They are food and diet industry propaganda that make and keep us fat and sick. WHAT THE FOOD AND DIET INDUSTRY DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW. Diet Soda and Diet Drinks Make You Fat and Cause Type 2 Diabetes. You might say that people who are overweight and just about to get diabetes drink more diet soda, but they scientifically controlled for body weight. The diet and food industry has brainwashed us to eat fat-free foods, which seems like common sense. This was the beginning of our obesity and diabetes epidemic. But the science has proven that eating fat doesn’t make you fat – SUGAR does. Their metabolism was slower than the group eating the higher fat and higher protein diet. Our taste buds have been hijacked by the food and diet industry. We are held hostage by the food industry and we blame ourselves. And sugar is the worst culprit. So we have to take back our taste buds, take back our brain chemistry, and take back our bodies from the food and diet industry. The food industry and diet industry push exercise.
On one hand, as we've reported, long-term studies suggest that some diet soda drinkers' efforts to lose weight are stymied when they compensate for the zero-calorie beverages by eating more food. Now a new study , funded by the American Beverage Association, suggests that diet drinks might be more effective than water alone in helping dieters shed pounds. The other group was told to consume a combination of zero-calorie drinks (for example, diet soda or artificially sweetened teas) and water. That was 4 pounds more than the average of 9 pounds lost by those in the water group. "We were kind of surprised by the findings that showed that diet beverages actually did a little better than water" in the outcome, John Peters , one of the study authors, tells The Salt. "We did see that people in the diet-soda wing of the study reported less hunger during the trial than those in the water group," says Peters. Peters tells me he's aware that people are questioning the results. And he's surprised by that reaction to the study so far: "I'm kind of amazed how much people are trying to find a reason not to believe these findings." "We responded to a [request for proposal] that was put out by the ABA to the scientific community" to study the effects of diet drinks, he says. But, Peters explains, he and the other researchers made an agreement with the industry group in advance that whatever the findings — positive or negative — the results would be submitted for publication. She points out that the paper does not include detailed information about what participants consumed in lieu of diet soda beyond the water they were told to drink.
A Purdue University study has found that diet sodas may be linked to a number of health problems from obesity to diabetes to heart disease, just like their more sugary counterparts. Study: Diet soda doesn't help you lose weight A Purdue University study has found that diet sodas may be linked to a number of health problems from obesity to diabetes to heart disease, just like their more sugary counterparts. Purdue study finds diet soda may be linked to health problems from obesity to diabetes to heart disease. Diet soda, it turns out, may not be the panacea for weight loss that we all thought. Some studies that were reviewed suggest diet soda may be just as bad as non-diet. Diet soda, it turns out, may not be the panacea for weight loss that we all thought — and many of us hoped — it was. In fact, a Purdue University study has found that diet sodas may be linked to a number of health problems from obesity to diabetes to heart disease, just like their more sugary counterparts. Susie Swithers , a professor of psychological sciences and a behavioral neuroscientist, reviewed a number of recent studies looking at whether drinking diet soft drinks over the long-term increases the likelihood that a person will overeat, gain weight and then develop other health problems. Surprisingly, some of the studies suggested diet soda may be just as bad for our health as non-diet. While research indicating that diet soda might not be a health food has been around a few decades, in the past 25 years, Americans' consumption of these drinks have skyrocketed, among a proliferation of options and concerns over obesity. They are a safe and an effective tool in weight loss and weight management, according to decades of scientific research and regulatory agencies around the globe." “(Low-calorie sweeteners) are a safe and an effective tool in weight loss and weight management, according to decades of scientific research and regulatory agencies around the globe.” But when a person drinks diet soda the payoff never arrives. Of course, diet sodas are not the only places that artificial sweeteners creep into our diets.
A lot of Americans today believe that by drinking the so called diet soda (low-calorie soda), they should be able to control their weight. But is that really the case? Now the giant of the soda industry has decided to push thing even further by publishing a study supporting the idea that diet soda can really help you lose weight. It is very important that we look at the sources of funding for this study supporting artificially-sweetened beverage. It is obvious that the results of this study are going to benefit these giants’ producers and bottlers of soft drinks. The best way to do that was to release a study supporting the idea that diet soda was a healthy choice. There are many other studies for which the results were not in favor of the diet soda. In this relatively recent study, it was shown that diet soda drinkers tend to suffer from the same health problems as those who would just go for the regular soda. They leave that responsibility to the manufacturers. It is not because you see the word “diet” written on it that you should think it is safe.
Diet Soda Doesn’t Help You Lose Weight. Sales of diet soda beverages is the only number on the decline. According to new research from Wells Fargo, low-calorie and zero-calorie soda sales slipped about 7% over the past year. The reason remains a mystery, but perhaps folks are realizing that the benefits of drinking diet soda are just not there. In the alternative, the body may go in the other direction, burning though the circulating sugar so that the incoming soda doesn’t leave you with too much. But since the soda has no sugar at all, you wind up with a net loss—which may lead to a craving for candy or some other high-sugar snack. The solution: it’s better to kick the soda habit and stick to water.
The Number of Pounds You Might Lose if You Stop Drinking Soda. Now check the list below to see what happens when you replace that soda with water. The Number of Pounds You Might Lose When You Eliminate Soda. If you replace your daily Double Gulp with water, you reduce your annual calorie intake by 209,875 calories or almost 60 pounds in a year. If you replace your daily Super Big Gulp with water, you reduce your annual calorie intake by 167,900 calories or almost 48 pounds per year. If you replace your daily Big Gulp with water, you reduce your annual calorie intake by 125,925 calories or 36 pounds per year. If you replace your daily Gulp with water, you reduce your annual calorie intake by 83,950 or calories or 24 pounds per year. If you replace your daily large Coca Cola at Mc Donald's, you reduce your annual calorie intake by 113,150 or calories or 32 pounds per year. If you replace your daily medium Coca Cola at Mc Donalds (16 oz), you reduce your annual calorie intake by 54,750 calories or just over 15 pounds per year. If you replace your daily 12 ounce can of Coke with water every day, you save 51,100 calories per year or about 15 pounds per year. So how do you kick the soda habit? Gradually increase your water intake and decrease the soda.
Diet soda better than water for weight loss, study says. A new study finds that people lost more weight while on diet drinks — such as soda and tea — compared to those who stuck to water. Diet soda might have a bad reputation, but a new study in Obesity is praising that and other diet beverages for their weight-loss benefits. The study found that people lose more weight on diet drinks than on water. The researchers found that those on diet beverages lost an average of 13 pounds — 44 percent more than those who drank water (they lost, on average, 9 pounds). "This study clearly demonstrates diet beverages can in fact help people lose weight, directly countering myths in recent years that suggest the opposite effect — weight gain," said James O. "In fact, those who drank diet beverages lost more weight and reported feeling significantly less hungry than those who drank water alone. "There's so much misinformation about diet beverages that isn't based on studies designed to test cause and effect, especially on the internet," said John C. "The results of our study show that if you are trying to shed some pounds and want to drink diet sodas, they will not affect your ability to lose weight," Peters told She Knows. Peters said that drinking water isn't bad for you; they just noted that people experienced more significant weight-loss results when drinking diet soda was a choice. "Neither one contributes calories to our diet, and there are no ingredients in diet beverages that trigger satiety," he said. Those may not be a preference for diet beverage drinkers, but he says they are the best bet.
So I don't have the feeling that a moderate amount of diet soda has held me back at all. If you have control to just drink a soda it's not going to ruin your diet, it didn't mine. It's the colas that leach the calcium) and a diet gingerale. I went from drinking regular soda to diet and FINALLY I've kicked the habit all together. The ones that did were on a very strict diet and I just wonder if they we drinking water instead, how much more they would have lost. I began drinking 5 cans of diet coke per day (at least) to help me with my cravings for the junk food that I should not have been eating. Only on the second day did I really want one.but I hung in there and it has been almost a month since I have had a single diet coke (no soda at all) and I have not had a single craving for the diet soda or junk food. I have done the same thing.cut out all diet soda and the cravings are GONE GONE GONE! He also said he had two patients that lost 30 pounds just by stopping the diet soda. Well I have studied that the diet soda tricks your brain into eating or desiring to eat more. If you dont fall for the trcik and just drink one a day and not all the bad foods on top of it, is it really that bad for you? I am on a diet soda binge lately and I do find that it affects my weight loss in a negative way. If you are really serious about maintaining your weight or losing weight in the future, you should think about substitutes for diet soda.
The Four-Day Diet A new study says you can lose 11 pounds in 4 days. While the science behind whether diet soda can help you shed pounds has been debatable, new research from the University of Colorado and Temple University found that people drinking diet soda lost an average of 13 pounds in 12 weeks—4 more pounds than those who drank just water. Before you go to Costco and get a 12-pack of diet pop, take a look at exactly how the study participants lost the weight. After 12 weeks, the diet soda gulpers lost an average of 13 pounds compared to an average of 9 pounds for the H 20 drinkers. Lastly, reductions in LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol were significantly greater in the diet soda group than in the water group. While diet soda may contribute to weight loss efforts, it won’t hydrate you the same way that water does, and hydration is essential for maximum athletic performance. Basically, the participants in the water group probably didn’t lose as much weight because they ate more sweets as a result of giving up their daily fix of diet soda for 12 weeks.
This is certainly what the soda industry wants you to believe. Launched another ad campaign , this time assuring you that diet beverages containing the artificial sweetener aspartame are a safe alternative to regular soda. Now, the soda industry has taken their propaganda to the next level by publishing a study that claims to confirm what the industry has been saying all along—that drinking diet soda will help you lose weight. Growing awareness of the health dangers associated with soda, both regular and diet, has pushed beverage sales into a freefall. If drinking diet soda interferes with this system, then over the long term you're taking something away that protects your cardiovascular health, and that could be what's contributing to these effects." Furthermore, with so much evidence weighing against the safety and effectiveness of diet soda, whether for weight loss or any other disease prevention, the featured industry-funded study really offers no scientifically relevant evidence at all that might shift the balance in diet soda's favor. Unfortunately for anyone who has fallen for the false advertising, diet soda actually tends to promote weight gain, and numerous studies that were NOT funded by industry attest to this. Here, researchers showed that saccharin and aspartame both cause greater weight gain than sugar, even when the total caloric intake remains similar. This report highlights the fact that diet soda drinkers suffer the same exact health problems as those who opt for regular soda, such as excessive weight gain, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke . The Growing Up Today Study, 30 which included more than 11,650 children aged 9-14, also found a positive association between diet soda consumption and weight gain in boys. Besides decimating the claim that diet soda is a useful diet aid, studies have also linked diet drinks and artificial sweeteners to a number of other, more serious health hazards, including increased risk of stroke and cancer. "This study suggests that diet soda is not an optimal substitute for sugar-sweetened beverages, and may be associated with a greater risk of stroke, myocardial infarction, or vascular death than regular soda." One lifetime feeding study published in 2010 34 found that aspartame induced cancers of the liver and lung in male mice. The most comprehensive and longest human study — spanning 22 years — that has ever looked at aspartame toxicity was published in 2012. Despite mounting evidence showing that artificial sweeteners as a group have adverse health effects, the FDA has just approved yet another artificial sweetener called Advantame, 38 , 39 derived from a combination of aspartame and vanillin.
It's zero calories and has the same great taste, so it MUST be the better alternative if you want to lose weight, right? The Truth: Not only is diet soda NOT helping you lose weight, it has countless negative effects on your health. I had no idea how harmful the artificial sweeteners and chemicals in my soda could be to my body until I did the research. Here’s what you DON’T know about diet soda and why it’s actually not helping you lose weight. Diet soda is loaded with artificial sweeteners and chemicals that can be harmful to your body. When we eat regular sugar, our bodies register the sweetness and come to understand that very sweet things contain a lot of calories. If you still want to drink diet soda, consider that the “no calorie” claim doesn’t actually mean “zero.” Although diet sodas with aspartame may be labeled as “calorie-free,” aspartame breaks down in the body into methanol and amino acids, which generate calories. I get antioxidants and vitamin C from the cranberry and pomegranate juice for just 30 calories — and no chemicals. The Bottom Line: Diet soda will not aid your weight-loss efforts and has several negative effects on your body. Ditch the diet sodas and find healthy fixes that really do help, not hurt, your efforts to meet your goals.
“Drink More Diet Soda, Gain More Weight?” asks one headline. “Diet Soda: Doorway to Weight Gain” shouts another. The sole exception was the Wikipedia entry for "diet soda," which also cited the weight gain concerns. If you believe what you read on the Internet, it’s clear that drinking diet sodas causes weight gain, right? Diet Soda, Weight Gain Evidence Scant. Popkin, who heads the division of nutrition epidemiology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, says none of the studies makes a convincing case that no-calorie sodas contribute to weight gain.
A: I believe they can, but the science is not decisive. The studies suggesting diet sodas, or anything containing sugar substitutes, can contribute to weight gain are based almost entirely on animal research. Sugar substitutes—saccharin, sucralose, aspartame, neotame, and acesulfame-K—unbundle the taste of sweetness from calories: The taste buds tell the brain that food is coming in, but the body doesn't get the energy it's expecting. This, apparently, undermines the ability of rats to judge how much they've consumed, and, over time, they begin to overeat and gain weight. If artificially sweetened sodas increase your cravings, the calories they take out of your diet are apt to sneak back in later when you, for instance, need a larger or sweeter dessert to feel satisfied.
First, they found that mice that drank water with the artificial sweeteners saccharin, aspartame, and sucralose developed glucose intolerance. Unsurprisingly, a group of mice fed just plain water didn't develop glucose intolerance, but neither did a group of mice fed water with regular sugar—strange, considering that high-sugar diets are at the root of many cases of type 2 diabetes . MORE: The 5 Best (and 5 Worst) Sweeteners to Have in Your Kitchen. Next, the researchers manipulated the mice's gut bacteria composition to determine the effects of artificial sugars on glucose intolerance. They found that if they killed off most of the bacteria in the mice's digestive tracts in the group given artificial sweeteners, the glucose intolerance went away. Analyzing the data from the Personalized Nutrition Project , they found a significant correlation between reported consumption of artificial sweeteners, gut bacteria configurations, and an inclination to developing glucose intolerance. After only a week of consuming artificial sweeteners, the participants started showing glucose intolerance, and gut bacteria composition had changed. Gerard Mullin, MD, author of the book The Good Gut Diet , knows that a happy gut is the key to metabolic health.
First, let's tackle the myth that a pound of muscle weighs more than a pound of fat. That said, muscle is denser than fat and takes up less room, so two women who weigh the same can look much different if one has a higher ratio of lean muscle mass to fat, says Valentour. Even though you burn calories and fat when you exercise, it's often not as much as you think—or what the readout on the treadmill tells you. Biologically, men are built with more lean muscle mass (the compact, tight muscles that keep metabolism humming) than women are—meaning his metabolism is working at a 5 to 10% higher rate (even if he's the same height and weight as you) when you're lying on the couch together. Just the act of chewing fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean cuts of meat can increase your calorie burn by up to 30%! The fiber and protein in such foods take so much effort to digest that your body doesn't absorb some of their calories. The Active Calorie Diet is a smart new plan from Prevention magazine that takes advantage of all the new knowledge about calories. A report published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that a MUFA-rich diet helped people lose small amounts of weight and body fat without changing their calorie intakes. Many people eat at night out of boredom or other emotions instead of hunger, and they wind up consuming more calories than they need for the day—calories that are then stored as fat. Also, people who eat at night may wake up without an appetite and skip breakfast, the meal that helps control calorie intake throughout the day. And if you sip water instead of sugary drinks, the calories you've saved will help shed pounds. What you're trying to do when you eat diet foods and drink diet soda is to cheat your body, says Ashley Koff, RD, resident dietitian on the new Lifetime show Love Handles: Couples in Crisis. And you might be getting weight loss results but no health benefits." She says many people eventually get frustrated that they became dependent on these products. More from Prevention: 14 Diet Foods That Make You Fat. Out-of-whack hormones and a slowing metabolism are a couple of the weight gain culprits.
Diet soda drinkers lose more weight than water drinkers, study says. But the main finding — that diet drinks don’t sabotage weight-loss efforts — isn’t that surprising. Researchers from the University of Colorado and Temple University's Center for Obesity Research and Education reported that people who consumed three or more diet drinks a week — not only soda but pre-mixed beverages with artificial sweeteners — as part of a structured weight-loss plan lost more weight over a three-month period compared to a group of dieters who drank only water. The study compared self-reported water intake with self-reported water and diet drink intake. The most unexpected observation was that the group consuming diet drinks lost nearly 30 percent more weight compared to the water-only group. About 20 percent of Americans consume diet drinks on any given day, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A January study from Johns Hopkins University found overweight and obese people who drink diet beverages tend to eat more than people who drink sugary beverages. Population-based studies have used databases to make possible associations between self-reported food intake and self-reported diet drink intake and body weight, finding that diet drinks can interfere with weight-loss efforts. Certainly, the new study is not definitive and has its limitations, such as its short duration of 12 weeks. Perhaps a follow-up study will look at diet beverage consumption and long-term weight loss and maintenance. When it comes to diet drinks, as with all foods and beverages, it’s about moderation.
How Diet Soda Makes You Fat (and Other Food and Diet Industry Secrets) They are food and diet industry propaganda that make and keep us fat and sick. What the Food and Diet Industry Doesn't Want You to Know. Diet Soda and Diet Drinks Make You Fat and Cause Type 2 Diabetes. You might say that people who are overweight and just about to get diabetes drink more diet soda, but they scientifically controlled for body weight. The diet and food industry has brainwashed us to eat fat-free foods, which seems like common sense. Their metabolism was slower than the group eating the higher fat and higher protein diet. Our taste buds have been hijacked by the food and diet industry. We are held hostage by the food industry and we blame ourselves. And sugar is the worst culprit. So we have to take back our taste buds, take back our brain chemistry, and take back our bodies from the food and diet industry. The food industry and diet industry push exercise.
Diet soda and weight loss: New study reignites debate. The results contradict a number of other recent studies that indicated drinking diet soda may actually cause a person to gain weight. The researchers found people in the diet soda group lost an average of 13 pounds over the 12-week time period, while those who didn't drink diet beverages only lost 9 pounds. This added up to 44 percent more weight loss among the diet soda drinkers than the control group. Additionally, 64 percent of the diet soda drinkers lost a minimum of 5 percent of their body weight, compared with only 43 percent of the people who didn't drink diet soda. The researchers also found people in the diet soda group reported feeling less hungry and showed improvements in serum levels of total cholesterol and low-density lipoproteins, or "bad" cholesterol.
7 Reasons That Will Get You to Quit Drinking Diet Soda. For a soda drinker, this argument effectively relegates diet soda to be framed as the “lesser of two evils.” Animal studies suggest that artificial sweeteners, like the ones found in diet sodas, may be addictive. A recent Gallup poll reported that 32% of diet soda consumers are overweight, compared to the 19% consuming diet soda that are at an average weight. It’s not nutrient dense: Since diet soda is full of artificial ingredients, filling up on the processed liquid can lead to deficiencies of various vitamins and minerals that play an important role in keeping your body healthy and functioning. Your bones could pay the price: Researchers have discovered that parathyroid hormone (PTH) concentrations rise strongly following diet soda consumption. The study concluded that this calcium loss may underlie the observed connection between soda drinking and low bone mineral density. National Institutes of Health report revealed that regular soda drinkers, particularly those who drink diet soda, are more likely to be diagnosed with depression. Water is instrumental in healthy organ function and naturally improves digestion to help break down food so that your body can absorb nutrients. It is recommended that the average adult drink eight glasses of water a day. Skip the sugar, whipped cream, and syrups – those add-ons can carry more teaspoons of sugar than a soda. As we continue to learn more about these processed foods and beverages, it may be time to empty the cup full of Diet Coke and fill it with some of these healthier alternatives that will help your path to optimal health.
What You Need to Know About Diet Soda and Weight Loss. Experts are split on whether diet soda can help you lose weight. You probably heard about a new study published in the journal Obesity, which says diet drinks can help people lose more weight than drinking plain water. But you’ve probably also read time and time again that diet soda drinkers are more likely to be obese. One group drank water, and the other downed diet soda. After 12 weeks, the diet soda drinkers lost 5.95 kg (about 13 pounds) compared to 4.09 kg (just under 9 pounds) for those who drank water. The study authors speculate that the water group may have lost less weight because they indulged their sweet cravings with foods that, unlike diet soda, contained calories—including yogurt, cookies, and ice cream. We’ve all heard about the dangers of excess sugar, and regular soda is the top source in the American diet. So if you’re trying to lose weight, I say stick with good old H 2 O; and if you have a sweet tooth, manage it in savvy ways that involve enjoying real, natural foods. Finding balance and eating in ways that make you feel nourished, energized, and well are the real keys to a healthy body and a healthy weight.
8 Things That Happen When You Finally Stop Drinking Diet Soda. Whatever the reason, eliminating diet soda from your diet will improve your health from head to toe. It turns out the headaches you expected from a diet soda withdrawal didn’t materialize. And a 2013 animal study found that rats that drank diet soda had damaged cells and nerve endings in the cerebellum—the part of the brain responsible for motor skills. It’s not your imagination: Without your usual diet soda chaser, you may find that food has more flavor. That’s because the artificial sweeteners in your diet soda overwhelmed your taste buds with an onslaught of sweetness. In fact, brain scans show that diet soda alters sweet receptors in the brain and prolongs sugar cravings rather than satisfies them. And, when they try diet soda again, they find it intolerably sweet.” While you may have started drinking diet soda to facilitate weight loss, quitting it may actually do the trick. A study in Diabetes Care found that drinking two-thirds of a diet soda before eating primed the pancreas to release a lot of the fat-storing hormone insulin. Now that your body no longer has to make sense of the unpronounceable ingredients in diet soda, your kidneys can get back to clearing toxins, stabilizing blood pressure, and absorbing minerals. One study looked at 11 years of data and found that women who drank 2 or more servings of diet soda doubled their chances of declining kidney function.
For a while now, scientists have been gathering compelling evidence that the artificial sweeteners found in diet soda and a slew of processed foods sometimes do the exact opposite of what they’re supposed to. In a new study published this week in Nature , researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, have found that a steady diet of artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose, and saccharin seems to alter gut bacteria in a way that causes blood-sugar levels to rise. Not only does the study appear to shed light on the vexing question of why artificial sweeteners might be doing us more harm than good, but it’s part of the next big frontier in medical science: the trillions of bacteria and other minuscule organisms that call our bodies home. While we don’t digest those sweeteners, they nevertheless come into contact with the legions of bacteria that live in our gut. When researchers used antibiotics to wipe out the gut bacteria of mice, it completely reversed the effects of the artificial sweeteners on the mice’s glucose metabolism. Likewise, when scientists took the gut bacteria from glucose-intolerant mice and transferred it to mice that had had their gut bacteria eradicated, the recipients became glucose intolerant. Analyzing the bacteria more closely, the scientists found “profound changes” in the bacterial populations, “including new microbial functions that are known to infer a propensity for obesity, diabetes, and complications of these problems in both mice and humans.” Researchers first examined a sample of 381 people, analyzing their blood-sugar levels and colonies of bacteria in their digestive tracts, and found that people who reported consuming higher quantities of artificial sweeteners were more likely to be glucose intolerant. Half began to develop glucose intolerance after just four days, and further analysis showed these participants possessed the kind of gut bacteria that appeared to cause glucose intolerance when exposed to artificial sweeteners. Because of the small sample size, “by no means are we prepared to make recommendations as to the use and dosage of artificial sweeteners based on the results of this study,” Segal told The Verge .
Overweight adults who drink diet soda also eat more, data show. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, overweight adults who drink diet soda are likely compensating (calorically speaking) by eating more food . They found that overweight or obese adults who drink diet soda typically have a higher BMI (Body Mass Index) and consume more snack food than those who drink non-diet soda or other sugary beverages. But if overweight adults hope to lose weight by drinking diet soda, they will also need to eat less, researchers concluded.
Let’s face it: No one drinks diet soda for the taste. People drink diet soda in the hopes that it will help them lose weight—or at least keep them from gaining it. Study subjects who drank two or more diet sodas a day had waist size increases that were six times greater than those of people who didn’t drink diet soda, said researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. “What we saw was that the more diet sodas a person drinks, the more weight they were likely to gain,” said epidemiologist Sharon Fowler of the University of Texas Health Science Center. No one knows for sure yet, but it could be that people think they can eat more if they drink diet soda, and so overcompensate for the missing calories. “Data from this and other prospective studies suggest that the promotion of diet sodas and artificial sweeteners as healthy alternatives may be ill-advised,” said study researcher Helen P.
Can Diet Soda Make You Gain Weight? Emily Senay reports, some experts are now saying diet soda may be doing the exact opposite: making them gain weight. "What we saw was that the more diet sodas a person drinks, the more weight they were likely to gain," she says. "When we would switch them on to diet soda off regular soda, we weren't seeing weight loss necessarily, and that was confusing to us," Rogers says. But why would diet soda make some people gain weight? And Tomczak says, "I'm drinking the diet soda and you know let me have that hamburger and fries, instead of just the hamburger alone." If diet soda really doesn't take the weight off, it wouldn't be the first time a diet product failed to perform as expected. "So we're wondering are we seeing a similar phenomenon with the diet soda." In the meantime, there are alternatives for people who are trying to lose weight.
Researchers from the University of Texas found that over the course of about a decade, diet soda drinkers had a 70% greater increase in waist circumference compared with non-drinkers. The correlation held true for both regular and diet drinks, but researchers were sure to note that the risk appeared to be greater for those who primarily drank diet sodas and fruit punches. It may be bad for your bones – Women over 60 are already at a greater risk for osteoporosis than men, and Tufts University researchers found that drinking soda, including diet soda, compounds the problem. Their study found that diet soda devotees were 43% more likely to have experienced a vascular event than those who drank none. But why was the diet soda group more successful? So while this study did not track calorie consumption, the group blocked from drinking diet sodas most likely ate (or drank) more calories over the course of the 12-week diet. Swithers authored a report last year that found that diet soda drinkers have the same health issues as those who drink regular soda. It found that people who drink diet soda may be "at increased risk of excessive weight gain, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease," according to the study. "It makes sense that it would have been harder for the water group to adhere to the overall diet than the (artificially-sweetened beverage) group," says Hill. In short, this study addresses the question of whether a regular diet soda drinker should attempt to kick his or her habit while also attempting to lose weight, not whether we should all drink more diet soda in order to lose weight. Kristi Norton, a regular diet soda drinker before the study began, was assigned to the group that required her to kick the habit. "And I can feel the difference now when I drink a diet drink, I can feel this 'heaviness'."
These results, which the study authors call “striking,” add to the growing body of evidence that no- and low-calorie sweeteners may come with health concerns. Sugar-free sodas contain substances that sweeten up soda at 200-600 times the sweetness of sugar. That, Hazuda says, can lead to weight gain and cravings for sweeter and sweeter treats. A recent study in mice showed that artificial sweeteners actually changed the gut bacteria of mice in ways that made them vulnerable to insulin resistance and glucose intolerance — both of which can lead to weight gain. And other mice research suggests that artificial sweeteners are associated with a drop in the appetite-regulating hormone leptin, Hazuda says. Leptin is the hormone that inhibits hunger. The Calorie Control Council, an association that represents the reduced-calorie food and beverage industry — including alternative sweeteners — disagreed with the study’s findings.
That doesn’t mean you can autmatically discount the study completely—maybe diet soda is more beneficial to your weight loss than water—but the reality is that the long-term effects of artificial sweeteners found in diet soda are still being explored when it comes to your weight loss. It could be that diet soda does help you lose weight slightly faster than only drinking water, however, the study authors couldn't pinpoint the exact reason why. They did note that diet soda drinkers had lower hunger scores than water drinkers in the study, but the bigger question may be whether it's as effective as water over time. “My fear is that this study will encourage people to avoid the real food choice—water—in favor of diet soda,” says Kirkpatrick.
Drinking diet beverages may help dieters lose weight, according to a new study, but experts say the findings should be interpreted with caution. In the study, researchers found that people in a 12-week weight-loss program who drank diet beverages , including diet sodas and diet teas, lost an average of 13 pounds. Because the study did not evaluate exactly what the participants consumed, and in what quantities, "it answers some questions, but raises a bunch of others, in terms of how it may work in terms of diet beverages versus water," Wylie-Rosett said. And although the researchers addressed the aspect of physical activity in the study, they did not include information about what exactly the people's diets included, she said. All participants were told to follow the same diet and physical activity plan; the only difference came in what they were assigned to drink, the researchers said. "I was surprised that diet beverages performed better than water," said study author John C. Previous research has suggested that drinking diet soda may increase a person's appetite for sweet foods, but the new study did not show this effect, the researchers wrote. One earlier study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, also showed that people who drank diet soda were more likely to lose 5 percent of their body weight than were people who drank water, the new study's authors wrote. "Certainly, as regards to the effect of diet beverages on weight and food intake, I think that bad rap is not deserved at all, and the science is just not there," Peters said.
Will drinking diet soda help me lose weight? Topics Wellness Weight Loss Dieting For Weight Loss Will drinking diet soda help me lose weight? Diet soda will not directly help you lose weight. Some studies show that drinking diet soda actually encourages you to crave sweets. Diet sodas are also addictiveand can be full of caffeine. Diet sodas may help you if you can drink one in place of a high caloric snack. If you are trying to lose weight, try to minimize all diet drinks! Diet drinkers also think they can eat more because they are “saving” on calories.
While drinking diet soda every day isn't exactly good for your health, the chances of it sabotaging your weight-loss efforts are slim. The common misconception regarding the role of diet soda and weight gain comes from a couple of studies that received a lot of media attention. Another study published in 2008 also found an association between diet soda consumption and metabolic syndrome. The interesting thing about this particular study was that drinking diet soda was linked to a higher risk for developing metabolic syndrome than drinking sugar-sweetened beverages. There are two primary schools of thought: The first is that diet soda alone does not cause weight gain , but it has more to do with the unhealthy habits of diet soda drinkers—the sum of which leads to weight gain. The second school of thought is that the artificial sweeteners in diet soda mess with your body's chemical processing, causing you to eat more and consequently gain weight. The stance I take with my clients trying to lose weight: If diet soda is going to be your one vice, that's fine. If you're doing everything else with your diet and exercise correctly, you will lose weight. Having the occasional diet soda won’t stop you from achieving your goals or the body you've always wanted.
First you have to be determined to lose weight. How do you know if your liver is congested? If you answered yes, your liver is congested. Do you have cold hands and feet? Are you constipated? If yes, you need to have your thyroid assessed. Are you stressed? If you are under stress, and you have high cortisol, your body is burning muscle. – Do you eat MSG? – Do you drink diet soda?
In this study 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 diet soda consumption was linked to increased belly fat in Americans over the age of 65. Obesity is associated with one in five deaths in the US and, as noted by the authors, for older individuals who are already at an increased risk for metabolic disorders, increased visceral fat will exacerbate that risk. "Overall, the Cancer Research UK study found that obese women have about a one in four risk of developing a weight-related cancer in their lifetime. Artificial Sweeteners Is Not the Answer if You're Seeking to Lose Weight. Research over the last 30 years—including several large scale prospective cohort studies—have shown that artificial sweeteners actually stimulate appetite and increase cravings for carbs. They also produce a variety of metabolic dysfunctions that promote fat storage and weight gain , 15 , 16 and many studies have directly associated artificial sweeteners with an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. Certain gut microbes have been linked to obesity, for example, and recent research 17 , 18 , 19 , 20 shows that artificial sweeteners raise your risk of obesity and diabetes by disrupting your intestinal microflora. Specifically, they found that artificial sweeteners cause decreased function in pathways associated with the transport of sugar in your body. Seven volunteers who did not use artificial sweeteners were then recruited, and asked to consume the equivalent of 10-12 single-dose packets of artificial sweeteners daily for one week. The evidence suggests that artificial sweeteners have likely played a role in actually worsening the obesity and diabetes epidemics since their emergence in our food supply. In addition to boosting weight gain and insulin resistance, artificial sweeteners can also be addictive.
Why Is Diet Soda Bad? I'm always surprised at how many people ask me if diet soda is really that bad for you. It messes with your skin: Studies have shown that a regular soda habit has been linked to accelerated aging . It alters your mood: The aspartame found in diet soda has been linked to headaches, dizzy spells, and even mood swings. It increases your risk of heart attack: One University of Miami study found that folks who drank diet soda every day were 44 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack than those who abstained from drinking soda.
Weight Loss Success: Kim Konkel Stopped Drinking Soda And Lost 98 Pounds. I would play outside and ride bikes and go swimming, but that was about it. And that was only during the summer. Since we live in Wisconsin, playing outside in winter is possible, but only when it's not super-cold, and usually that is just to go sledding. In the article he was talking about how to lose weight and he said cutting out just 100 calories a day could result in dropping 10 pounds in a year . I had been diagnosed with cervical cancer in December 2010, and I figured the healthier my body was the more likely I was to beat the cancer. I did the math and realized by stopping drinking soda I could easily cut out over 700 calories a day, just that easily. Now, at night when I wake up, I have some guacamole and some tortilla chips and that satisfies me for the next four times I wake up, so I don't eat anything else. I'm not saying that I don't ever eat some less healthy food every now and then, but it's just that - occasionally, and just a little bit. That is when I started doing aerobics, and lost 38 pounds from November to December. The last two pounds I just lost recently, after being at the same weight since December. Did you have your stomach stapled or lap band surgery?" I told him neither, I just started eating healthy and working out, and the weight started to fall off. He and I went back through my chart and discovered that I weigh less now than I did when I was 10 years old!
Overweight Risk Soars 41% With Each Daily Can of Diet Soft Drink. "There was a 41% increase in risk of being overweight for every can or bottle of diet soft drink a person consumes each day," Fowler says. 26% for up to 1/2 can each day. 30.4% for 1/2 to one can each day. 32.8% for 1 to 2 cans each day. 47.2% for more than 2 cans each day. 36.5% for up to 1/2 can each day. 37.5% for 1/2 to one can each day. 54.5% for 1 to 2 cans each day. 57.1% for more than 2 cans each day. For each can of diet soft drink consumed each day, a person's risk of obesity went up 41%.