DIET SODA & FAT LOSS

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When you’re losing weight and are spent for calories, anything that says ‘zero calories’ can be a life savior. Diet sodas have been gaining popularity as a calorie free drink that may help with weight loss. However, there is another school of thought- diet soda slows down your metabolism and leads to weight gain. So, what’s the truth? Diet sodas have zero calories because they’re sweetened with artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose or the likes. First things first, it is a myth that artificial sweeteners slow down your metabolism or promote fat storage. There are no direct causative studies to support the claim. Then why is diet soda linked to weight gain? Suppose X is struggling with obesity and is beginning his weight loss journey. X is new to this and is simply cutting calories by estimation. He discovers diet soda and consumes it thinking it has zero calories. Because he thinks he has had lesser calories, he consumes an extra cookie or two at night. Ever been to a restaurant and heard someone order “2 Burgers, 3 large fries, 1 chicken nugget. Oh, and a DIET SODA”. Really now? Diet soda doesn’t lead to fat gain, eating extra calories does. And who loves extra calories? Well, all of us really but more specifically people who are feeling restrictive in their diets and want to lose weight. Diet Soda won’t cause weight gain. But thinking that you had diet coke, so you are allowed to have excess calories will ! Don’t diss the diet soda, change the mindset. Having it once in a while will do you no harm. Tell us Diet Soda: Yay or Nay? References 1. Maersk M, et al. Sucrose-sweetened beverages increase fat storage in the liver, muscle, and visceral fat depot: a 6-mo randomized intervention study. Am J Clin Nutr. (2011) 2. Tate DF, et al. Replacing caloric beverages with water or diet beverages for weight loss in adults: main results of the Choose Healthy Options Consciously Everyday (CHOICE) randomized clinical trial. Am J Clin Nutr. (2012) 3. Wang YC, et al. Impact of change in sweetened caloric beverage consumption on energy intake among children and adolescents. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. (2009) 4. Chen L, et al. Reduction in consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with weight loss: the PREMIER trial. Am J Clin Nutr. (2009) 5. Davidson TL, Swithers SE. A Pavlovian approach to the problem of obesity. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. (2004)
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