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  • Could my stevia sweetened tea be hampering my weight loss efforts?

    I make a gallon of tea using 2 decaf green tea bags and 3 superfruit (lipton) green tea bags (the superfruit varies, but it's usually either mangosteen/peach or acai/dragonfruit flavor). I sweeten it with 1.5 - 1.75 teaspoons of liquid stevia.

    I probably drink about 1/3 - 1/2 gallon of this per day.

    I'm curious if the stevia (or anything in the tea) could be hampering weight loss. I can't see that it is...it's probably something else I'm eating, but I thought I'd throw the question out there.

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    I don't use it. I have heard (a few) people say that giving it up started their weight loss back up again. Why not try for a day or two?

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    • #3
      Preliminary evidence might suggest that stevia IMPROVES insulin sensitivity which should help weightloss efforts if anything:

      https://www.thieme-connect.com/ejour.../s-2005-870528

      The only caveat I give is, stevia still has a rather sweet taste to it (duh, it's why people use it) so if you're truly trying to kick your sweet tooth then stevia may not actually be helpful to that cause. I see it as perfectly healthy though.
      "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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      • #4
        I use about the same amount every day and it's the only thing that's able to keep me from cheating when I'm craving processed foods. If drinking the tea is helping you to eat less throughout the day, then have at it.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by PrimalStudent View Post
          I use about the same amount every day and it's the only thing that's able to keep me from cheating when I'm craving processed foods. If drinking the tea is helping you to eat less throughout the day, then have at it.
          I can almost guarantee it's not the Stevia.
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          • #6
            How bad is your weight problem, if not major, then don't stress on it, focus on nutrition.
            Stevia seems to be fine, but it's not my thing, I've never been into substitutes even before going primal.
            My sween tooth has gradually been getting more sensitive and I need less and less sugar.
            "There are no short cuts to enlightenment, the journey is the destination, you have to walk this path alone"

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            • #7
              If it doesn't have any calories, it isn't hampering your weight loss.

              Some stevia is packed in actual sugar. If it's liquid extract, it's probably calorie free.
              Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.

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              • #8
                I've lost about 50 pounds over the past year eating a primal diet (and I love it). I have about 75 pounds more that I'd like to get rid of.

                I think I'm just frustrated. I have not been able to exercise in almost 3 weeks due to injury, and before that I couldn't exercise for 3 months, also due to injury. But if exercise is supposed to be only 20% of the fat loss, clearly I'm going wrong somewhere in my eating. So I'm looking at all the things I eat to figure out what it is.

                I wonder if I'm eating too much bacon. My carbs are 50-75/day, but I don't really limit fat. I eat until I'm full, then stop. I've been trying to eat more veggies to vary my diet, but I can't imagine the veggies are causing this either. Maybe I need to eat less fat or protein.

                Frustrated and confused. I need to go read the Primal Blueprint again.

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                • #9
                  I suggest you start tracking your calories.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by eKatherine View Post
                    I suggest you start tracking your calories.
                    Which confuses me even more. I thought one of the ideas of listening to ones body is that calorie counting, and the idea of calories in/calories out, became obsolete. How does counting calories fit into Primal living? I know there's something in the book about counting calories if you want to, and some loose guidelines...is that where the calorie number comes from?

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                    • #11
                      Overeating can cause weight stall or gain. Being primal does not make you immune to that. Track for a few days without changing what you eat to see where you are.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by eKatherine View Post
                        Overeating can cause weight stall or gain. Being primal does not make you immune to that. Track for a few days without changing what you eat to see where you are.
                        No, I know. I've been on so many "diets" that calorie counting makes me wary. But I do understand what you are saying. I will track it all and see where I land. Thanks!

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                        • #13
                          fwiw I lost 75lb while consuming a grotesque amount of every artificial sweetener (much less so now).

                          My generic stall advice is to rank your foods for "essentialness". For me that means coconut, eggs, seafood, tubers, dark greens, and other VitC/potassium plants on top--and things like yogurt, rice, nuts, and cured meat further down. When I gain weight I ease up on the bottom of the list for a while, using the theory that appetite is governed by overall nutrient status.
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                          • #14
                            I have been using stevia daily for 10 years now... Hasn't affected me at all... ONLY made my every so often sweet tooth very happy. lol

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by jodeyh View Post
                              Which confuses me even more. I thought one of the ideas of listening to ones body is that calorie counting, and the idea of calories in/calories out, became obsolete. How does counting calories fit into Primal living? I know there's something in the book about counting calories if you want to, and some loose guidelines...is that where the calorie number comes from?
                              It only works if your satiety cues aren't broken. Some people have trouble with this and overeat, whereas some undereat. It works only in an ideal person.
                              F 28/5'4/100 lbs

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