I just logged into MyFitnessPal.com on my laptop and the ad that popped up in the sidebar was for Coke Zero. I know that this is supposed to be Coke's lower calorie alternative which would make sense to a certain degree. HOWEVER! I am doing 2 things very differently this time during my weight loss / fitness journey.
1) Actively counting calories
2) Omission of "Diet" Soda. I will enjoy a nice "Regular" Towne Club Creme Soda about twice per week when calories permit.
I believe now that artificial sweeteners have some sort of negative effect on the body. I can't put my finger on it yet but there definitely aren't any positives that I can think of.