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Dr. Oz 28-Day Soda Quitting Plan

Weigh In: Dr. Oz's 28-Day Soda Quitting Plan

When it comes to medical opinions, it's sometimes wise to get a second one. Case in point: An avid watcher of Dr. Oz, I recently came across his 28-day plan to help kick a serious soda habit. While his audience seemed excited by the plan, I'm not sure I'm buying his monthlong program.

  • Week one: Go from regular soda to a diet soda to get over the sugar craving. He encourages one to eat fish, eggs, and beans during this phase to help curb sugar cravings.
  • Week two: Go from diet soda to caffeine-free diet soda to rid your body of the caffeine fix. He suggests taking ibuprofen for headaches and snacking on foods rich in vitamin B.
  • Week three: Cut your soda intake in half. Instead of only drinking the caffeine-free diet sodas, drink a seltzer water combined with a small percentage (about 20 percent) of your favorite fruit juice.
  • Week four: No more sodas! Just chew sugar-free gum when you need a sweet treat.

Don't get me wrong . . . I'm all for quitting a soda habit, but I wonder if this is the best route. I rarely advocate artificial sweeteners, which is what most of the diet sodas have (hello, steps two and three!), and I wonder how easy it would actually be to give up the real deal for similar substitute items. If I were up for a no-soda challenge, I think I'd just go cold turkey and not mess with the aspartame. But hey, that's just me. What do you think about Dr. Oz's stop-the-soda-madness plan?

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Meredith-Eckels2472950 Meredith-Eckels2472950 3 years
I quit drinking soda 2 yrs ago. I would have 2 cokes a day thinking it would give me energy but it does just the opposite. Once I decided to lose weight and take care of me from the inside and out after my 4th pregnancy I had to break the soda habit. I started drinking Shakeology every day.. Totally kicked my soda craving to the curb. 45 lbs lighter, happier, healthier and in the best shape of my life at 40 yrs old... Paying it forward and coaching others on their health and fitness journey, it can be done your body will thank you for it.
Baliseth Baliseth 4 years
12 Sodas a day? That's a little excessive. Even at my worst when I was drinking nothing but soda, I was only drinking 4-5. I went from drinking soda to drinking tea. I tried to do cold turkey and got the most miserable caffeine headaches. Tea curbs the headaches, so I usually drink 1-2 glasses of tea a day, and water the rest of the time.
Red-High-Heels Red-High-Heels 6 years
I went cold turkey too, and replaced soda with sparkling water with a fresh piece of lime or lemon. It was hard at first, but it's been almost a year now since i gave up on soda; and whenever i have the occasional craving, i'll just have a little bit and willingly leave it since i feel like it's just toooooo sugary!
katialoves katialoves 6 years
pop is just a bunch of junk... sodium, dyes, sugar/sweetener. i am surprised that so many people have this habit it would be more expensive but how about an iced soy latte from starbucks? they are a bit sweet but not like pop
amber512 amber512 6 years
So no one should have aspartame because it gives YOU headaches? Obviously if something causes you an unwelcome symptom, don't have it. But not everyone has that!
MsWalton MsWalton 6 years
12 sodas a day!!!!! Oh my. I used to drink 1 soda a day 5 days a week. One day, I just stopped drinking sodas and drank water juice and Crystal Light instead. I was soda-free for about a month when I decided to drink a soda 2 weeks ago. It tasted SOOO nasty and I'm so proud of myself for kicking the habit *pats self on back.*
Asche Asche 6 years
I'm anti-aspartame as well, but come on--TWELVE sodas a day?! This seems like the only logical approach to quitting.
MelisB MelisB 6 years
This Ladies case was a case of excessive soda drinking...12 cans!!! The plan might be the best in her case. I personally think that quitting sod can be done cold turkey. I am also of the thought that one soda a week is not THAT bad...just sayin'.
100lbsandcountin 100lbsandcountin 6 years
My boyfriend just completed ths program and it worked! =) he was an ADDICT!
amber512 amber512 6 years
How funny, I have actually done the first three steps just on my own because I happen to think diet pop tastes better and the caffeine was keeping me awake. I went from two cans a day to one. And there is where I'm stuck. I just like that and don't feel any desire to change at the moment.
mandyo11 mandyo11 6 years
My guess is that she will end up getting hooked on diet soda. But who knows.
JanetG0307 JanetG0307 6 years
i went cold turkey sept 1, and i was probably at a 6 or 7 a day habit (cans, not bottles). i just stopped and drank water to get over it. best decision i made last month! good luck to the dr. oz girl
SaraNoH SaraNoH 6 years
I quite soda cold turkey (I mostly drank dark sodas) then after about 2 years, went to drink dark soda again.... it's disgusting to me now! The only soda I can really stomach is clear sodas, but I dont drink them often at all, and can't really finish a can. just stop drinking soda for awhile, and hopefully eventually you'll end up hating the taste.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I'm sort of a Diet Coke addict, but I'm basically doing the second-to-last step in the program to try and reduce my consumption. I don't think I really want to give it up entirely because it's my ONE treat that I allow myself. I seriously do not believe that artificial sweeteners are that bad for you, especially if you are only drinking a couple of cans of diet soda per day. I think the plan is pretty solid...he only has you drinking diet soda with artificial sweeteners for a couple of weeks. I'm fairly certain you won't die from consuming aspartame for two weeks. What I found interesting was that Dr. Roizen, who is Dr. Oz's right-hand man, is sort of a Diet Coke addict himself and was going to attempt the plan as well. Even doctors have health vices, I suppose.
theWB theWB 6 years
Great minds think alike! I blogged about this a few weeks ago here: Then Snack Girl reposted on her blog and her fans went ballistic (meaning they REAMED me). I guess some people love them their Dr. Oz and diet soda. But I think Dr. Oz needs to print a retraction!
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
I think that it is a sound plan given the amount of soda the gal is drinking. Twelve cans a day? Yikes! Certainly she will experience both both sugar and caffeine withdrawal. To do both at the same time could be very frustrating, and ultimately cause her to give up trying altogether. I say, whatever works!
foxymardy foxymardy 6 years
I sort of think it will work I guess, coz I used to drink soda a lot and while I was trying to lose weight I drank the diet stuff. Then I just stopped drinking and switched to icy cold water with a splash of 100% fruit juice or icy cold water eaten with icy cold fruits (I know its weird, but it worked for me whenever the weather is hot). I no longer crave soda, but I wasn't really addicted to it so much that I drank 12 a day. So maybe all the extra steps would work for an addict?
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