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Diet Soda & Weight Gain

Posted on 07/17/2013

Do you drink diet soda? You may not want to after you read this.

If you follow my blog, you know I’m not for diet or regular soda. Period. No exceptions. I can cite numerous studies to support my position against soda, of any kind. A few days ago, yet again, more research comes out against soda – diet soda this time around.

The new study from Purdue University indicates that those who drink diet soda regularly do not lose weight, in fact they gain weight! So, if you drink that bubbly, brown beverage daily, you may want to put it down and switch to water. It doesn’t stop with soda, since it really examines artificial sweeteners found in diet sodas. You can find those man-made sweeteners in everything from yogurt to juice these days, and so much more. It’s so important to read your labels to know what you are consuming (you can check out last week’s blog about the importance of reading food labels).

Not only do people who drink diet sodas fare worse when it comes to their weight, but they also have an increased risk for metabolic disorders, including type II diabetes and heart disease.

Because artificial sweeteners are sweet tasting, your body cannot distinguish between real sugar and man-made, artificial sweeteners. The body’s hormonal response to it, is the same as sugar, asking for more sugar intake until over time if it is not met with more sugar the body would not respond appropriately counter acting the person’s desire to lose weight. In fact, it may trick the person to eating more sugary foods to balance the body back. It’s a vicious cycle!

My advice, if you drink diet soda, even a small serving per day, switch to water. You’ll be doing your body so much good. You need water for optimal health.

I’ve seen people who are truly addicted to diet soda. Once they cut back and finally eliminate it from their diet (diet meaning just what one eats and drinks), they feel so much better and then and only then can they begin to lose weight.

I look forward to more research and more news coverage about the risks associated with soda consumption. The more we hear about it, my hope is that more people will be helped and will improve their overall health by allowing them to reduce their weight, reduce their risk for metabolic disorders include type II diabetes and risk of cardiac disease.

I love this quote from the study’s researchers, “Although it seems like common sense that diet sodas would not be as problematic as regular sodas, common sense is not always right."


Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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