By now, just about everyone knows that soda will make you gain weight. After all, when you’re drinking Coke or Dr. Pepper, you’re essentially ingesting large amounts of liquid sugar (high fructose corn syrup, to be exact). It’s the worse thing you can do if you’re trying to lose belly fat. And again, this has become common knowledge.
But here’s something you may not be aware of. Switching from regular pop to diet soda won’t stop you from putting on the pounds. In fact, studies show that it will make things worse.
Now, on the surface, this doesn’t make much sense. A can of Coke has 140 calories. If you drink 3 per day (something that’s very easy to do if you’re a fan of the stuff) you’re adding an extra 420 to your daily total – almost 3,000 more per week! Eliminating those calories should help you lose weight – not gain it.
Sadly, the exact opposite happens and many dieters fall victim to this “paradox”. You see, instead of sugar, diet soda contains aspartame. It’s an artificial sweetener with zero calories. And when it lands on your taste buds, it activates the reward centers in your brain (not unlike when you eat other sugary sweets).
But here’s the difference between aspartame and sugar. In the case of the latter, once those reward centers get activated, calories follow. It’s a natural response and your body expects it. In contrast, with aspartame being non-caloric, this doesn’t happen. So essentially, you’re cheating your system.
However, your body isn’t letting you off the hook that easy. You gave it something sweet so it wants those calories. And it’s going to have them one way or another. Do you know how it accomplishes this? It causes you to crave. And it will continue to make you crave until you take in the calories you basically “promised” it when you drank that sweet stuff.
The end result? You end up snacking throughout the day (and especially at night) consuming far more calories than those you supposedly saved by drinking diet – instead of regular – soda.
And that’s why diet soda is fattening – very fattening indeed. It’s also extremely bad for your health. In fact, aspartame is one of the most controversial additives in existence and has been linked to everything from heart disease and cancer.
You should stay as far away from the stuff as possible. In fact, forget soda altogether. Drink water or unsweetened tea instead. Your body will thank you for it – plus, you’ll enjoy virtually effortless weight loss by making the switch. What better reason do you need?