I must admit – I had an unusually odd smirk on my face when I came across this article. The headline drew me in and I felt a slightly overwhelming feeling come over me.
It was one of those ‘Yea, I knew it all along!’ kind of feelings and it made me all warm and tingly inside (I feel kind of weird saying this).
From the moment they were introduced, I knew this stuff was wayyyy too good to be true. I mean seriously – zero calories?! No sugar? What the hell was going on?
But, just like everything else that is beautifully packaged and accompanied by millions of dollars of marketing, people quickly adopted it. In fact, they fell in love with it. Diet sodas sneaked their way into lunchboxes all across North America.
Did we really think that they were the answer to all of our weight problems? I mean we all know what happens to your body when you drink a coke, so did we perhaps think that this was the healthier alternative?
Whatever the case may be, I hope this new research study encourages you to lay off the diet sodas
for a while forever.
Scientists have discovered that regularly drinking diet sodas WILL increase your waist line over time.
A decade long study of roughly 500 men and women found that:
“Soda drinkers experienced a 70 % greater increase in their waistline than non soda drinkers. Those who consumed two or more diet sodas per day experienced their waistline increase at five times the rate of those who never drank the stuff”
Note that factors such as exercise, smoking, education and social class didn’t play a role – the results still stood.
If this isn’t enough to show you that there is simply no point to drinking this stuff, then I’d have to say you’re just a little bit crazy.
So what is it that makes diet sodas so bad?
Researchers are speculating that artificial sweeteners which are loaded into diet sodas (something has to make up for all those zeros) may throw off your appetite, leaving you craving highly-sweet, unhealthy snacks. Go figure.
Studies also found that artificial sweeteners may damage brain cells that are involved with feelings of fullness. Definitely not something you want to be going for. If your brain can no longer decipher whether you are full or not, you will consistently overeat your way to a larger waistline.
At the end of the day, I don’t think you needed this study to show you that diet sodas aren’t a healthier alternative. Deep inside, we both knew that this stuff was way too good to be true.
It’s time to (wo)man-up and realize that this is not the road you want to go down. Whatever happened to good ol’ H2O?
Getting rid of your waistline starts with getting rid of all the garbage in your fridge.