No Weight Loss Since Christmas

By JoleneAL Latest Reply 2015-03-20 11:43:33 -0500
Started 2015-03-06 08:18:26 -0600

I have been trying to lose weight since after Christmas. I gave up processed sugar and real sugar. At first, I lost 4 pounds on giving up sugar alone. Since then, I've not lost anything.


I went to a weight loss doctor and still nothing.

Last week, I started a food diary and bought a FitBit for walking.

I am doing my best to finish off a case of diet sodas and then I'm done. Those things have been what was jerking my BS levels so high at times.

Now I'm being told Splenda is probably the culprit in no weight loss. Stevia is like using air for me and money down the drain.

Has anyone else found Splenda to be a deterrent to weight loss?

Thanks in advance!

21 replies

JoleneAL 2015-03-20 11:43:33 -0500 Report

Update: weigh in day … And five pounds has LEFT THE BUILDING!!!!

Happy doesn't cover it. As least I know it can be done. Woohoo!

Type1Lou 2015-03-07 16:55:38 -0600 Report

Nope. I find Splenda works as a sweetener for me. What helped me to lose weight was to cut back on the carbohydrates…not just the sugars. How many carbs are you allowing yourself per day?

lilleyheidi 2015-03-07 00:42:37 -0600 Report

I had hit a plateau after the holidays for quite a while and people here suggested I increase my calories for a while which I did, and it worked for me. I know that sounds counter productive, but it knocked my metabolism into gear and got me losing weight again, you might try adding a few extra calories to your diet, just a suggestion? Good luck.

MarkS 2015-03-06 13:24:40 -0600 Report

I've had a similar experience - lost 5 pounds almost immediately and now its a slow burn! I've given up on artificial sweeteners, learning to do without, including diet sodas. Flavored, unsweetened tea has helped. When I do want to use a sweetener I've been using agave syrup which is very kind to my blood sugar. Also, this weather is not helpful since I've done more hibernating than physical activity.

jayabee52 2015-03-06 12:24:49 -0600 Report

I am sorry Jolene to hear that you have hit a plateau with your weight.

Please be kind to yourself and eventually the scale's needle will be trending downward.


GabbyPA 2015-03-06 10:03:10 -0600 Report

Read Sweet Misery and/or watch Sweet Deception....those will change your ideas of artificial sweeteners. It also explains why people who consume artificial sweeteners tend to crave carbs. Artificial sweet confuses our bodies, makes it expect the calories for energy to come with that taste and it doesn't. It's a crazy cycle.

Diet soda is not in my daily diet any more. I do keep a case on hand, because sometimes I just crave the bubbles and seltzer water doesn't do it. But I used to drink 3-4 diet sodas a day. When I stopped, I felt so much better.

I do use Truvia and it's getting in trouble now, but it works for me so far. I also use blends that are half sugar and half pure stevia. I like those for baking.

However, the best thing to do is go without any sweet. Get your body used to the sweet of natural foods like fruits and vegetables and you will find that it goes much better. Now, when I taste things that are sweets, they almost make my teeth hurt. I only put sweet in my coffee and only drink coffee in the winter, so I am over that bump now. All of my daily beverages are not sweetened and that helps me a lot.

JoleneAL 2015-03-06 12:38:41 -0600 Report

That's why I gave up diet sodas, and even now they are too sweet. I love coffee and that is the only thing I do sweeten. Since I don't bake, I don't have to worry about that. I don't have a thyroid and my levels are in line, so I have no clue why removing all this junk doesn't help shift the weight OFF! (grumbling)

GabbyPA 2015-03-06 12:51:13 -0600 Report

Have you tried doing some additional exercise? I know that gets me going most times.

Pegsy 2015-03-06 17:27:20 -0600 Report

I really recommend some resistance training. This is how I lost so much weight. More muscle on your body burns more calories all day long, even while you are asleep. Be aware though, that when you first start you may gain weight before you start losing. Muscle weighs more than fat. You need to build the muscle on your body first and then it will burn the fat. So, don't fear gaining a couple of pounds in the first month.

jayabee52 2015-03-06 12:05:07 -0600 Report

Gabby, how is Truvia "getting in trouble now"?

haoleboy 2015-03-06 12:34:15 -0600 Report

perhaps because they misled people into thinking it is Stevia when in fact there is no Stevia in the product?

GabbyPA 2015-03-06 12:50:50 -0600 Report

That is what I have heard. It is in the ingredients, so I don't know how I feel about it all. I am just waiting to see.

haoleboy 2015-03-06 13:46:55 -0600 Report

they settled a lawsuit for 6.1 million for false advertising at the end of 2014
Truvia ingredients:
Erythritol a sugar alcohol
Rebiana a derivative of the stevia plant (less than 1/2 of 1% of Truvia is this molecule of the stevia plant)
"Natural Flavors" what ever those are

GabbyPA 2015-03-07 08:03:22 -0600 Report

Here is my gripe.

Purvia has Dextrose listed as the first ingredient, then Reb A (stevia Extract)

The Pure Stevia Extract I buy lists Rice Maltodextrin first then Stevia Extract (Stevia rebaudiana)

They all have to use the extract of it, because the rest is roughage. Stevia in it's natural state is green, not white. It also doesn't dissolve, it has to steep. I have grown my own, and this is how it is when I dry it and then turn it into powder.

So to be honest, unless you are using the leaves from your plant, it's not natural, it's processed. Even a tincture or liquid stevia is processed somehow to make it deliverable.

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Jibber Jabber 2015-03-06 08:35:36 -0600 Report

I have slowly been switching over to stevia…pure stevia not the stevia products…reading way too many negative things about splenda that have absolutely nothing to do with if they are "safe for consumption"…right now I am about half stevia half splenda and YES I do notice a difference in my weight loss during weeks where I consume baked goods and in turn more coffee (because what good is a cookie without coffee)…I can only imagine that it is because of the higher than normal splenda intakes those weeks…I would probably just go full on stevia now..but I want to finish the splenda I have in the house..

JoleneAL 2015-03-06 09:15:54 -0600 Report

I don't know what I'm going to do. I have cut my Splenda use in half, but like I said, Stevia does nothing for me, it has no taste at all.

I'm giving the weight doctor one more month, then I'm stopping. I love the B12 vitamin shots, but its too expensive.

Pegsy 2015-03-06 17:33:40 -0600 Report

I use Stevia and I have found that its taste varies widely by it's form and brand. I don't care for any form of liquid Stevia. It almost tastes bitter to me. I use Stevia in the Raw for baking and I use Wholesome Sweeteners organic Stevia in beverages and yogurt, etc. It comes in individual packets. I use a full packet to sweeten hot cocoa or coffee. I use half a packet to sweeten tea.

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