I quit drinking regular soda in April of 2010. I lost 30 lbs by April of 2011. I stopped drinking soda because my doctor told me it was going to shut my kidneys down. I quit cold turkey. I traded the soda for the yummy goodness of concord graper juice and water, and within 6 weeks I was only drinking water. In June of 2011 I quit smoking cigarettes, cause I thought, if I can quit 1 thing I can quit 2 things. But I gained 20 lbs in months from quitting the cigarettes! I couldn't stop eating, I traded the nicotine craving for the dairy & chocolate craving. I started smoking again and lost 15 lbs. I'm going to try to quit smoking again this spring, I hope I can't quit without packing on the pounds. I still haven't had a sip of soda since. If I crave it (twice yearly, it seems) I smell, -rather huff it instead of actually tasting it, since all the other people I know I drink soda. But the really good news is that since I've started drinking water, several family members have traded at least one soda per day to a 16oz bottle of water. And I urge anyone reading this to pay attention to their lower belly & lower back the next time they drink soda... if you feel any discomfort during or within 45mins of ingesting the soda... Stop Drinking Soda! Your Kidneys Can't Take It Anymore!