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Will drinking diet soda help me lose weight?

Rose Reisman
Nutrition & Dietetics
Have you ever noticed that many overweight people drink more diet beverages? If you are trying to lose weight, try to minimize all diet drinks!
 
Drinking two or more a day can actually increase your waistline by as much as 70%, according to a study by the University of Texas School of Medicine.
 
Artificial sweeteners generally have a sweeter taste than sugar, which can lead to more frequent cravings for sweeter treats.
 
Diet drinkers also think they can eat more because they are “saving” on calories. This results in more calories and sugar intake, causing weight gain and larger waistlines, which increase the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and various cancers.
 
Diet pop also contains artificial colors and chemicals. Choose good old H20 and improve the flavor by adding citrus slices or fruit or drink carbonated water.

If you are craving something sweet, enjoy fruit or a small dessert!
Judy Caplan
Nutrition & Dietetics
Diet soda will not directly help you lose weight. Some studies show that drinking diet soda actually encourages you to crave sweets. Diet sodas are sweeter than most sugars. Acquiring a taste for very sweet foods may make you more likely to crave them. Diet sodas are also addictiveand can be full of caffeine. Diet sodas may help you if you can drink one in place of a high caloric snack. Generally speaking, I would avoid them and drink water instead.

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