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Gain Weight with Diet Soda?

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Do you drink diet soda? Are you trying to lose weight? Those zero and 1 calorie sodas may seem innocent enough as they contain little sugar and a lot less calories than their regular counterparts. However, there are several reasons why you might actually gain weight with diet soda.

When Only Switching Your Soft Drink, You May Gain Weight with Diet Soda. I can’t tell you how many times I have gone to a fast-food restaurant and seen a person order enough food for 2 or 3 people, then end with a diet soda. You may be cutting 140 caloriesby switching from 12 ounces of regular Coke to Diet Coke, but you just added 270 caloriesby switching from a small to a large order of fries at McDonald’s.

Drinking Diet Soda May Make You Crave More Sweet Foods, thus Making You Gain Weight with Diet Soda. Diet soda tastes sweeter than regular soda. After a while you may begin to crave sweeter foods. If you give in to the cravings, you add more calories and thus gain weight due to diet soda. Although you save the 140 calories with a Diet Coke, adding a Little Debbie Nutty Bar gives you 310 calories.

Study Linking Weight Gain and Diet Soda Use. The University of Texas Health Science Center performed an 8 year study on weight gain and drinking diet soda. According to the study, about one-third of diet soda drinkers gained weight during the study compared to about one-fourth of the regular soda drinkers.

It is important to note that they did not prove that drinking the diet soda actually caused the weight gain. It is most likely due to reasons such as those listed above.

Don’t Gain Weight with Diet Soda. If you are trying to lose weight, do not make the switch to diet soda the only change to your diet. Eating a healthy, balanced diet and getting adequate exercise are the best ways to lose weight.

If you must drink diet soda for health reasons, or want to use diet soda as a part of your weight loss plan, remember not to add other foods to make up for saved calories. Also, you may have to work harder to resist cravings for additional sweets. Use good judgment and you don’t have to gain weight with diet soda.

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