10.08.2010

Dieting? Skip the Diet Soda

If you're trying to lose weight, you probably have swapped your regular soda for diet, right? After all, drinking diet soda seems like an easy way to reduce calories. But, according to research, that diet pop may be tricking your body and actually prompting you to eat more.

There's no for sure relationship between weight gain and diet soda, but the latest research from an article in MSNBC.com is pretty illuminating:

"In fact, two recent studies found that being a diet soda junkie could actually put you at a greater risk of weight gain. Normal weight people who drank 3 servings or more of diet soda a day—at least 21 weekly servings—were at almost double the risk for becoming overweight or obese after seven to eight years compared to people who skipped diet drinks, according to researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. And people who consumed at least one daily serving of diet soda (versus none) were more likely to develop a high waist circumference, a condition linked with diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in the journal Diabetes Care in April 2009."

The message here? Diet soda isn't always a diet friendly choice. When you can, drink water! It's actually been shown to help you lose weight!

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