Will Diet Soda Make You Gain Weight?

Will Diet Soda Make You Gain Weight?Will diet soda make you gain weight? Two new studies answer “Yes!” What you thought was a harmless “sweet fix” may be sabotaging your weight loss efforts, and harming your health in other ways too. Watch this short video (4:12) from ABC News. [photo by vjeran2001 via sxc.hu – altered by LouiseM]

Will Diet Soda Make You Gain Weight?

(from the video) There have been studies suggesting, among humans, that consumption of diet sodas laden with artificial sweeteners actually increased the risk of weight gain and health problems. As little as one can of diet soda a day increased the risk of health problems: metabolic syndrome, pre-heart disease, and weight gain by 30-40%.
There’s something about diet foods that changes your metabolism, changes your brain chemistry. It’s much more than just counting calories. The sweet taste followed by no calories changes or confuses our brain and our metabolism.
There have been two large studies recently. Over 18,000 people followed from 5-9 years, where they found that healthy adults consuming as little as one diet drink a day could increase the risk of metabolic syndrome, pre-heart disease, and weight gain by 30-40% or more.
If you’re consuming a drink or more a day, you really have to think about eliminating it. You’re probably the very person who needs to change the health behaviors to prevent the diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. If you’re just taking it once in a while – fine.

Other studies have found that aspartame worsens insulin sensitivity, and raises insulin levels as high as sugar, proving that it’s not a good sugar substitute for diabetics.

I hope you’ll think twice before reaching for a diet soda – it may make you gain weight!

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About Louise Myers

Louise Myers discovered the benefits of the no-grain diet years ago with Dr. Mercola's book of the same name. Over the years, the diet name has changed from Protein Metabolic Type to Atkins Diet, Low Carb Diet, and now Caveman or Paleo Diet - but the benefits have remained. She hopes to pique your interest so you'll try it too! Check out her main site LouiseM.com for valuable tips on social media and graphics.

5 thoughts on “Will Diet Soda Make You Gain Weight?

  1. Thanks Lulu.

    Until this past year, I never really gave credence to the possbility that diet soda interfered with weight lose. Among a few other things, I have not had a diet soda since December of last year and was able to drop 10% of my weight in about 4 months. I am a true believer. The problem is convincing others who are interested in weight loss to stop. Another part of the issue is the caffeine buzz.

    • Way to go Martina! I’m so glad that you found eliminating diet soda helpful. It’s true, as they said in the video, many people are essentially addicted, and they’re the ones who really need to stop.

      All we can do is keep spreading the word – more folks are coming around! Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

  2. Hey Lulu Nograiner,
    Thanks, on a related note, If i am dieting and have reduced my daily calorie intake and have also switched to diet soda, will it still cause me to gain weight even if i dont change my daily intake? Because i know that people who diet and drink diet soda often eat more calories because they think that since they arent drinking them, they can eat more. ie: drinking a diet soda w/a burger AND fries, instead of regular soda w/just a burger.

    • Hey JR,
      As the video says, it’s not about calories. But I’m not able to make any specific predictions about your personal weight gain. Good luck!

  3. In a recent search of a popular Web browser, 49 of the first 50 hits were for stories warning diet soda drinkers that the beverages might make them pack on the pounds. The sole exception was the Wikipedia entry for “diet soda,” which also cited the weight gain concerns.

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