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Found this great article today and wanted to pass it along. Below is the link as well. It looks like a very interesting website. estatic  

Is Diet Soda Making You Gain Weight?

Diet soda sounds like an easy way to cut calories, but new research shows it may not be good for weight loss. Learn why diet soda may actually cause you to gain weight, among other problems.

By Chris Iliades, MD
Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH  

If you feel better about having a burger and fries for lunch because you ordered a diet soda, you shouldn’t. Studies show that diet soda may not be any better for you than regular soda. In fact, it may even be worse.
Close to 60 percent of Americans drink diet soda on a regular basis. Many of them believe diet soda helps them with weight loss, but there is mounting evidence that diet soda may actually cause you to gain weight.  

Diet Soda and Weight Loss: What Research Revealed
“Recent literature suggests that those who drink diet soda weigh more than those who don’t. That shouldn’t surprise anyone. Does diet soda cause weight gain? I think that is the wrong question. I don’t think people should drink diet soda, whether they have weight problems or not,” says Darwin Deen, MD, senior attending physician at Montefiore Medical Center’s Department of Family and Social Medicine in the Bronx, New York.
Of top concern, drinking diet soda has been linked to developing metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a group of conditions that include expanding waist size, increased blood pressure, elevated triglycerides, lower levels of good cholesterol, and high fasting blood sugar levels. Having three or more of these findings increases your risk of diabetes and heart disease. Here are some other research findings you should know about diet soda:  

According to the San Antonio Heart Study, the more diet sodas you drink, the greater the chance that you will be overweight or obese. For each diet soda you drink there is a 65 percent increase in your risk of becoming overweight.
According to the Framingham Heart Study, if you drink diet soda you are at risk for weight gain and metabolic syndrome.
According to research done at Purdue University, rats that were fed artificial sweeteners gained more weight than rats fed normal sugar.
Findings from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, show that meat, fried food, and diet soda are all significantly associated with metabolic syndrome.  

Diet Soda and Weight Loss: Why the Weight Gain?  

Although researchers can’t say for sure why diet soda sets the stage for weight gain, there are several possible reasons. “I discourage my patients from drinking diet sodas because while they have no calories, they are created to simulate the sweetness of a regular soda. This leaves the drinker's taste buds completely overwhelmed. For an example of this, take a sip of water and then bite into your favorite fruit. Then try the same experiment with diet soda. Note that the real food tastes flat after drinking soda,” explains Dr. Deen. The distortion of taste may cause the diet soda drinker to seek higher calorie foods.
Another possibility is that people just eat more because they think they are saving calories from drinking a diet soda. A direct link between artificial sweeteners and a craving for high-calorie foods may exist. There is also the possibility that the link is related to unknown factors involving diet, exercise, or other personal characteristics.  

Diet Soda and Weight Loss: Caffeine's Role
Although diet soda has fewer calories than regular soda, the caffeine content may be greater. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a 12 ounce regular Coke contains 35 milligrams of caffeine and a Diet Coke contains 47 mg. At low levels, caffeine can stimulate energy, make you more alert, and may be beneficial for weight loss. In higher amounts it can cause nervousness, increased heart rate, and difficulty concentrating. You may also get withdrawal symptoms such as headache, irritability, or depression if you stop taking caffeine suddenly.
“Although caffeine can be helpful for weight loss, I recommend getting your caffeine from iced coffee. If you need to add sugar, add as little as possible for taste,” says Deen. “I advise my patients to drink water. For a healthy alternative to diet soda, try adding one third cup of fruit juice to seltzer water for a low calorie and not too sweet beverage."
Although the exact relationship of diet soda to weight gain and metabolic syndrome is not clear, it is obvious that diet soda should not be considered a "healthy" alternative to regular soda. When you choose to drink any soda, you are choosing to drink a beverage that is just not as healthy for you as milk, juice, or water.  

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Last Updated: 05/26/2010

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      Anne E wrote Jun 14, 2010
    • Wow.  This is kind of scary!



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      Linni wrote Jun 14, 2010
    • Thanks for sharing this Rose..
      i am a diet soda drinker, and ave been most of my life.. regular soda is just way too sweet...i find when i dont drink the diet soda for long periods of time, i feel MUCH better, and yes, some weight comes off...

      Since being diagnosed with diabetes i have limited my diet soda intake, and started drinking TONS more water..

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      Rose Nino wrote Jun 14, 2010
    • I am SO happy to hear that Linni. I used to be a diet pop drinker myself as well as fat free & sugar free products, until I was extremely sick! I finally took control of my health. Now, I drink water by the tons and have an occassional (very rarely) regular soft drink (never diet) as a treat. I know that I would not have been able to give those things up if it weren’t for nutritional cleansing.  

      Hugz heartestatic



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jun 14, 2010
    • I’m so glad I never developed a taste for soda. My mom didn’t buy it much. The beverages in our house were freshly brewed ice tea and water. To this day I just drink water when I’m thirsty and sip on other things like tea just to sip and be social.



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      Linni wrote Jun 14, 2010
    • id love to do a cleanse on my system with eating healthier.. heart



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      Mztracy wrote Jun 14, 2010
    • diet soda are bad period. Fake sugars will kill ya! Well maybe not kill ya, but they can bring on symptoms of auto-immune disorders.

      If you need sweeteners, use sugar in the raw or honey [home grown]



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      Linni wrote Jun 14, 2010
    • i looooooooove sugar in the raw!! heart



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      Max0125 wrote Jun 15, 2010
    • Rose,

      Great article as usual!

      I gave up all fake foods and feel so much better. If I feel like I want to drink somehing fizzie, I get carbonated mineral water and add a spash of cranberry, cherry, lemon or lime juice. Way more refreshing and healthier.estatic

      Mary



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      Rose Nino wrote Jun 15, 2010
    • Thanks Mary. estatic

      Yes, Pattie I have heard the same thing as well. It’s why I very rarely drink soft drinks (maybe twice a yr if even that). I had a root beer. I know I would not have been able to quit ANY of my bad habits, if it had not been for Nutritional Cleansing. Many have kicked the habit completely and my friend Paul, quit smoking after 34 yrs!! Good for you for trying to stop drinking so much of it. heart



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      Klang1 wrote Jun 15, 2010
    • Unfortunately I drink way too much Diet Coke.  When I was diagnosed with diabetes 10 years ago I was told by the nutritionist that dt soda was a “free food“.  How wrong that is...and now I’m hooked but trying to reduce my intake and replace it with water or tea.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Jun 16, 2010
    • I have never been a diet soda drinker and if I break down and drink pop it’s going to be regular coke.... Howere since I’m on a pop fast it’s been water or iced green teaestatic

      Now if I could ever get my friend who drinks a case of diet a day believe this info........



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