When I changed my lifestyle three years ago, ridding myself of seven cans of diet coke (A DAY) was my biggest challenge. I blame my husband. Well, not really, but he’s the one who introduced me to diet soda. I was convinced that since it was “diet”, I could drink it as much as I wanted. You may not know this, but back in Las Vegas, I had my real estate license. Being in the office, often alone, I easily got bored. Let’s just say I visited the vending machine often, ok very often. That vending machine was like my excuse to do something, even if it was just to take my money. Within weeks, I was up to seven cans of diet coke a day. Again, it was “diet”, right? What’s the harm? I thought there wasn’t any harm, so I kept sipping away.
Once I got pregnant with my youngest, my doctor told me to lighten up on the soda. “It’s just Diet!” I responded. He said that just might be worse. I was informed that the artificial sweeteners were just as bad as sugar, maybe not in a caloric sense, but in an overall health sense. I took the doctors word for it and quit the habit altogether.
However, a recent article I read got me thinking. What exactly was so bad about artificial sweeteners and diet soda? And does diet soda make you gain weight, or at least prevent you from losing weight?
Well I found out and I’ve got the answers.
Why Is Diet Soda Bad For You?
The study I read that I was just talking about made a lot of sense. Scientist gave people diet soda. As the people drank the diet soda, researchers found that they were drinking a substantial amount. They found that this was because their taste buds were signaling the brain that they were drinking sweets, thus the artificial sweetener. Since the brain thought they were getting sweets, it in turn signaled the body to prepare for the “sweet affect”. However, since the diet soda wasn’t real sweets, the body felt unfulfilled and continued to want the real sweets.
The Bottom Line
When the body thinks it’s getting these sweets, and it’s actually not, it wants more and isn’t happy until it gets these sweets. This causes the over-indulging. By drinking diet soda, you’re tricking your body and ultimately drinking more than you should. So doea diet soda make you fat? Well, no. But the effect it leaves on your body will.
How it Will Hurt You
Although you may not be getting extra calories from diet soda. They will sneak up on you later. Your body doesn’t stop craving those real sweets until you give it to them. This is what causes that sweet tooth late at night.
Why You Can’t Afford it
You may be the most disciplined person in the world. But any new dieter, any dieter in general, would have a very difficult time resisting your own body. This is not your average temptation. This is you against yourself.
No one needs the extra temptations and struggles when trying to eat healthy. Don’t put yourself through it. As hard as it is at first, throw out the soda. Diet soda and weight loss don’t mix and you need to stay away from it. You’re doing yourself a favor. My trick was to switch out the diet soda for green tea. Then I sweeten it with a little honey. It is a delicious thirst quencher and is good for you.
Toss the diet soda and tell me how you feel after a couple weeks. You’ll feel great! Keep in mind that your body will have to adjust to less caffeine. I had headaches for three weeks after I gave up my diet soda. I’m not going to lie, they were bad and I wanted to give in to my head shouting “Feed my soda nowwwwww”. But I stayed strong and eventually, they went away. The key is to just keep your mind off it and drink healthy teas that have a small fraction of caffeine as opposed to the caffeine loaded sodas.