Diet soda and
Is there a link between diet soda and weight gain? Many overweight
people constantly drink diet sodas. Some normal weight people consume
diet drinks to avoid
unhealthy quantities of sugar or high frustose corn syrup. Today 59
percent of Americans drink diet soda, and weight loss success is more
elusive than ever. How can this be?
Only one can a day.........
A 2005 study from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San
Antonio might make you toss those diet sodas for good. Researchers
studied the soda-drinking habits of 1500 people
over eight years. They found that for each daily bottle or can of diet
soda people drank, their risk of being overweight
increased by 41 percent.
The lead researcher, Sharon P. Fowler, MPH suggested a reason for the
correlation between diet soda and weight gain. When we drink
something that tastes
sweet, our bodies prepare to process the carbohydrate calories. When
the calories do not appear in our digestive
tract, our body goes searching for them.
Abdominal obesity and metabolic
Researchers from the famous Framingham Heart Study published a
different study on 9000
people. They found that soda drinkers had a 48 percent higher risk of
metabolic syndrome than those who did not drink
sodas. Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that are linked
with heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
major metabolic syndrome factors are:
The study found drinking sodas correlated with
both risk factors. Regular
sodas and diet sodas were equally
linked with metabolic syndrome.
- Abdominal obesity
- A faulty insulin
These studies alone don't prove that diet sodas cause weight gain. It
is possible that diet sodas are just a marker for obesity. Maybe as
people gain more weight, they tend to drink more
diet sodas. However, several other studies do show that diet
sodas stimulate appetite.
Optimal Weight for Life
In 2009, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
published an article entitled "Artificially Sweetened Beverages Cause
for Concern". The author was David S. Ludwig,MD,PhD. He
is the Founding Director of the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) clinic at
Childrens' Hospital in Boston.
three main points:
- Artificial sweeteners "confuse" the systems in
our bodies that regulate hunger, satiety, and weight.
- Our taste buds adapt to the intense sweetness
of artificial sweeteners. Normal healthy foods like fruit, vegetables,
whole grains taste bland. We have less interest in eating them.
- We don't know the long term effects of using
large amounts of artificial sweeteners. We are sending
weird synthetic compounds down ancient biological pathways. This could
cause other health problems.
The best weight loss beverage
Have you ever ordered a high fat, high calorie meal with a diet soda on
the side? We see people do this all the time. Maybe drinking a
no-calorie beverage seems like a way to keep the
calories down a bit. But what is the point, if it also increases your
hunger and makes you overeat?
Read the label on a can of diet soda and you will realize it is not
a real food. The toxic, acid-forming ingredients can only promote
disease, not health. To lose weight and improve your health at the
same time, follow
our vegan weight loss plan carefully. Drink water, not diet
sodas and not liquid calories. You will get great results.