It seems like an easy trick for diet success.
You need to cut calories. And there’s no quicker way to cut hundreds a day than to switch to diet sodas instead of regular sodas and juices.
And that’s the key, right? Fewer calories mean less weight around the middle.
Except…That’s NOT how it works.
Not in reality, anyway. At least, not when it comes to sugar-free soft drinks, as a new study reveals exactly HOW and WHY “diet” soda has sabotaged so many diets.
Maybe you’ve experienced it firsthand. But didn’t realize what was going on. Or worse, you thought it was YOUR fault.
But it wasn’t you at all. It was your diet soda.
What ‘diet’ soda REALLY does to your diet
Even if you’ve never done the diet soda thing yourself, I’m sure you’ve seen it happen.
People who switch to diet never seem to lose the weight that you’d expect.
Well, there’s nothing wrong with your eyes. It really IS the soda. Or, specifically, it’s the no-cal sweeteners used in place of sugar in those soft drinks.
The new study looked at pretty much all of them, including…
Since they’re calorie-free when you switch to products that contain them instead of sugar, you SHOULD lose weight over time.
But the study finds these fake sugars do a number on your body in two key areas…
- In your brain: Most folks who drink diet soda ultimately consume as much sugar as everyone else. This is in part because the mind tricks itself into thinking you have some extra wiggle room since you chose a diet soda. You might think you’ve EARNED a treat. But in reality, you’ve completely canceled out your supposed healthy choice.
- In your gut: Diet sodas can cause changes in the stomach itself. They alter bacteria and digestion in ways that can make you MORE likely to gain weight and MORE likely to develop diabetes.
And to cap it off, over the long-haul, the study finds that switching to diet soda will not only NOT lead to weight loss… it could actually cause a little weight GAIN.
Soft drinks linked to devastating illnesses
This, of course, isn’t the first or only study to show why switching to no-calorie soft drinks is a huge mistake. Only the latest.
Other studies have found even worse news, including research published in 2017 that found diet soda drinkers can have up to DOUBLE the risk of stroke. And that same study also found a frightening potential link to dementia.
So don’t replace soda with diet soda. And certainly don’t replace it with juice. Ounce for ounce, some juices contain almost as much sugar as soda.
Instead, drink water, seltzer, coffee, and tea.