Why so called ‘Diet’ drinks are actually BAD for you!! (Your life depends on it)

Okay, some of you maybe thinking that the headline ‘Your life depends on it‘ maybe a little drastic, but the truth is you are actually poisoning your body with these sold-called ‘diet’ drinks….

When trying to stay on track with your fat loss efforts, it’s easy to become obsessed with foods labelled as fat-free, sugar free, low-carb, low-fat or even zero-calorie. Anything to help you reach your goal becomes a tool in the arsenal. But what happens when those so-called healthy diet foods are abused? That’s when it starts to get ugly.

Let’s get straight to the point, if you don’t care about your body, your weight or your diet then go ahead, drink all the diet soda you want!

If however on the other hand, you do care about your body and what you put in your mouth, and want to lose weight as fast as possible, my recommendation would be to avoid diet soda like the plague.

Clever Marketing

Some well-known brands have become very clever these days. The way they market their products, to make you believe, that drinking diet soda is so much better than drinking your regular soda. I’m going to tell you now, some of the techniques these companies use border on illegal, yet they still manage to sit on the right side of the law – just. 

Because of this, they have managed to convince a lot of people that drinking diet soda can be healthy, whereas, in fact it is completely the opposite.

Are there any soda benefits??

So what can diet sodas do towards helping you attain your ideal physique? Some people have attributed their weight loss to drinking diet soda because of the obscene amounts of sugar in regular soda.

By making the switch, they are able to cut hundreds of calories daily just like that. However, the reason for the weight loss may not be because of diet soda, rather, it may be due to restored leptin (which goes down during dieting especially if one at an extreme caloric deficit, enabling one to lose body fat).

When you feel too deprived while on a diet like that however, binge eating is more likely to occur as opposed to a more flexible, relaxed dieter who has small ‘cheats’ throughout the week.

Okay so no nutritional value are there any…

….Physical benefits?

A study conducted by the University of Texas found that people who consumed two or more diet sodas a day had an increase in waist circumference over a 10 year period than people who didn’t drink any diet soda.

This is because diet sodas trigger the same sugar cravings as real sugar, which can lead to snacking and ultimately, weight gain.
A same study confirmed that the consumption of soda resulted in obesity, and people becoming overweight. Yet, when they studied the effects of diet soda, the risks of obesity were even higher.

For every can or bottle of diet soda a person consumed, there was a 41% increase in the risk of becoming overweight.

So it doesn’t provide any nutritional value. It doesn’t exactly agree with our waistline – I think it’s safe to say any sort of soda is bad for us. However there are a few other scary health problems that might occur if you’re a soda lover.

Other health implications?

If a bulging belly isn’t enough of a deterrent, a survey conducted by the University of Miami and Columbia University found that people who drank diet soda daily were more likely to have had a stroke or heart attack.

Vascular diseases are already pretty common nowadays because of genetics and poor diet practices. You don’t want to add to that, do you?

Bloating is another reported side effect of consuming artificial sweeteners because of the body’s inability to process it. For those with an intolerance to Splenda, Equal, Nutrisweet, Aspartame, and the like, the substances remain in the intestines and cause bloating, gas and general intestinal discomfort.

This is also why fitness competitors stay away from artificial sweeteners when they are close to competition. Bloating makes you appear ‘soft’ in all the wrong places, which could make you appear fat even when you’re not.

Aesthetically, diet soda drinkers have also noticed their oral health deteriorate. In fact, one case study found that excessive soda consumption can cause similar mouth damage and tooth enamel erosion as when one abuses meth or crack cocaine.

Anything that causes your body to decay at such an alarming rate should not be consumed in the first place.

Addiction!?

If you want to make your fat loss efforts even harder, then soda is the way forward!

Another cause for concern with diet sodas is its addicting qualities. People think that just because there’s no sugar means that there also won’t be any blood sugar spikes, sugar crashes and cravings, when it’s the complete opposite.

The body reacts to the signals of sweetness and prepares for the onslaught of calories from that substance, but when it doesn’t come, it triggers hunger so that you can satisfy the calorie-craving caused by the artificial sweeteners.

For most people, this is when snacking on fast food or chocolate occurs, and the cycle continues. Weight is gained; extreme dieting measures are observed; the diet fails; weight is gained back and then some; and even more extreme dieting measures are undertaken just to see a smidgen of results.

If you didn’t know any of this before reading this article, then don’t worry, you know now. If you are really serious about your health, (which you must be because you are either one of my subscribers or you searched for something relating to this post you will do yourself and your body a massive favour by staying away from all types of soda.

No matter how well companies try to sell you their product, you can now say you are fully aware of what one bottle of the ‘evil substance’ contains and what it can do to your body.

If you want me to be blunt about things – ditch the diet sodas and the artificial sweeteners. Moderation is key with most things, even sugar.

But my personal opinion of fizzy drinks is similar to the poisonous apple in the fairy tail books. Sugar in copious amounts is a no-no, but is perfectly fine from the right sources, especially if you engage in physical activities.

Alternatives?

A fruit-based thirst-quencher could be a viable alternative to satisfy a stubborn sweet tooth without the artificial sweeteners – although be careful to choose the right fruit-based drink. The dietary fiber in fruit helps with satiety, and you also get the added benefits of its vitamins and minerals. That’s a win-win.

Soda? Diet soda? Lets be fair, they’re all bad for our body, no matter what the companies say.  If you have been one of my subscribers you would now know, I care about your health as much as I care about mine, so for goodness sake, stay away from diet soda!

I posted a great video up a while back and I think you’l enjoy it as it give’s us the REAL truth behind Coca-Cola.

You can check the video out here – Enjoy!

Until Next Time,

Keep Focused,

Chris

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