There are quite a few people out there that when attempting to lose weight often turn to diet sodas as a replacement to the regular sodas, to assist them in their weight loss.

I was one of them, I use to drink Dr Pepper all of the time, and when I decided it was time to lose some weight, I switched to diet Dr Pepper.

While it may seem a reasonable and healthy alternative in comparison to the regular sugared sodas that you are used to drinking, there are actually some alarming pitfalls to diet soda you may not be aware of.

Reasons Why Diet Soda May Not Be The Answer

Artificial Sweeteners Can Cause Headaches

While aspartame is still being studied, quite a few of those studies have linked migraines to the consumption of diet sodas.

While the influence that aspartame has on the human body is not yet fully known, many experts are currently recommending that people should avoid consuming aspartame when possible.

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.

It Places You at a Higher Risk of Metabolic Syndrome

According to the Framingham Heart Study that the Boston University School of Medicine has ongoing, people who regularly consume diet sodas are 36% more likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome.

What is metabolic syndrome?

It is actually a cluster of conditions that occur at the same time that increases the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke.
Conditions included in this syndrome are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, abnormal triglyceride levels, and an increase in excess body fat around the waist area.

Diet Sodas Lack Nutrition

Last, but not least, drinking diet soda causes your body to miss out on nutrition that is essential for everyday operation.

By choosing to consume a beverage that has little or no nutritional value instead of consuming a drink that has healthy components to it like water, tea, or even smoothies.
Making a choice to give up sugar and high fructose drinks is a significant step on your journey to become more healthy and to lose weight, but not so great of a choice if you do like I initially did and chose their diet counterparts instead.

While it does seem like a great idea at first switching to a drink that has zero calories in it, giving up nutritional value from drinking, along with the plethora of other adverse side effects listed above, can ultimately contribute to you ending up gaining weight rather than losing it – like your intent was in the first place.

Instead of replacing your soda with diet soda alternatives, try to drink more water instead.

If you are like I was and the water seems too bland, or you miss the fizz, or whatever other reasons may keep you from doing so, you can try to spruce up the water a bit with some lemon, oranges, or other fruits to give it a not-so-bland taste.