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    Does Diet Soda Help with Weight Loss?

    Does Diet Soda Help with Weight Loss?

    Clean Eatz
    5 minute read

    DIET SODA AND WEIGHT LOSS

    Diet soda definitely looks like a fantastic life hack for our health and weight loss goals, All the flavor and feel without the sugar and calories and consequent weight gain. But is it really that good and harmless or should we just avoid it altogether and just stick to plain old water?

    Let's dive into the potential benefits and concerns of using diet soda and sugar-free drinks as a tool to improve our health and lose weight and what the research says about it.

    THE BENEFITS IT MIGHT HAVE AND THE RESEARCH BEHIND THEM

    There have been some studies that wanted to see if consuming diet soda and other sugar-free dietetic foods could lead to sweet food addiction and increased consumption of high caloric foods: However the results show that moderate consumption of products with non-caloric sweeteners can help satisfy sugar cravings and reduce the desire to consume sugary foods

    There has also been concern that sweeteners can affect hormones, specifically insulin production since they can have a similar raising effect as sugar consumption and make it more difficult to lose weight. However, it has been shown that these spikes are short-lived and small and should not have an impact on the ability to lose weight.

    And the last common health concern is that diet soda can disrupt the gut microbiome and affect the absorption of nutrients having negative implications on energy balance, appetite, digestion, weight loss, and even immune function. This would depend on the type of particular sweetener used in each drink, those that are able ot get to the colon being the ones that can possibly have an effect. But there’s still more research needed and evidence is not conclusive on this matter.

    So there seem to be good benefits and not a lot of harm in consuming diet sodas instead of sugary drinks. However, as many things in life, the poison is in the dosage and there’s the harm of getting to addicted to it and not being able to stop or diminish consumption

    WHAT MAKES SODA SO IRRESISTIBLE AND ADDICTIVE

    “Food and beverage manufacturers scientifically engineer products, including diet soda, to appeal to the pleasure centers in your brain, belly, and mouth,” says Brian St. Pierre, M.S., R.D., Precision Nutrition’s Director of Nutrition. “That drives you to consume more of it than you might otherwise.”

    These manufactured factors that make you crave more soda are:

     

    SOME SPECIFIC HEALTH CONCERNS ON DIET SODA:

    So it looks like everything else in nutrition and health: moderation is key and should not pose serious harm. And as seen before can be a useful tool for weight loss goals and gradually reducing consumption of sugar.

    SOME PRACTICAL ADVICE

    If you make the choice of reducing carbonated drinks and particularly diet soda you don’t have to go all or nothing from day one. 

    There are a thousand steps from drinking only sugared soda and drinking nothing but water, and you can stop and play around with any of those: 

    • drink one less glass of soda every day, 

    • change one or two of those for the sugar-free option or for something like green tea or lemon water. 

    Remember there is no right or wrong way to eat or drink. No diet, food nor supplement works for everyone. So experiment and be very aware of the effects on yourself and choose the one that works best for you. Wholesome nutritious foods are the goal but it can be achieved with foods you actually enjoy and look forward to and if diet soda is a tool you can use to make that happen then use it to your advantage.

     

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