But then after the babies were born, I went back to the sodas. I gained back the weight plus more each time, now I'm at least 50 pounds overweight!! I have so many health problems due to the sodas, I am going to take this challenge and do my best to quit the soda habit for good.

    5. Pam, I struggled (and am still struggling) with the same addiction. It's been about 2 weeks since I decided to give up pop. I only caved 3 times, but it's much better than the 4/day I was doing!
      Try giving it up a little at a time. Just don't go cold turkey like I did 😉

      Good luck!

    6. hey Pam! im 23 years old, and i LOVE LOVE LOVE coke, and ginger ale, its funny you say so, because when it is my time of the month I am desperate for ginger ale, if I don't have it during those few days I get very cranky and I feel on edge. And on a regular daily basis I drink a little less then two liters of Pepsi or coke a day, i was 108 pounds and in the past 2 and a half months I am now 132 pounds… and i am only 5 foot 1. I had abs and a rock hard body before this from being a competitive dancer, and every time I see myself i feel disappointed. i know its still a pretty small weight size, but to me, i was happier before. And now I feel tired and out of shape when I am at dance class. I've tried SOOOOO many times to not drink any pop, 3 of 4 days would go by and I would be so proud of myself, but then we either go out to eat or get take out and i cave… and it doesn't help that m boyfriend absolutely hates any kind of pop, he only drinks milk, chocolate milk or water. ( I AM SO JEALOUS ) so I said f*ck it! it has been 39 days since I have had ANY kind of pop, was hard on Christmas but I made it! my bags under my eyes are disappearing , my little pimples are completely gone, my teeth are getting whiter and im down to a 114! i am perfectly happy at that weight and I am so so happy I made it through this, the first week was the toughest but I did it! and I know you can do it 🙂 I have faith in you, you sounded just like me, do this challenge, you will feel so happy you have no idea! GOOD LUCK TO EVERYBODY!

  3. I'm trying to lose weight for a wedding in September. Soda was actually the first thing I decided to give up….just stopped cold turkey. I'm drinking plain old tap water with a squirt or two of lemon juice in it.  There are times I crave the soda, but I'm determined to lose the weight!!

  4. I haven't had any soft drinks in over 11 years!!  they are just too sugary… I don't miss them at all….. and the pounds they put on……….

    1. I just wanted to say that I was a major Mountain Dew addict from the time I was a little kid. My Mom was also addicted to soda so she never limited the amount my sister and I could have. I think I had my first can of Mountain Dew when I was 4 years old and before that I would take sips from my Mom’s. Now, I am not trying to say anything bad about my Mom’s parenting because she was a single Mother who worked hard and went to school and was honestly the best Mom in the world. It’s just that she didn’t know any different. Flash forward 30 years and about 6 and a half months ago I was still drinking at least 2 big gulps full of Mountain Dew a day. I have never been a heavy person, but I noticed after turning 30, when my metabolism started to slow down a bit, I gained an extra 20 pounds. In my 20’s I could have lost that pretty easily, but that just didn’t happen now. So a little over 6 months ago I decided to completely give up soda and see how long I could keep it up. Well, I was able to stop drinking soda and now I have lost those extra 20 pounds plus a couple more! There have been one or two times and it’s usually during my period, where I have been craving a soda really badly in the past few months and instead of getting a giant big gulp I’ve gotten the smallest size filled it full with ice and even then I don’t finish it I don’t feel the need to finish it it’s like a sip or two satisfies that craving and again I do not do that very often. However, coming from drinking so much soda on the daily I don’t feel like it’s bad to treat yourself every once in awhile. I will say though that during the first four months I didn’t treat myself at all because I was so addicted that I didn’t feel at that time I would be able to just have a sip of a soda and not finish it. I am still losing weight and being from a family where diabetes is a real risk for me I know that this has also probably significantly reduced my risk of getting diabetes myself. I know it’s hard and I know the prospect of giving up something that is such a big part of your life is daunting, but if I can do it, truly anyone can do it! Best of luck to everyone!

  5. I have had diet soda since high school. I have found I need the bubbles to get going. Coffee doesn't do it. It doesn't help my teeth & hurt my fertility. I can drink water but need non-sugar alternatives. Water, tea, & coffee do not make much options. I don't drink a lot of tea & coffee.

    1. Jiamfo, We're working on recipe alternatives now. They'll all be healthy and won't contain refined sugar.

  6. My biggest issue is the caffeine, not the sugar. I drink diet because high sugars bother my stomach, but I have cut WAY down from my high school life and only drink one of those mini-can at lunch at work (so roughly 5 days per week depending) and have switched to ice teas, etc. for at home. The headaches from having zero caffeine though are the only thing keeping me from stopping right now 100%…

      1. Chalene, In that case, gradual withdrawal is best. I'd recommend reducing your intake by 1/4 cup each day.

    1. Ronda, The secret to the caffeine fix…each day have less and less. Within a week you'll be off the caffeine and no headaches. I went cold turkey several years ago and had a headache for a few days. The gradual reduction will help with that. Are you in?

  7. I'm in! I was able to drastically reduce the amount of soda I drink earlier this year but have been drinking more and more here lately. 

    1. You should try NO soda for a year, I started in August, and I have been successful ever since, also for a harder challenge, try NO sugary drinks for a month, or a year. Thats hard!

  8. Water, coffee, tea, wine, beer or milk…that's all I ever drink. Use to drink an occassional diet sierra mist but gave it up a long time ago. I don't understand what so many people like about it soda.

    1. Skr515, I can't explain it…was once sooooo refreshing. I was addict but gave it up almost 5 years ago. Thank goodness!

  9. Its kind of hard to commit to this challenge when at the top of the page there is an advertisement from Coca cola 
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  10. I'm also in! I'm already a week into the challenge. I've been loving the drinks you are posting. it gives me other options to consider. what is your feelings on seltzer water? I love soda for the carbonation and seltzer water has been a nice fix for that, especially in the mornings. my husband quit about two months ago so now I'm trying it. I have a 7yr old daughter who is hooked on soda as well. mainly because of me lo ing it so much. she has been drinking to.s of water and juices this past week and has not mentioned missing soda at all! I look forward to this challenge and hearing everyones progress!

  11. I am in too. My husband and I decided to give up diet sodas and he has done great…me, not so much! I am in…need a good motivation to get rid of the 1 a day I have cut down to.  Soda's got to go!

  12. I don’t drink soda often, but every once in a while, I get this overwhelming craving for Pepsi. The worse is when my mom comes to visit, which is planned for next week. I will do this challenge to try to work through these weight loss challenges. 

  13. I'm in! I have been focused on this all summer, but once school starts it will be much harder! So thanks for the motivation!

    1. Day 3 without soda and junk food. Had a killer migraine last night, slept it off, woke up today 2 lbs lighter and feeling good.

  14. I know that I am an addict, i am looking forward to this challenge.  It sure will be just that – a CHALLENGE!  I would like to accept, and think instead of a soda bowl I will use an empty 2 liter bottle of diet coke and put whatever money I save that usually goes toward sode in there! 

  15. I am in! I've already been telling my friends and family that I want to get rid of my Coke Zero habit next month! Now I won't have to do it all alone!

  16. I am excited about this challenge – it will keep me accountable.  I really have already broken the soda cycle but it never hurts to have a challenge to do.  I just want to say that I used to drink at least 3 diet sodas a day but when I started eating clean this year I knew that I had to rid myself of them.  At first it was no problem at home because I felt in control but when we would go out with friends or family that is when I felt it was more difficult because everyone else was ordering them and I thought no big deal I will order one too but then it turned into refiill after refill.  But now after I made the choice to stop it is getting easier to just order water with lemon and I even got my husband to do the same!  So I know that those that are going to participate in this challenge can do it!  We are all here for ya!  The way that I feel now with just drinking water is AMAZING.  And when I did happen to have a diet coke not too long ago – I didn't even like the taste!

  17. I'm IN!  I am a caffeine-free diet soda junkie.  I've been on this challenge for a couple of weeks now, but I don't think my whole heart was in it.  I blew it on a few occasions.  I'm completely out of soda at the moment, so I'm not buying ANY more! Let's DO this!

  18. I am going to try this. I must end my Diet Coke addiction (or as I like to refer to it liquid crack).

  19. I am in!  I am going to recruit my husband and my sons to join the challenge, too!  My oldest son gave up soda and has lost almost 20 pounds in 3 months, with that being the only change.  Diet Coke is my weakness, but as long as I have the carbonated water I am ok.  It's not the caffeine it's the carbonation I crave!

  20. I'm in!! I've been losing weight and have limited myself to one a day, but this is just what I need to help me drop that last one. It can only help me lose the weight faster. So NO soda for me for the next month! 

  21. I think this is a great idea to take this no soda challenge! Now if I can get my family to stop with me.  Okay, one thing at a time. 
    By the way, I love a product called True Lemon. I add a pack or two to my water. It makes it very refreshing. They also make a True Lime and a True Orange. There is no sugar in them and little or no calories.  You can even cook with them; add the lime to your guacamole or lemon on your chicken. Check them out at truelemon.com  I am in no way affliated with this company except a lover of the product.  I hope that helps you non-water drinkers. 

  22. I’m in!  I wouldn’t necessarily say that I am addicted – but I’d love to challenge myself 🙂

  23. I am in!  Love the idea of saving the money to buy yourself a treat!  I'm a total diet pepsi addict so this is great for me.
     

  24. I am so in! This is just what I need to do something I have been needing to do for a long time. I will stock up tomorrow on all the alternatives and be ready Wednesday! (and I will be so thrilled if I lose a few pounds too!)

  25. I am in! I was doing really good not drinking soda, but then summer hit and I can't get enough of icee's from 7 eleven.

    1. Michelle, FANTASTIC!!!! Tip: take the word try out of your vocabulary and replace it with, "I'm WILL to do this"!!! And you will Ms. Michelle! 😀

  26. I just kicked my diet soda habit.  I was a big old addict, and I still miss it, but I feel so good having stopped.  Good luck to everyone taking this challenge.  

  27. I am in. I have been drinking Diet Pepsi since I was a teen and that was a long long time ago. Time to kick the habit. Perhaps it will help in my stalled WW plateau, as not much else seems to be working at this time.

  28. I'm in! I will definitely miss an occassional afternoon soda, but definitely worth it to get healthier and cut empty calories out of my diet!

  29. II'm in. before my pregnancy i was so good all water or tea. When I cut soda out 29lbs dropped like nothing! Now 4months post baby and breastfeeding cutting down drastically… I need all the quik fasts to drop lbs! Back to school this month this can't be any easier.

  30. I'm in.  I have hit a weight plateau but continue to lose inches.  Still am motivated and am still working out but want to see the number get smaller.  Am hoping this will give it a jumpstart!  Have a family wedding in 6 weeks so I am using that as my 'goal' date.  Extending my challenge until then.  Thanks for giving me the added motivation to try this!

  31. I have gone three days without a Coke.  Haven't missed it too much yet.  Going to try to make it the whole month of August. I do know that I feel so much better when I don't drink Coke but it is an addiction for me.

  32. I really need to do this, so this must be the sign I needed.  I was just thinking how I need to stop @ the gas station in the morning to get my sodas & then I saw this.

  33. I think this is great! Healthy habits are much easier to achieve one step at a time. I am definitely in! 🙂

  34. I'm in!  I've done this before, so I know I can do this!  But once I had one diet dr pepper, I was a goner!!  Good luck to all!!

  35.  I gave up soft drinks 3 years ago.  I drink water and have recently
    started enjoying Perrier.  I can't imagine the damage I was doing to my
    kidneys when I drank Coke all the time.  I have also kicked the fast
    food habit as well.  In the past year and a half I have only eaten fast
    food twice.  

  36. I haven't had Coke in a week! The first few days were hard and I had bad cravings for it, but it's gotten better thanks to Shakeology, a drink from Beachbody. My cravings for Coke and junk food are gone!!! Lost 6 pounds this week!

  37. I stopped drinking Pepsi for a year, out with family said it would be nice to have a pepsi as they were all having one and i knew i shouldn't have one but someone said one can't hurt. Well yes it can cause now I am drinking 2 a day, ths time I know I can never have Pepsi again once I stop this time.

    1. Len-al, We're so happy you will be joining everyone! I'll be working on drink recipes this week to help everyone stick to the challenge.

  38. I'm in! I've just lost 30lbs without giving up my beloved full calorie Dr. Pepper but I've seriously plateaued so I'm going to give this a shot!

  39. I actually made the decision to do this last night. Stop the diet coke and all of the aspertame drinks. Funny I decided that at dinner last night and you have this article today! I'm in!

  40. I gave up soda on May 21. My daughter, who had given it up on Easter Sunday convinced my husband and I do so. I feel so much better. And, yesterday, my boss told me that I encouraged her to do the same. She's been soda-free for 3 weeks now. So, I want to give encouragement to everyone who is taking this challenge! You CAN do it!

  41. Well, already had one today before I saw this, so I shall start tomorrow! I want to kick the diet pop habit for good. I've quit a couple times but always go back to the bad habit. I believe it is truly an addiction.

  42. I began this no sodachallenge on my own on July 12th of this year. I have not had a soda since then and have had clearer skin too. (I don't know if the two are related.) I drank two to three Coke Zeros per day and have replaced them with water. I don't necessarily like the non-taste of water so I add the Crystal Light Pure, or Walmart even makes a store brand made with truvia and colored with natural coloring. I'm proud of myself for beginning the steps to get healthier, oh and I've even lost 10 lbs since July 1st just changing the things I eat and walking 3x per week. Trust me, if I can do it ANYONE can!

  43. Sodas are not my down fall and I don't have cravings for them at all, but chocolate is. So, I have decided to give up chocolate for the month of August instead.

  44. I am going to try this.  I have a Dr Pepper either once a day or every couple days, but I want to do this!!  Good luck to everyone else doing this!!

  45. I am going to try this.  I usually drink a Dr Pepper once a day or every couple days.  I want to do this though!!  Good luck to you all!!

    1. Today is my third day of no pop. On a daily basis i would have two or three cans of pop but recently like the last three weeks, i would four cans a day. It was getting bad. My doctor said im close to being diabetic. So that made my mind up. Watching what i eat. Get that water in. Its getting cold up north so cant walk outside, i need a gym membership. Hahah. Its my First day of caffeine/coffee. I have a headache for a few hours now. After i ate today, i got the headache. Its bareable but i dont want to take asprins just yet. Idk what else to drink. I know sparkling water, tea, coffee, water, but its hard when its not the same as pop. Any suggestions on different techniques to pass the craving of wanting a pop or a sip? 👏🏽

      1. Talana, Maybe Debbie will have a better suggestion. For me, every time I had an urge to drink another soda, I did 10 pushups or jumping jacks.That may sound silly, but it took my mind off the craving, even if for a few minutes. It worked! I haven’t had a soda in years…never looked back.

  46. Great idea, I am going to join you! I've been wanting to try and cut out soda for a while, but I always let myself have one when I get a craving because, well, what's stopping me?  Hopefully telling myself I'm a part of this challenge will help give me the motivation to just say no to pop!

  47. I'm in too! I LOVE diet Dr. Pepper and don't have a problem quitting for months on end then I start with "just one today" and after a couple of weeks realize I'm having one almost every day. It's my go to stress reliever at work but I have a co-worker that will help me be accountable so hopefully that will help in the long run. I love plain old water too so that isn't even the problem, I just love the sweet, bubbly taste of my fix.

  48. yesterday I drank 10 diet cokes, today I stopped at 2.  By the end of the week, tomorrow hopefully 2 * 3/4's and hope to be down to 1 by Sunday.  Next week the real challenge begins for me.  no headaches today though!  

    1. WOW…I'm betting you'll feel amazing by the end of August. I'm so happy for you and your decision to take the challenge!!! 😀

  49. I have been trying to give up fountain cokes for yrs. I can go a month or two maybe even three but I always slip and get back in the soda habit. How can I make it last? By the way, every time I make it a month or two without soda I lose a few pounds and every time I start drinking them again I gain a few pounds.

    1. Kelly, First….take the word 'try' or 'trying' out of you vocabulary, just stop using that word. Instead, replace it with these phrases, "I can, I will, I know I can". It's amazing the difference this one change can make in so many aspects of life. Don't buy it or have in your house. If you find yourself tempted to buy it, force yourself to buy distilled water instead. 🙂

  50. Screwed up on the first day!! I was doing great, hadn't had one all day long. Supper is my down fall. What can I drink at supper to get over the craving for one then? HELP!! Feeling so down.

  51. While Im reading this page there is a small ad for Diet Coke.  Kind of ironic.  You might want to go with different advertising…

  52. I have given up soda for Lent for the last 2 years and I always noticed a difference after Lent (40 days). I don't drink sodas as much anymore and when I do, I feel really bloated and uncomfortable. This is a great challenge and I encourage people to do it. Of course, you will have cravings, especially because you know you should not have it. But in the long run, you will feel great at the end of this challenge.
    Good Luck!!!!

  53. Ok, so the very first day, I replaced my diet dr pepper with a no sugar energy drink because I only drink soda for the caffeine. Any suggestions? I really don’t care for unsweetened tea or coffee.

  54. I have cut my diet coke consumption in half the last few days, although I have replaced it with another artifically (?) flavored drink, Crystal Light Lemonade, I figured at least I'm getting more water in my body this way. 

  55. I'm not a huge soda drinker, but I do consume it at times and it's so not healthy! I just found out about this so today, August 4th, I start this challenge!

  56. I am successfully starting day 4 of the challenge!! Hopefully this will be the first day without a headache. I am so excited that I made it this far. How is everyone else doing!

  57. I started on July 31st and went until yesterday without a diet coke.  I broke down and had one with dinner last night, but am back on track today!  Progress not perfection, right?

  58. I have MS and stopped drinking pop for almost a month. I craved it more than food. Saw a great sale and stocked up. I was drinking 3 cans back to back then sneaking some. It made my body feel horrible. So I think I will try this. The support should help a lot. Good luck everyone!

  59. Been very tempted but have made it through so far without even a sip of Pop. I didn't start the money jar as I have been about the same amount of money when out either for tea or water.  My DH isn't going completely pop free but he has committed to only 1 pop a day. Yesterday he had a snafu but we were gone for almost 12 hours so not going to worry about it.  Sometimes life gets in the way 🙂 

  60. Day 6…..going strong! I've eliminated all caffeinated beverages (even my zero calorie energy drinks!!!!) I feel pretty good!!!! 😀

  61. I never would have believed I could go 5 days without a diet coke.  Today is day 6 and I'm  doing great.  First day I had a headache but have discovered that green tea with ginseng solves that problem. 

  62. I actually started on July 11th the no soda challenge for myself….i just started randomly and am proud to say that i havent had a sip, drink, Sonic Happy Hour, glass, cup, can, bottle of soda! And now that football has started for my son….he is doing it with me! yay!! So exciting!!  Its actually alot easier than alot of people think…..the last time i did a soda challenge i lasted 267 days (june 2011-march 2012) Good luck everyone!!! 🙂

  63. I am in, scared but I so want to break this soda addiction!!  Today is my daughters 18th birthday and I want to be healthier and live longer for many many more birthdays.  So my gift to her today is to start getting healthier by breaking this bad habit.

  64. I think that I will try to take the No Soda Challenge beginning this weekend. I need to lose weight and I also have high triglycerides. I am excited to try the challenge!

  65. I actually cut out sodas the beginning of July and am still going strong!! I was drinking about 2-3 sodas a day. I started to have bad back pain all the time so thought I would try to give up cokes to lose some weight. Its been about a month now and I feel great! I've lost about 10 lbs.!! I haven't really craved a soda either after the 1st week of  no sodas. I like the water flavor things from Hawaiin Punch, only 10 calories for 20 ounce bottle! If I can do it you can too!!

  66. I've seen this challenge on Facebook and didn't give it a thought until I realized that I haven't had a soda in a while.  And just yesterday I was thinking I would like a coke or something, but never did anything about it.  I've found myself passing the soda aisle at the grocery store so as not to get tempted and I ordered a water the last few times I've been out to dinner or some other function.  So I think subconsciously I've been thinking of all the reasons not to drink soda and I credit Skinny Ms for all the info that i'm reading but not even thinking about. It must be sinking in.  So now I will make a conscious decision to not drink soda for at least the rest of August.  thank you

  67. Went 11 days without a coke but broke down and had one yesterday.  Teacher in-service did me in yesterday.  Didn't have one today.

  68. I'm in! To be honest I switched coke to diet coke a while ago, thinking that was better but reading things on here made me realise that I should just not drink any! I do love water, I just get bored of it very easily as I don't drink tea or coffee, just water, all day at work, all evening…..zzzzzzz. BUT I am determined to do it. So far I have done 5 days, and I do feel better. Good luck everyone!

  69. I have been soda free (coca cola) since July 28th.  It has been hard–really hard–but I have not slipped up–i have been drinking peppermint iced tea and just plain ice water.  

  70. Didn't see this page till today..I'm on my second day,yesterday was very bad, headache,tired,today is a lot better,I have been drinking a lot of water..a ex coke-cola drinker

    1. Tammie, Thanks so much for keeping us up-to-date on your success. You're so right, it makes it much easier when a family member joins in.

  71. This challenge is great timing. Last Monday (9/10) I decided to kick my Pepsi habit. And now here I am one week later, still no Pepsi! I've never been able to do this before, but now I am ready. I have had some cravings, but when I do I get a big glass of ICE water instead. And bonus…i weighed myself today…down 2 pounds from last Monday! 🙂

  72. I want to try to eliminate diet soda.. Ill start on monday next week. This is a great challenge for soda addicts like me. Thanks in advance :))

  73. I have broke this addiction over and over and once i cave in just once I crave it over and over on a daily basis so I need to cut it out of my diet and not look back.

  74. I just found this via Pinterest. I decided to quit soda back in December. I am almost a month into it and have only had a sip once. It is so tempting still but I am determined. I want my kids to follow suit as well.

  75. I have up soda for Lent, before I saw this challenge. I am still feeling the craving but I have noticed my stomach hasn't ached and I am sleeping better. I hope to kick it for good!!

  76. I have clinical headaches where im on medication to help with them and im only 17, because of these headaches i cant drink tea or coffee but i have a pop addiction i would LOVE to get rid of! especially since im doing a couple of the other challenges to get that bikini body ready for summer any advice on what else i could drink to not make me want a pepsi! ??

  77. I am nineteen. I just had a child seven months ago and have been doing my best to try and lose ALL of my baby weight before the summer. This would probably help. I really only drink sprite but it is still a soda. So I want to kick it. (:

  78. I am in and will need the support as Im trying break the soda addiction that I have had for almost 50 years. I would like to try the challange of going for a month without one, I know it will be a stuggle BUT I need to take control of my life somewhere and this would be like a new beginning for me.

  79. I am IN! Starting today! Also starting a no-yelling-for-365-days challenge, which might be a tad harder!! Good luck all!

  80. Starting this today…and realized that I haven't had soda in 2 days already. I'm trying to get my husband to join me as well!

  81. I know I'm really late into this, but I really want to do this. Today is my starting day, and it does not help that I will be in Disney World for the last week of this challenge! I always get a headache whenever I try this, but I know if I give myself a break or ration it out, I will lose it. Is there an alternative besides rationalizing it?

  82. I want to challenge myself to do this. Whenever it seems im thirsty I always want to go for a soda. When I'm at fast food places I will want a soda along with the meal

    1. Ralph, I understand completely…I’ve been there. Here’s a few suggestions:

      Replace soda with water, always. Keep a bottle with you at all times.
      Avoid fast food restaurants if possible. 🙂
      You will feel 100% better.

  83. I have to say I only have a soda on the day I have a late-night class or early-morning class at my college campus. Usually it's 2 at the most…then I drink water the rest of the week.

  84. I'M IN!!! Great timing for me. I stopped drinking pepsi for many years but once I have one I am addicted again. Need this challenge to kick the habit again:)

  85. I am 14 years old and where I live, in the South-having Cherry Lemon Sundrop is a big soft drink. Its basically a lemon lime soda mixed with cherry's and more lemons. It is very good-but it is terrible for my health. I have been thinking about totally changing my diet around. So, Today I googled "no soda challenge" and this is what popped up, it was the first web result so I clicked on it and that was at 11 a.m.
    Since 11 o'clock I have had NO soda and NO caffeine what so ever. I have had water all day long, That is a big accomplishment for me and it makes me and my parents proud. Going to do this and stay soda free!

    1. Chancey, GOOD FOR YOU!!! 🙂 By starting a healthy eating plan now, you can expect to reap many benefits. Most people don’t realize the importance of “Clean-Eating” until they are faced with an illness or obesity. Please keep us posted on your progress. 🙂

  86. I'm in – I had quit drinking soda about 6weeks ago but reverted back a few times in the past week or so. Need to get back on the bandwagon!! What about Stevia for sweetener? Haven't seen any comments on this.

  87. My problem is, while my body "needs" the caffeine, I just simply like the carbonation sometimes… I'm totally addicted though. I have only been allowing myself one 20 oz. soda in a day.

  88. I stopped drinking soda cold Turkey about 11 days ago. My headaches were constant the first few days because of the caffeine withdraws. I do miss my Mountain Dew so badly, that I imagine an icecold glass every now and then. But, I've been strong for this long. I won't cave in. lol

  89. What about Pellegrino, or Perrier??? Or the flavored seltzer water?? Note I am not talking about the ones that have aspartame in it.. 2 ingredients H2O, and CO2… Pst.. Pellegrino contains calcium, naturally… That makes it taste better that any of them…

    1. James, I would recommend reading the labels first. Perrier should be fine. The flavored waters are often artificially flavored. I’m not familiar with Pellegrino?

  90. Hey! I just came across this, and I am going to start this challenge tomorrow! I will be cutting out coffee, frappes, and diet coke! I probably have at leave 5frappes a week, a few cups of coffee everyday, and between 20-50oz of diet coke daily! I am so excited to try this!

    1. Jojo, WOW…I’m excited for you. I created this challenge for myself over 5 years ago and I can honestly say, IT CHANGED MY LIFE!!!! Please, keep us posted on your progress. 🙂

  91. I'm going to try this! I've been drinking soda ever since I can remember. I'm 19 and have gained so much weight from it because between working at a grocery store and starting college it's everywhere. It's so at reach you would think that we as humans forgot that water even existed!

  92. I was addicted to Dr. Pepper. I quit it several times, but always craved the caffeine. I also got massive caffeine withdrawal headaches. The headaches turned into migraines on several occasions. Last April I decided to stop drinking Dr. Pepper. I honestly didn't think I could do it. I had slowly weaned myself to one or two a day and then I decided to not buy another one ever again. I did really good for a month. The headaches came and went but I was feeling so much better. I still craved it, I still do, but I went a whole month and I was so proud of myself. Then on May 15th I had a large Dr. Pepper at McDonald's. I wanted it, I craved it and I drank it. Exactly three days later I got THE worst migraine. I was in bed for 2 days. I decided then and there I would never have another Dr. Pepper again. Well it has been 9 months and I haven't cheated once! I see it at restaurants or stores but I never get any. I did keep drinking Sprite or 7-Up but I decided in January I would give up all carbonated sodas. I also stopped drinking milk. Now I only drink ice water or Powerade Zero. It has been amazing how my headaches have stopped or when I get one it is manageable. I hope to teach my kids to stay away from caffeinated sodas. So they don't have to suffer a pop addiction the way I did.

  93. Day 2 no soda no headaches and Im thrilled. I'm feeling emotional but thats about all. Kind of excited that I am doing it!!

  94. I gave up soda and fast food 32 days ago. I ate soda and drank fast food everyday. I've never felt better in my life! I only drink water and replace fast food with salads! I've lost 20lbs! Anyone can do it!

  95. I decided to give up caffeine and pop 2 weeks ago. Since then, I think I've had 3 total. The headaches and withdrawals weren't fun, but it only took about 3 days. I've tried going to flavored water, but I have to admit I do miss the carbonation.
    I'm hoping to leave this addiction in the past and start to live healthier.

  96. Im doing this challenge now, 10 days so far and no fizzy drinks. Drink Coke all the time, 600ml a day sometimes. just became a habbit. got thirsty just grabbed a glass of soft drink. Still have a Bottle of Pepsi in the fridge for a week unopened.

  97. I'm about a month and half on the challenge and Fiji Water is now my new favorite drink. I used to drink 4 to 6 cans of a day of Sprite or Sprite Zero. I told myself that since it was clear and didn't have any caffeine that it wasn't as bad as other sodas. I decided to go cold turkey and gave away all the soda I had to my co-workers. I set a quota of at least 1 Liter of water a day. Have I slipped up? Sure. I went out for a pizza a few days ago and had 2 small glasses of Sprite. Last week, I had a few rum and cokes at the bar. I can accept having a soda once in a while, but at least I'm not living on it like I was for years.

    I'm always going to like soda and I really don't see myself ever being one of those people that ONLY drink water. But I have greatly reduced my soda addiction, I feel better, and a few people have asked me if I've lost weight. I have a dental cleaning scheduled next month so hopefully there's not as much gunk on my teeth as usual since I'm not constantly drowning them in soda.

    IMO, the key is to find the right water for you and if you find regular water too boring, try adding lemon or cucumber. Good luck!

  98. I love Canada Dry Gingerale and Mexico Cola….stopping the Cola, but making my own gingerale. Boil powered ginger in water, add honey for sweetening and lemon juice. Strain and put in sealed jar. add 1/4 cup of mixture to bottle and use a soda carbonator. Tastes just like gingerale and it is delicious and healthy for you. Delicious!

  99. My husband would go through a 24 pack of sodas in about 2-3 days on average. He gave them up COLD TURKEY about a year ago to get back into shape for his Army PT test. Now, he thinks sodas are nasty so he drinks nothing but water and tea. I need to kick this habit as well because it's ruining my teeth, and I've gained some weight (especially in the last 2 years or so).

  100. I cut soda down quite a bit for about going on to a month and a half. It really is bad for you. Don't get me wrong it taste wonderful and quenches your thirst any time but, I haven't been feeling too healthy lately so this is what I have decided to do. Once in a while I will have some soda in a cone cup maybe 2xs a week
    but that's it. My depression seems to be better but occasionally I get dizzy and I was dizzy all the time my
    manager told me to change my eating habits. I have cut Mcdonalds out a lot. Used to have that every nite.
    I hope I see more improvements that I have dropped soda.

  101. I'm in. Had been doing well at not drinking it, but lately I've been drinking it again. And the weight gain is coming back with it.

  102. I HAVE to do this! I easily drink a 2 Liters worth or more a day- it's all I drink. I don't really eat but one or two meals at most a day, they're relatively small. I'm not a sweets eater at all, and I love salads. But I realized recent;y that now my two young sons keep asking to drink soda (I won't let them) and my oldest who's nine said "I should be able to drink soda because you do." And he's right, I'm being a total hypocrite about it!! It's really hard though, but I'm going to try this. I was off soda for a month post surgery and felt great, immediately dropped fifteen pounds. I'll be checking in with you all soon- wish me luck!!

  103. I was a fan of Mt. dew for years. I have had a 1 diet cherry limeade in one year. Haven't effected me at all and I'm not going back.

    1. Crystal, You just start the challenge yourself, following the tips. There's not a group to join or any sign up or anything.

  104. so do we actually join somewhere or do we just say we join? just a question 🙂 im not sure if theres a real way to sign up or anything

    1. Tiffany, That is a common question from readers :). No sign up is available/required. You can leave any comments or feedback while you are doing it here though! We love to hear about positive results!

  105. Friday was the last coke zero I had in an effort to stop drinking soda all together. I don't recommend the cold turkey approach though. I have been dealing with confusion, anger and headaches since! The only caffeine intake from this point forward is the coffee I drink in the mornings!

    1. Charles, That is excellent. Unsweetened Tea, hot or iced, (Green, Black, etc) is also a good option if you are missing the caffeine.

  106. I love Dr. Pepper but I have been realizing lately that I drink too much soda (up to 3 a day sometimes!) and my brother always told me how terrible it was and made me feel bad for drinking it…so 18 days ago I stopped drinking it, I have had lots of cravings and almost went and got one in the first week but I didn't do it! I was also worried because usually when I quit cold turkey I get a terrible headache but that didn't happen this time! 18 days and going strong, I've lost a couple of pounds, I have more energy, my sugar intake is way less and I've been working out more trying to get healthy! I plan on having one soda every now and then but I will not let myself to go back to having 3 a day!

  107. I gave up soda for months last year, I was doing great on a diet then summer came and the only really cold drink we had available at the time was Pepsi, ended up giving in and one drink turned into two etc. After a week, I wanted to give it up before I ruined anymore progress with my diet and found that when drinking water or sugar free squash I wasn't refreshed and barely felt like I was drinking anything because that 'fizz' wasn't there. I plan on giving the stuff up soon, once and for all!

  108. I started this challenge March 1, 2015. I admit I have a Diet Pepsi problem! I workout regularly, watch what I eat, and never smoke or drink alcohol. Yet, I still struggle in this area.

    1. I have an addiction to Wild Cherry Pepsi. I drink way too much of it. I did not realize how it can give you an increased waist size. It took about 3 years of drinking it to increase my waist size. Now I hate my waist size. Whenever I try to give up pop I get terrible migraines. I need this challenge it’s pretty sad my boys don’t drink as much pop as me. I am determined to quit drinking pop in a month or sooner. I hardly ever drink alcohol and no smoking. I hope this challenge and the advice help me quit. Thank you!

  109. I haven't had a Coke since January 1st, and the cravings are getting more and more spaced and weaker… It certainly feels great!! =D

  110. Okay, I'm taking this challenge. I had been drinking 1 liter of Diet Mt. Dew a day (sometimes more on the weekends). The last 2 weeks I cut that down. Cut down to 20 oz per day, and making sure those 20 oz were before noon each day. Today is my first day trying to go soda free!

    I'm struggling. I'm tired, I'm cranky, and I'm craving. Bad. Any suggestions?

  111. This is day two of my no soda challenge. I have a horrible caffeine addiction, to keep from getting chronic headaches I have had one cup of sweet tea other than that i have drank only water. My goal is weight loss and to break my dependency on soda.

  112. Tomorrow will be day 28 for me. it never occurred to me how much the restaurants actually push soda until I stopped drinking it. I was at taco bell last night and had to drink water because there were no healthy options.I also had to drink water at the olive garden because I don't drink alcohol and our server gave me a dirty look because I was only drinking water.

  113. I have recently been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, I know that caffiene doesn’t help with sleep patterns so will attempt to give it up, I only have 1-2 mostly 1 a day as I’m
    Not a thirsty person at all.

    1. Ervin, YAH!!! Congratulations. You can do it. I’ve been soda free for over 8 years and love it. Water is now my favorite drink. 🙂

  114. Hi, I am trying to give up Soda. my problem is that I don’t remember a day in my life of me not touching Coke – although I rarely drink more than a can a day. Anyway … I am also a smoker and I only smoke when I drink Coke, in the evening 2-3 cigarettes. So now..I have 2 addictions I am fighting against. wish me luck..I am in day 4 and having a very rough time.

    1. Ali, WOW…I’m proud of you for doing this challenge and including cigarettes. Keep this in mind, You are in charge and
      not the cigarettes or soda. You’re the boss! Create a mantra as you do the challenge and repeat often. Keep us posted! 🙂

  115. I cut soda out 2 weeks ago, without any problems surprisingly! I feel a lot better, mentally, physically. Im just waiting to see the pounds drop now…

  116. I drank 5 to 6 sodas a day. I am 4 weeks completely caffeine free. I also started jogging 4 weeks ago. 3 miles every morning. Currently I have lost 21 pounds. That’s incentive enough that I will never drink amother soda =)

  117. i quit smoking and drinking sodas 3 days ago…. i want my mt.dew more than a smoke… been drinking water and juice….now just water but instead losing weight or staying where i was i am now gaining weight. i don’t want that….i am doing a few other things to help with the weight loss but I’m also trying to have a baby and want my body in better health for the two of us…. i need support ,wisdom, strength, etc…..

    1. Congratulations on taking the first step, Rebecca! Try to think of this challenge as a gift to yourself, as opposed to something you feel you “should” do. Remember, you WANT to give yourself this gift because you deserve to feel good about what you put into your body, your health, and what you see in the mirror. 🙂

  118. I am in…..I drank red bull for breakfast and all day I drank 20 oz mt.dew till I went to bed for well over 10 years now. 3 days ago I stopped smoking and deceived to stop drinking sodas at the same time so I don’t gain weight. I want a soda more than a cig. so I like that my idea is working but I have started gaining weight…. I have been drinking water and fruit juices but now just water….. I also came up with other healthy ideas to help me because I’m trying to get pregnant and I want both of us to be healthy. I need help, support, strength, wisdom, etc….

  119. I’ve been drinking soda since childhood. To say it’s an addiction would be an understatement. I’ve lived off the stuff for twenty years. Rather than grabbing a water, I would grab a coke. Rather than drinking some juice, ID grab a pop. I always struggled with my weight. Over the past five years my waist band has exploded. I’ve decided it’s time to stop…

    I quit drinking soda three days ago. To help with the headaches I’ve been using crystal light energy- which has caffeine to keep the headaches away. It also helps avoid the plain taste of water…

    I work in a convinent store, so avoiding pop is incredibly hard. What else can I drink to keep my mind off the bubbles?

    1. Jessica, I would recommend making drinks that don’t have added sugar or artificial sweeteners. The possibilities are endless.
      You can find tons of great drink alternatives here.

      These drink recipes are some of my favorite. Make one of these and refrigerate before going to bed. Add the drink to a thermous and take to work.

  120. I have decided that I am going to try to go soda free. I know I drink way to much of it, and I want to start trying to lose some weight, so I figured this is a great way to begin. I am going to buy myself a water infuser bottle and also stock up on flavor seltzer (ones that are not artificially sweetened) I know this will be tough at first, but I think I can do it!!!!

  121. I was drinkin 6 cans of mountain dew a day i quit 4 days ago i feel the head aches comin but i know i can make it i just found this site after i started my challenge to lose 40lbs by my wedding next may with no soda or sugar an workin out i hope this works

    1. Congratulations on taking the first step and on the wedding! We’re happy that you’ve found us and have accepted the challenge. Please keep us posted on your progress! 🙂

  122. Just recently I went 5 weeks without drinking any soda. Unfortunately, I gave in to a craving one day and messed it all up? But I have taken on the challenge again and am 3 days without soda. wish me luck!!!

    1. Lindsay, I understand, it’s not easy but definitely doable. About 10 years ago, I typically drank 3 diet sodas daily. I gave it up “cold turkey” and haven’t had, or wanted, a soda for all those years. You can do this, I have total confidence in you! Keep us posted. 🙂

  123. I’m thinking about starting this challenge now lol, is it true that you can lose up to 20-30 pounds for not drinking pop for a month??

  124. I’m sooo taking this challenge.. But is it just me? Or soda really can make me skinny?? I know people say the opposite but I hv been trying to put some pounds on and it didn’t work and then I thought maybe it’s because i drink much soda the problem is it started when I was like 8 so now it’s time for me to figure this out!!

  125. I drink two cans of Pepsi everyday and I love it. However, I have a lot of stomach problems so I decided to try and quit drinking soda for 30 days. I love my Pepsi, but I want to try and be healthier. Today is my first day without a soda. I hope I can give it up. If so, I might permanently give it up.

      1. Day 18 without soda. I almost caved and had one today, but I didn’t. I thought it would get easier, but it seems to be getting harder.

        1. Kim, It will get easier, I promise. It took me the full 30 days before I stopped wanting a soda. Today, many years later, the thought of having a soda is nauesating.lol Water is my “go to” drink and I love it! 🙂

    1. Paige, WOW…congratulations!!! Lemon water is so much better. So excited for your next update. 🙂

      Also, you might want to try Coconut Water, with no added sweeteners. Delish!

  126. I also used to be addicted to soda. One alternative drink choice is carbonated flavored water. They have a black cherry carbonated water at Sam’s club and it tastes just like cherry coke.

    1. Carbonated waters can be an excellent alternative if you are choosing varieties that have no added sugars. Be sure to read labels carefully. It’s also important to note that the carbonation can lead to bloating, so if you are trying to reduce belly bulge, opt for less carbonated varieties, like Pellegrino.

  127. I recently found your site from a facebook group I’m in for Low Cal eating. My entire life, I’ve been addicted to Dr Pepper (From Texas, y’all). It got to the point where I was drinking a whole 2 liter in 20 minutes. I have cut myself off from Dr Pepper, which also cut down the bloating I got from drinking it due to the sugar. I’m on Diet Pepsi (I know, no better) and want to kick the habit. My parents are both Type 2 diabetics and I want to make sure I don’t go down that road as well.

    I will admit that I drink up to 6 cans a day, depending on mood and stress (I do IT for TJX Companies) and will start drinking less and less to get through this 30 day challenge for myself, and to get my husband off my back about how much I weigh (309 as of this morning woot!!)

    1. Rebecca, I’m so happy you’re going to take the challenge. Eliminating all soft drinks will make a big difference. Many years ago I was addicted to soft drinks and am now at my ideal weight and have been for 10 years. You can do this! 🙂 Keep us posted on your progress.

  128. I accept challenge!!!! Time to start feeling better and taking off this weight. I know i will have to stay focused. Because when it comes to coke im a sucker.

  129. I did 31 days without soda and then I drank one. Now I want it every day. It is so hard. I am once again giving up Pepsi. This time I hope to give it up once and for all. Wish me luck

    1. Throughout the almost 6 months I’ve lost about 7-8% bodyfat…5% in just the last 2 so yeah, not drinking soda was the best choice I’ve made

  130. I used to drink about 3 or 4 sodas a day and at the start of the year I decided to change that. I went from 3 to 4 down to 0 no problem. It’s been 5 1/2 months and I’ve only drank 2 but i had no choice due to there not being anything to drink. Anywho since January 2017 I started anything over 255 pounds and as of now I’ve lost 40+ pounds from dropping sodas. They might taste good but I’d rather just stick to water, wasn’t really hard to change my soda habbit. For anyone else trying it good luck

  131. I’ve been drinking soda since I was 4 yrs old. My mom always has it in the house. I’ve tried to tell her that we need to stop drinking it but she’s so stubborn. I tried to stop on my own but my headaches are so bad. I really need to cut soda from any life since I’m a mom now. I want to set a good example for my son. I’m gonna try this chlange.

  132. Hey, all! Good work for everyone who has done this challenge and I’m happy to see this thread is still live!

    My story: I’m a Married 22 male (will be 23 in September) I’m 5 foot 9 inches and weigh 155 – 160 I am more or less a Video game addict or maybe fanatic! So, whenever I have a gaming session I crave Mountain Dew. I’ve been hooked on Mountain Dew since I was 15 and I rarely drink any other soda pop. While I was in high school, I could easily have 2-4 cans a day. I would drink even more on Saturday and Sunday since I had more time to “play” during those days. In my opinion, I’m a little weird because I only drink soda while I’m playing video games. if I’m having dinner? it’s water. if I’m at work? it’s water. the gym? it’s water. out with friends? it’s water. hanging out at home or anywhere else? It’s water. You see what I mean?

    January of 2016 I weighed the most I ever had weighed at roughly 195 – 200 lbs and at that point in time I was having about 10 cans a week of soda a week, again only when I play video games. I decided that that was it and I wasn’t happy with how I looked or the number on my scale when I would check! My wife and I started a new years resolution, as everyone does, to go to the gym. We actually Succeeded and I lost 40+ pounds since I started 18 months ago. I drank soda throughout the whole workout process and cut my intake of soda from 10 cans a week back in 2016 to maybe 5 cans a week now. I Mostly intake on the weekends, again, since I have more free time to play video games during those days. Although I’ve been at my current weight of 155 for all of 2017 (plateau). I am still pretty happy with my results barring the little pudge of tummy that I have.

    I work out 3-5 times a week depending on my schedule for ~30 minutes each session. rotating through cardio and weight training. I dont have the time to really go much longer and sometimes i can fit a 6th session in if i am lucky. When I first started working out I was into eating healthy and everything protein! Calorie coutning etc. I found out buying supplements and protein what have yous’ are fairly expensive and I couldn’t afford that kind of life style, but I still sport the gym and I still do see progress in my weight training although it is slower.

    I’m not positive, but I have a hunch that I can not lose my tummy pudge and get any kind of core visuals because I drink soda, but after reading through this thread I’ve somewhat decided that maybe my intake is not what’s holding me back? I know sugar is not the best for you and probably gains belly fat the quickest, but I don’t drink 2 liters a day or 4-6 cans a day. at least, not anymore. We rarely eat junk food (no chips, cookies, or candy, ice cream, etc) and we don’t eat fast food either, maybe once a month if we are in a rush. We eat a LOT of homemade meals! My wife cooks well (thank god ;)! )

    This is, I guess a 2 part question, for the writer, or anyone else who may want to pitch in.

    I’m not necessarily opposed to giving up soda, but like I said above, I’m not entirely sure this is what’s holding me back anymore to gaining my ab goals after reading some of these comments?

    secondly, I don’t think I would be able to give up gaming while sipping on something sweet. Recently, I discovered a drink mix I really love called G Fuel, they have a ton of flavors, but I got started and hooked on the Lemonade flavor (you can google the company for more information) They advertise it as a healthy and clean alternative to energy drinks. It does have an energy complex, a focus complex, and an antioxidant complex. Along with some B and C vitamins. I’m basically looking for a water sweetener that would be a better alternative for Soda so i can kick soda altoghetherbut it still needs to be sweet and tasty. I know pretty much anything that gets mixed into water is probably better than soda itself, but we are all addicted to the caffeine of soda. So, I’m concerned that since this G-fuel drink contains caffeine (150 mg per 7 grams or one scoop), it’s not any better than drinking soda even though it seems like it.

    Any advice or opinions on this would be great and I appreciate the feedback! I need help losing my pudge and I feel a little stuck at the gym and i am thinking that soda/sugar is the reason that I am plateauing on my figure.

    tl;dr

    I’m a male and think I can’t lose my tummy pudge because I drink 5 cans of soda a week while I game. I found a new drink titled G-fuel. is it a better alternative to soda even though it contains an energy complex? Please take the time to research and see nutrition info of g fuel before you give your opinion, please!

    1. Cameron, So I took the time to look at the ingredients in G-Fuel drinks. It sounds better for you than Mountain Dew. However, (you knew there was going to be a however, lol) it’s the “Other Ingredients” and amount of caffeine that’s a concern. The content of Red Bull is 111 mg and G-Fuel has 125-150 mg. A scary amount of caffeine in one dose. Does your heart race after downing the G-Fuel? The “Other Ingredients” contain artificial coloring and refined sugar by other names.

      In order to reduce your tummy bulge (visceral fat), you’re going to have to do more than just reduce or eliminate soda and/or G-Fuel. Ask yourself, how important is it to have toned abs with muscle definition, minus the excess fat. If you are willing to cut back or eliminate unhealthy drinks, you’re on the road to great abs. It really boils down to what’s most important to you. I could list out numerous side effects of soda, but I’m sure you already know them.

      What about giving water with a twist a try? Here are some recommendations:
      https://skinnyms.com/5-simple-detox-water-recipes-boost-metabolism/
      https://skinnyms.com/watermelon-chiller-with-a-hint-of-mint/
      https://skinnyms.com/refreshing-pineapple-punch-recipe/ (naturally sweet and delicious)

      1. Thank you for the response Gale. I Will check out those recipes over this weekend!

        I was afraid the Caffeine content was a little high, but good to know. Some days that I take G-fuel I notice a heart rate increase, but it’s not every time. I’ll definitely use it sparingly. I guess it’s time to detox and hit the cardio a little harder!

  133. I have been a long time soda drinker I would drink 2-4 mellow yellows a day. I have now not drank even 1 in a week. I did have headaches for 2-3 days but I began to feel more energetic. I replaced soda with unsweetened tea and lemon. And water. I have also changed my diet also started exercise going 2-4 miles also day. Another bad habit I had was drinking I have also kicked that habit I’m on week 2 of my life change and I feel alot better. I do how ever have a question. I have stopped soda stopped drinking alcohol and changed my diet to under 1000 calories a day why haven’t I lost much weight

    1. Brandi, It’s impossible to say without being there. Weight loss depends on many variables, i.e. current weight, height, age, sex, etc..

  134. I’m working on my 5th day so far without a soft drink ….just drinking water and I feel great…I know its only been 5 days but I’m I’ve got more energy or its least feels like it…..Good luck to everyone

  135. So I stopped drinking soda on July 12th and now I’m on day 22! Iv realized Iv had less anxiety because I know caffeine doesn’t help. I have tried to quit drinking soda 5+ times in the past and it never worked but this time was different because I started to really notice I wasn’t happy with the way I looked. I’m currently 164lbs and my goal is to be in the 140lbs by the end of this month or before I go off to college and not drinking soda and eating healthier is going to get me there! Now let’s see if I can do another 22 days without soda!!

  136. Co worker challenged me I’ drank my last soda on Sunday night been free for 5 days and it is weird I didn’t have the headaches I was expwcting or the craving just been drinking a lot of water. I did cheat twice this week I had a small orange juice with breakfast on Tuesday and a small lemonade with my lunch catered in for work l but I did not touch soda itself.

    We have a break room thing at work with soda for sale like a mini mart so it was a quick scan so I drank 2 or 3 at work with lunch and a few more at night and dinner.

    Excited to see how much weight I drop

  137. I kicked my pop addiction earlier this year when I got a nasty cold. All I did was lay in bed for days and drink water. From the cold I had a runny nose, headache, body ache, etc. and it wouldn’t go away. After a week of having this cold I googled the symptoms of caffeine withdraw and found out it has many of these same side effects. I drank one pop and felt better in a few hours That confirmed for me that I probably got over my cold in a few days and that the last few days were the withdraw. From then on I made it a point to only drink at most 1 per day which was a drastic reduction from the 3,4,5 that I was drinking. I got to a point where I could drink 1 every other day without a headache and now I am to a point where I just drink a pop on occasion. I know longer have an addiction or dependency on it. Best part is that I replaced my beloved Pepsi with water and not some other addiction.

    My tip: next time you are already sick, ride it out a few extra days and get the withdraw out of the way. Worked for me.

  138. I’m addicted to soda I have too many in one day, today is my last day !!! tomorrow be a fresh day without any soda I will be replacing my soda with water I’m a little excited I hope I can stick to it..

  139. Hi i recently gave up a 6litre a day coca cola habit .. and the amount of migraines i have got is unbelievable but im on my 2nd week and its only feeling tired early in the night instead of going bed at 4am .. i currently drink all water mixed with fresh juices throughout the day but everyone keeps telling me that juice is just as bad even though all up its probably half a litre of juice a day mixed with 5 litres of water is this true?

  140. I quit drinking my Dr. Pepper last Weds, Jan 3rd. I did really well the first 3 days but this weekend was really hard. Don’t have a headache because I drink Earl Grey Tea (no milk or sugar) but crave the sugar I am sure. I have done this before for months at a time. Hope it gets easier this week!

  141. What can I use to drink to replace soda? I am allergic to a lot of fruits and vegetables.. I was thinking about flavored water like Nestle pure life splash.. I tried plain water but I like to have flavor in stuff I drink. I like apples and bananas and I tried smoothies with them but I can’t just drink them all the time. What can I do?

  142. So my soda addiction is terrible I literally drink probably 10 a day that’s all o drink is Dr Pepper I don’t drink water nothing at all! I’m going to try to stop completely how much weight could I loose?

  143. I am a huge pop drinker. Was drinking 6-8 cans per day. Only thing I drank, never drank water or juice etc. Today is day 6 for me with zero pop. I feel better, less bloated but not losing as much weight as I thought I would. I love chicken and veggies so that is all I have been eating and I previously had weight loss surgery so I don’t each much. My calories per day are under 1000 or close to 1000. Any idea why I am not losing much weight?

    1. Jennifer, There are many possible reasons the weight is not coming off. Here’s some things to consider:

      Are you exercising 5-6 days per week, and consistently? This includes cardio.
      Are you eating appropriate portion sizes?
      What does your diet consist of? The type of foods consumed do matter.
      Are you avoiding fried or breaded foods?
      How much bread are you eating on a daily basis?

  144. I wish there was a time stamp on these comments. Here it is January 20th 2017 at 1:44am i am on day 3-4 without soda of any kind! I do however find the taste of plain water repulsive still but i have switched to a stevia plant extract water enhancer and have been using very little amounts in my water “about half a serving in it for 16oz water bottle” so about 1/4th of what it requires and it is helping me bunches! I do plan to use less and less of the enhancer as time goes. Im about 3 weeks late on my new year new me but everyone has a starting point!

  145. Hi. I just came across this SkinnyMs. While I googled side effect from No caffeine?
    I too have decided to give up drinking Dr. Pepper’s!
    I am on day 4 with No Dr. Pepper’s!
    Its really ironic that there is actually a Challenge!!
    I think I’m on the right path to a healthier lifestyle for me!
    I’m concerned about my blood pressure so I have decided to go cold turkey!
    Definitely want to be part of this Challenge!
    Thanks so much!?

    1. Lisa, WELCOME!!! It’s the challenge that I created to end my own addition to soda, about 10 years ago. I’m free of that addition and today love my water more than any other drink. Please keep us posted on your success story. 🙂

  146. Hello guy’s
    I’m an addict of Pepsi and Coca-Cola
    I drink about 4-6 liter a day
    Today is my first day without touching it
    I’m so happy for all of you for doing this challenge
    And I’m hyped
    Wish me luck

  147. Hi, I quite drinking diet pepsi and diet coke last week – I was looking for motivation to keep on track and found this challenge…. I believe today is day 8!!! I’m very excited about improving my health and kicking this.

  148. I love drinking Big Red. I will accept this challenge and give sodas up for 30 days starting Monday July 16th .

  149. I have recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure. I’m 39 1/2 years old been feeling pretty crappy! My weight was also at 310 ilbs I was put on blood pressure medicine. I was a addicted my dew and Dr Pepper drinker I quit cold turkey 4 days ago I’m not sure if I’m going through withdrawals or if it’s my medicine messing with me but I did weigh myself today I’m down to 302 pounds! Not sure if that’s from the lack of soda or the diaretic my dr put me on. It’s seriously like I’m coming down from a crack addiction all I’ve been drinking is water.

  150. I’m in too. I love Coke and Mt. Dew…I know, horrible!! I stopped drinking pop today and told my husband I wasn’t keeping anymore in our house. If it’s in the house, I will drink it.

  151. Day 4 no soda! I’m down 3 lbs. I’ve had headaches every day all day. I went from drinking 4-6 dr. Peppers a day to 0 it’s super hard. Hope I can make it

  152. I cut out soda for the month of January (2019) and I still like soda but I dont drink it as much anymore. Soda just tastes weird when you cut it out. Especially Coca Cola and Pepsi. I drink mostly tea and water now. Maybe sprite like once a week but that’s all. It’s really hard at first, but you’ll get past it!

  153. I eat a fairly healthy diet but acquired the poor habit of drinking multiple diet sodas a day (easily 6-8 cans) in attempt to stave off hunger pangs. I have done this for close to 3-4 years now. I am a fairly lean female and go to the gym very regularly but I have noticed an increased tendency to hold stubborn fat around my lower abdominal region, when previously (prior to consuming so many diet drinks a day) it was never a problem. I stumbled across this page when attempting to find out more about diet soda and belly fat gain, and want to give this challenge a go so that I can kick this horrible costly habit, and hopefully lose that stubborn belly. Just wanted to share this! Thank you for this website. 🙂

  154. Today is day 88 of my own challenge of no soda. I will be at day 178 when I do my next stair climb in March. Do not intend to ever stop it.

  155. I am so in, reading everyone stories i see more and more of me. I have been scared to give up my Pepsi, for many reasons, but the main one is because of migraines. However after reading all the encouraging comments I am going to try. I think I will start by taking away a little away each day. So it may take be a little longer to get to the 30 days with no soda, but I am going to get there. Funny thing is my husband stop drinking soda last year, and he says he feels so much better.

    1. That’s great, Trafey! It may not be easy, but it will definitely be worth it! Good luck and be sure to let us know how it goes! 🙂 You’ve got this!

  156. I normally drink 6-10 Coca Cola’s a day. I don’t like the taste of water, yet I don’t like the lemon water or any other flavors either, but I am drinking the water. The hardest time I am having is when eating, taking medicine and at bed time. I am a 44 year old woman who has been drinking Coca Cola’s for over 25 years. I am on day 3 of no soda’s. I was jittery yesterday. Today a slight headache and irritability. I know it will get easier, but just like any addiction, if I want it I have to work for it. There’s only one place I get my strength and that is from Jesus. I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me.

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