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Is diet soda fattening?


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I like diet soda. It has zero calories an no sugar. But can it still cause weight gain? I have heard people say it can. So what's the verdict on diet soda and weight loss? Is it okay?

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Jan 17 2011 15:53
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 I've never gained drinking diet soda, but I don't drink it very often.

Some people feel that drinking diet soda makes you crave sugar and you end up eating more calories than you would if you skipped the soda completely.

I have never found this to be true, and I drank diet soda throughout my weight loss and continue to while I maintain.

It's kind of a complicated subject. 

Like AG says, the basic problem is that some people find it makes them crave sweet stuff more often.  But that's not true for everyone, I find it soothes my sugar cravings rather than makes them worse.

Another problem is the artificial sweetener most use, aspartame.  There's a lot of raving against that out there, a whole lot of it bunk, a good summary article is here.  But it's not all bunk, it does give some people headaches and should be avoided if it effects you that way.

Another problem is the phosphoric acid some diet sodas use, colas especially.  Studies have shown that may contribute to bone loss.  If that's a concern for you, avoid brands that contain phosphoric acid.

And then there's the caffeine thing, which is a whole 'nother subject. 

I will tell you that when I gave up drinking diet soda (I was drinking about a 2-liter a day - yes, really) and switched to water, I lost 15 pounds over three months without doing anything else differently.  Then I got sick of water and gained it back.  lol

Honestly, I don't know.  There are so many claims on both sides.  I've heard artificial sweeteners are really bad for you so I've stopped using them and cut out diet sodas as well.  Now I drink iced tea (no sugar) or water... sometimes Crystal Light.  I just figure it's better safe than sorry. 

my gyno told me that diet pepsi and ramen noodles are the worse things you can drink/eat if you are trying to lose weight. (the typical college food).. sooo idk.. i stay away from it:p

In his book "Ultra Metabolism Diet" Dr Hyman explains that digestion Begin's in the mouth.  The problem with diet soda is that when you tongue tastes the sweetness your stomach begins to produce chemicals to break down sugar.  When the soda gets there the body is like hey whoa wheres the sugar.  So what does your body do, it stores those chemicals it has just made putting toxins in your body that your liver now has to clean.  Diet soda may be good on the calorie count but ut us not good for your body.  I would recommend anyone reading thsi to go get this book and read for yourself what processed foods are doing to your bodies.

Original Post by pinkysmith:

I like diet soda. It has zero calories an no sugar. But can it still cause weight gain? I have heard people say it can. So what's the verdict on diet soda and weight loss? Is it okay?

There is no such thing as fattening food. Check the label though, as not all sugar free drinks are calorie free.

 

 

Original Post by joedaddy123:

In his book "Ultra Metabolism Diet" Dr Hyman explains that digestion Begin's in the mouth.  The problem with diet soda is that when you tongue tastes the sweetness your stomach begins to produce chemicals to break down sugar.  When the soda gets there the body is like hey whoa wheres the sugar.  So what does your body do, it stores those chemicals it has just made putting toxins in your body that your liver now has to clean.  Diet soda may be good on the calorie count but ut us not good for your body.  I would recommend anyone reading thsi to go get this book and read for yourself what processed foods are doing to your bodies.

Yeah, that's your problem right there, Hyman is a quack who as usual is wrong and couldn't be more confused about how your digestive system works if he'd tried, the salivary amylase works on complex starches while simple sugars are unaffected. There is absolutely no connection between taste receptors and digestive processes, no matter what the quack says.  

 But that Hyman is wrong is kinda par for the course

 As for the OP's question - what JP said; can't think of anything to add.

I have heard about diet soda causing weight gain by making you crave more food, and the fact that people who drink it tend to underestimate their caloric intake.

However, I always count my calories and never go over 2,000 for a day. So is diet soda okay if I watch what I eat, or does it directly cause weight gain somehow?

Original Post by pinkysmith:

I like diet soda. It has zero calories an no sugar. But can it still cause weight gain? I have heard people say it can. So what's the verdict on diet soda and weight loss? Is it okay?

 

 I drink diet soda almost daily, and drank it while losing weight, too. It didn't seem to have an effect on me at all.

 

Original Post by pinkysmith:

I have heard about diet soda causing weight gain by making you crave more food, and the fact that people who drink it tend to underestimate their caloric intake.

However, I always count my calories and never go over 2,000 for a day. So is diet soda okay if I watch what I eat, or does it directly cause weight gain somehow?

It does not directly cause weight gain.  Only indirectly, if it makes people eat over their calorie limits due to increased cravings.

Original Post by moralez:

I've heard artificial sweeteners are really bad for you so I've stopped using them and cut out diet sodas as well.  Now I drink iced tea (no sugar) or water... sometimes Crystal Light.  I just figure it's better safe than sorry. 

 If you're drinking crystal light you're still consuming aspartame/artificial sweeteners...i cut out all artificial sweeteners as well and was disappointed when i realized i had to stop drinking crystal light as well :(

Like others here have said, the annecdotal weight gain may be because artificial sweeteners are said to perpetuate a taste for sugary foods. Weight gain is through eating other sugary foods made more desirable by drinking the sugar free frink.

Personally, it doesn't work that way for me. I find a diet sprite (can't abide coke)every now and again (1 a fortnight -tops- is all I seem to "require") zaps a sugar craving rather than creates it. Not everyone's brain works the same I guess.

As for the Dr Hyman theory mentioned above: My BS alarm rings everytime someone mentions "toxins" as part of their diet/metabolism theory........freakin toxins.....sheesh!

I quit drinking all colas, sodas. Aspartame is so bad.  Causes headaches and stomach issues.  I was a big time Pepsi drinker and then went to diet dr. pepper that damaged the lining of my esophagus and made me really sick.

I am drinking vitamin water 0 and it has truvia.  ( love Mega C zero) I haven't had any side effects from it and it saves me from all those calories from colas.  I feel so much better and am getting some vitamins as well. My skin looks so much better!

Each person is different. If you like diet colas and it doesn't cause any problems then you are ok.  Just watch for sugar cravings and have something on hand like an apple or strawberries and grapes.  That used to work for me.

With truvia I don't get those craving as I did with diet pop. The downfall is that it is expensive. 

I drink diet soda every day.  Not a lot but probably between 12-20oz.  I've lost a lot of weight so I'd say it has little impact on weight gain/loss.

Also I don't remember it every making any cravings any worse.  As long as you're dedicated to the cause then it shouldn't be a big deal.

If diet coke is your undoing for weight loss then you lack the disicipline to lose weight.

@ Melkor:  You may think he is a quack, but I'm sure many people would disagree with you.  Following his program has helped me to lose many pounds.  I think the proof is in the pudding.    

Original Post by joedaddy123:

@ Melkor:  You may think he is a quack, but I'm sure many people would disagree with you.  Following his program has helped me to lose many pounds.  I think the proof is in the pudding.    

You lost weight by eating fewer calories than you burned, anything else is window-dressing.  Helpful window-dressing sometimes, but still window-dressing. 

That doesn't make a guy who developed a program where you ate less than you burned right about any nonsense he chooses to peddle, such as "toxins".

If artificial sweeteners are not toxins, then why does the EPA consider them hazardous waste?   Yep that's right the FDA says they are good for you EPA says they are hazardous. The EPA just removed saccharin from the list.  If you go to the EPA web site look it up, try Methanol (artificial sweetener ingredient) its a poison. They also state in there teh body cannot break it down.  Dont kid your self do the research. 



    

I can only speak for me, but, the artificial sweeteners and caffeine make me crave more sweets and I end up gaining weight when I  use them.

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