The diet soda has become a novel concept in this society. People joke about ordering a large fry and a triple cheeseburger, but then adding a Diet Coke so they don’t get fat. That said, these sodas do only have zero calories or close to zero, so it seems like the right choice if you want to splurge a little. However, it’s not going to help you lose weight, and there are studies to prove it. It may even increase your risk of getting diabetes, something no one wants to have.
The San Antonia Heart Study from the University of Texas Heart Science Center found some shocking statistics. Through 25 years of research, they discovered that the more diet sodas a person drank, the higher chances they were going to gain weight. It can even make you gain more weight than normal sodas.
They discovered that no matter what soda you’re drinking, it still increases your risk of weight gain. On average, a person was more than likely to become overweight during the next seven or eight years and 41 percent more likely to become obese for each diet soda they drank every single day.
How can this be?
How does something with no calories make you fatter? This is because diet soda can make you hungrier. According to a 2012 study called “Altered Processing of Sweet Taste in the Brains of Diet Soda Drinkers,” diet sodas have been linked to obesity, impaired energy, and can alter your reward processing in sweet taste. That means that diet soda doesn’t give you the satisfaction you need. Your body isn’t stupid. It knows that knows that there is no nutrition and it will make yourself hungrier so that it can get what it wants. You’ll find yourself consuming more calories because of this.
Another study titled “Artificial Sweetened Beverages: Cause for Concern” has even worse news. By consuming too many diet sodas, it can cause you to prefer sweet food and drink over something that’s healthier. Just imagine eating or drinking only sweets, and see how much fatter you get as a result.
Risk of Diabetes
We all know that if you eat too much fat and sugar, you can develop a risk of getting diabetes. However, you’re a woman and drink diet soda in excess, you may have a chance of getting diabetes. A study as recent as 2013 concludes this. The study is “Diet Drinks Associated with Increased Risk of Type II Diabetes.”
Over the course of 14 years, 66,188 women were monitored. And they discovered that if you drank a half liter of diet soda a week, you had a 15% higher chance of getting diabetes, which is much more than normal soda drinkers alone. Those who drank 1.5 liters a week, which is not uncommon, had a 59% risk for it.
Diet soda can make you hungrier, and it might affect your taste buds, making you crave more junk food. Granted, drinking a soda, diet or not, on a rare occasion isn’t going to break your health. However, for many, it’s hard to cut back that much. Why is that? Their bodies would feel so much better because of it.
Many people want to stop drinking soda, both the diet and regular sugar packed versions. Their body weight, energy levels and overall health would certainly thank them for it. But where do you start if you want to get over this addiction?
There are plenty of alternatives to sodas that are much healthier for you, and taste a lot better. I will discuss these in another article.