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Old 04-07-2012, 08:01 AM   #1
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Splenda & Water Retention. Who Knew?!?

So I've been losing at a pretty good pace so far. Two days ago I drank some of the 4c fruit punch made with splenda. And today I had my first bounce. I felt it coming as I knew I was retaining water. I'm pretty sure it's because of the splenda, as nothing else in my diet changed. (This is the first time I've had Any sort of artificial sweetener in a long time.) I googled it, and sure enough, there are others who say that splenda caused them to retain water as well. So between the massive migraine it caused, as well as the water retention, I'm outlawing splenda!
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:09 AM   #2
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I guess I don't get this. I mean, who cares about water weight? Its fat loss that matters, yeah? I figure most bodies will fluctuate 2-3 lbs every day with water fluctuations, but they don't really matter. The only thing that's affected is the number on the scale....not health, not clothing size, nothing. So if Splenda causes me to go up a half pound one day, I'm not fatter. Unless I'm in a wrestling competition or something...or am a jockey, lol.
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:40 AM   #3
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I think you are very smart to stop the artificial sweetners. It is difficult to do and I haven't quite mastered that yet . The proof is that when you tried it again it triggered a migraine for you. I commend you for not using them cause when we are watching every calorie that goes in our body it is sometimes easier to use them.
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:18 AM   #4
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Water weight does make a diff. in how my clothing fits. Any time I have sweets I retain water and my waistline is tighter until the water weight goes back down....which could be just a day but sometimes 2 or 3. If it's enough it also makes exercise 'uncomfortable'. Not sure how to describe it but anything high impact and I can just feel the excess water in my muscles. I try to stay away from art. sweeteners as much as possible though sometimes I'll find it's in something that I've been eating and didn't even realize it.
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:22 AM   #5
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I'm not sure if Splenda makes me retain water but I have noticed when I drink the Mio water mix in I tend to stall. I am trying to use less artificial sweetener but haven't been too successful. I alternate between Splenda, Sweet and Low and Stevia.

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Old 04-07-2012, 10:24 AM   #6
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Water weight HURTS. My ankles can swell so much they hurt to touch them. I can't wear my watch when I retain water because it cuts into my skin. On regular days it is loose and can slide around my arm.

Jupiter - You may have just discovered why I have been retaining water so badly. For some reason, I am not as swollen as usual and I joined the 21 day challenge to cut down on AS. This is my second day with no powdered Splenda. I did use a little Davinci SF syrup in my morning coffees. I will watch my water retention closely to see if it continues to get better as I use less and less Splenda.
Thanks for posting your results with Splenda and water retention. For some reason I never considered Splenda. I just knew it had to be a food I was eating and could not pin it down.
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:30 AM   #7
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Splenda gives me an instant headache too. Never noticed the water retention, but I avoid it as much as possible.

I discovered since JUDDDing that AS give me cravings and make me hungrier too.

Stevia and coconut sugar are my sweeteners of choice, depending on what I'm having them in.
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Old 04-07-2012, 11:05 AM   #8
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You know this makes alot of sense to me now! I dont normally drink pop, but I found a few cans of Diet Rite I put aside from my last round of LC. I thought, I would hate to waste it. So I drank a glass over ice the other day with supper. Next day I woke up, my rings were stuck on my fingers, my face and eye lids were swollen. I thought maybe it was just water bloat knowing that TOM was due soon. I only have a few cans of it so maybe I will just go ahead and toss it. I dont normally use splenda or splenda containing items, but my hubby got it for me cause it said no carbs on the package lol!!! I do love him!!!
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Old 04-07-2012, 03:28 PM   #9
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I know I've been stuck for a couple of weeks. But I use ez-sweets, very occasionally use s/f syrups and I love 4C drink mixes (rats! if that's it!).
I'm going to avoid all but stevia for a week and see how it goes.
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Old 01-09-2017, 07:46 AM   #10
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I cut out Sucralose and lost almost 10 lbs in under 3 days. I have been losing .6 lb a day on a intermittent fast diet. Several days long IF. But today was the first time I went under what I was on 14 dec. 8 meals ago. I was 3.5 lbs under what I was 25 days ago, but I should be closer to 15 lbs under. If I don't get another 10 lbs lost in a couple days, I'll bet its preventing weight loss, not just keeping me retaining water.

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Old 01-15-2017, 08:12 AM   #11
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I use Splenda (or sucralose) daily and have for well over 5 years. I have never noticed it to cause water retention for me.
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Old 01-15-2017, 03:42 PM   #12
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I did not lose weight on atkins shakes. I blamed the sucralose cos on one of the fora someone suggested it. But My current experience with it seems to be the opposite.
The Whey in it causes a huge insulin AUC and will protect the fat and not let you lose possibly.
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