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Does Diet Soda make you Fat?

Diet soda makes you fat? True?  I grew up drinking diet sodas and loved that it was calorie-free but no mention that it made us fat! Let’s us the Fridge Ninja?

A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found

  1. Diet sodas raised the risk of diabetes more than sugar-sweetened sodas!
  2. Women who drank one 12-ounce diet soda had a 33 percent increased risk of type 2 diabetes and women who drank one 20-ounce soda had a 66 percent increased risk.
  3. Women who drank diet sodas drank twice as much as those who drank sugar- sweetened sodas because artificial sweeteners are more addictive and are hundreds to thousands of times sweeter than regular sugar.

Here is a simple explanation of how diet sodas make us fatter

  • Artificial sweeteners are many times sweeter than regular sugar activating our desire for more sweetness (and more calories)
  • Even though there are few calories in Diet Pop, the sweetness can trigger a response from our Insulin . Insulin is the fat storage hormone, which lays down more belly fat.
  • It makes you hungrier and crave even more sugar and starchy carbohydrates like bread and pasta.

 I recommend my clients quit their diet sodas as part of healthy lifestyle changes that will help them create the slim, healthy body they want to achieve.

To your success!

Carolyn

 

 

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