The Consumption of Diet Soda Can Cause you to Gain Weight
There are a few different ways in which diet soda can actually lead to you gaining weight, rather than losing it.
First off, most of us think that we are taking the healthier choice by drinking diet instead of regular soda since it is zero calories.
This leads many to feel that since they chose ‘wisely’ on their drink, they can choose more poorly on the food or snacks.
Why not finish the bag of chips, or eat a muffin that has 300 calories in it since we are saving calories on our choice of drink?
Second, it trains your body to have cravings for sweets more often.
When you consume sweet beverages (diet sodas may not have the sugars that regular soda has, but depending on the type it can actually taste sweeter than regular soda), it can cause your body to have a higher propensity to crave sweet things.
Thirdly, when our bodies consume something sweet, our stomach muscles relax a bit and await high-calorie fuel.
Since diet soda doesn’t have any calories, our bodies are ‘left disappointed’ and are searching for more calories to intake.
And the last reason that choosing diet drinks can lead to weight gain is that it causes your body to store more fat.
A study done by the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio found that people who regularly drank two or more diet sodas per day had a much larger waist size in general than the ones who did not drink any diet sodas at all.
On average, the waists were six times larger on diet soda drinkers than the ones who did not drink any.
The reason for this is because the sweet tasting artificial sweeteners actually trick your metabolism into thinking there is sugar on the way when you consume them.
This leads to the insulin levels in the body spiking, which causes your body to shift from a ‘fat burning state’ over to a ‘fat storing state.’
Combined with the aforementioned reasons above, it is of little wonder why most of us never see the results we thought we would see with our diets when we made the switch to diet soda.