You can admit it. I won’t judge… because we’ve all done it.
We’ve cracked open a diet soda thinking it can’t be THAT bad for us. And at the very least, it’s got to be better than real soda with all that sugar.
Well, friend, it turns out that IF diet soda is any better than real soda, it’s not by much.
New research confirms diet drinks can…
- MESS with your metabolism
- UNDERMINE weight loss
- INCREASE your health risks
And one way it does all that has been hidden from scientists… until now.
EXPOSED: How diet soda leads to weight gain
It’s like a science experiment gone wrong, And WE’RE the lab rats.
The popular diet sweetener sucralose appears to literally alter how our brain controls metabolism if you eat a carb at around the same time as you have the diet soda. (Which, of course, is almost always.)
In fact, it led to SUCH a rapid change in insulin sensitivity that the part of the study that included kids had to be cut off for ETHICAL reasons. Two of the children went from normal metabolism to pre-diabetes in just two weeks!
The study finds that you could have sucralose and NOT harm your metabolism if you simply avoid carbs… in theory. But I’m not sure how well that theory holds up in reality.
First, most people DO have carbs, especially when they drink diet soda. How many fast-food burger meals are accompanied by a diet cola?
Second, it’s not entirely clear how much time is allowed to pass between drinking a diet soda and eating a carb. But the evidence is already alarming, with the study showing the effect could last ALL DAY. And we must eat some carbs to survive.
And third, even if the immediate effects can be blunted by distancing your drink from your carbs, the long-term impact is pretty clear by now from other studies. Because it’s not just sucralose that has us in the crosshairs.
Ditch the diet drinks and do THIS instead
Artificial sweeteners have been linked repeatedly to blood sugar struggles, weight gain, and metabolic syndrome. And studies have even found that people who drink more diet soda and other soft drinks have a HIGHER risk of diabetes.
So clearly, something’s going on here. And the solution is EQUALLY clear. Ditch the diet drinks.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you should guzzle the full-sugar, full-calorie versions, either. Stick to water and lightly flavored seltzers – which are better still if you flavor them on your own.
It’s pretty easy. Just add a squeeze of lemon or lime juice. Or put some sliced cucumber, kiwi, or any other fruit or vegetable you enjoy into a pitcher and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours.
Some people even love flavor combinations you’d never expect, such as infusing water with bell peppers, tomatoes, celery, and more.
And in the evening, feel free to enjoy a glass of wine or a mug of beer if you’re healthy enough to handle them, they don’t mess with any meds you’re taking, and your doc says it’s okay.
Unlike diet soda, a little alcohol – in moderation or less, of course – won’t raise your risk of health struggles the way sugar will. In fact, it can actually CUT them.