Hi, my name is Charles and I have a problem...
I have an addiction to diet soda. I would drink it liters at a time from waking up to going to sleep. I couldn't imagine a meal without it. It was a habit that I didn't believe I could kick, but things change.
Last December, I gave it up cold turkey and haven't been drinking it since (with a minor exception for an alcoholic drink mixer on occasion, because I can't stand the regular soda). I stopped drinking diet soda and replaced it with drinking water and a 50/50 mix of 100% fruit juice and seltzer. I noticed the changes quite quickly. I felt much better overall. I had more energy. As a big surprise, I didn't feel as hungry. There was definitely something in diet soda that made me eat more. It is now much easier to regulate my hunger and eat at a more regular pace. In addition, I sleep much better now without all the caffeine.
I'm not going to delve into the science of why it's bad. There are many different studies that have identified significant issues with drinking this stuff. The bottom line is it's real bad stuff and I'm glad I don't drink it anymore.
I've learned that commercially produced "diet food" is perhaps the worst thing you can eat for a healthy life style. Most of the time it's filled with horrible additives, which confuse your body and cause you to eat more. If you're looking to lose weight, I recommend eating "real" food that is healthy, limit your portions and getting more activity.