Diet soda has less calories than regular soda. Therefore, it must be better for you. This is a myth that I am here to dispel.
Too many folks believe that drinking diet soda gives them a free pass to have a treat somewhere else in their day. Many people use this theory to add some fries or a dessert to their meal. If you save calories on the soda, it makes sense that you can eat more food, right? Wrong. There is no free pass. Diet soda is making you fat.
Another popular theory is that diet soda is actually a diet tool. It says so right in the name. With that in mind, most people who drink diet soda should be thin, but that’s not typically what you see. Rather, it tends to be the opposite.
I don’t know who came up with the idea of saving calories by drinking diet soda, but I often wonder what they’re being “saved” from. Is it versus regular soda? A better comparison would be versus water or tea which both have zero calories. So then, I ask you, what have you saved if you chose a diet drink rather than water?
Regular soda is adding something extra when we consider calories and sugar, but diet soda isn’t less. Nothing was removed from your meal when you chose the diet soda. Calories weren’t erased. Sugar didn’t disappear. These things weren’t there to start with. When we start with water, everything else is extra.
A better question would be to ask what you have gained by choosing a diet soda. It’s true that choosing a diet soda doesn’t add sugar or calories to your daily tally. Instead, it adds chemicals, and these chemicals are wreaking havoc inside your body.
Here’s what’s going on. When you feel hungry or you want something sweet, and you reach for a soda with sugar in it, your body gets satisfied. Sugar is a food that your body knows how to use. Note: This is not permission to drink soda. Stick with me. When you reach for a diet soda, your body tastes the sweet flavor from the chemicals in the soda, but it doesn’t get any carbohydrates from sugar. Your body doesn’t get anything of value.
Instead, your body keeps waiting for something that it can use. What happens next? You probably reach for a snack to satisfy your sweet tooth. Since the chemicals in diet soda are so much sweeter than real sugar, and your body is waiting for something to satisfy its expectations for foods that deliver carbohydrates or sugar, you may find yourself eating more than you would have if you’d never had the diet soda. You may not even have been hungry prior to drinking the soda.
Test this idea by noticing how you feel after your next diet soda. Does it satiate you or do you soon reach for food? If you only drink diet soda with meals, try this experiment between meals. Does it quench your thirst or does it leave you wanting something more? Do you feel hungrier after drinking the diet soda?
What should you do if you want something to drink but plain water just won’t do? Make this fizzy and bubbly drink to replace your diet soda. Squeeze a half of a lemon into seltzer water, and make your own flavored thirst quencher. Zero calories, zero chemicals. Your body will thank you.
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