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!