Are Diet Sodas Causing Stubborn Belly Fat?
If you’re a fan of diet soda, you probably started drinking these zero-calorie beverages years ago. I’m guessing you thought they’re a good way to cut calories without sacrificing satisfaction. That’s certainly how they’ve been marketed over the years. It’s just common sense: Anything with zero calories can’t contribute to weight gain, and might even help you lose weight. Right?
Diet soda needs a new name. I suggest Diet-Wrecking Soda. It’s not just that diet soda is neutral when it comes to weight loss/weight maintenance. No, it’s far worse. These drinks are actually sabotaging your efforts. They may even be contributing to disease. That’s right. Not only are you not cutting calories by drinking these beverages—you’re probably setting yourself up for weight gain, and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
It’s hard to believe, isn’t it? But mounting evidence clearly shows it’s true. One study concluded that diet soda drinkers gained nearly three times as much abdominal fat as non-drinkers, over nine years. Still not convinced? Another recent study concluded that diet soda drinkers were about 34% more likely to suffer from the metabolic syndrome—a cluster of conditions that may include high blood pressure, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and/or type 2 diabetes. The relative risk of diabetes rose by a startling 67% among diet soda drinkers versus non-drinkers. People with the metabolic syndrome are at increased risk for heart attack and early death.
Maybe we need to change the name from “diet soda” to “death soda.”
Need still more evidence that these drinks—and the artificial sweeteners in them—are basically toxic? Consider this: New evidence, published recently in the influential journal, Nature, suggests that drinking diet soda is linked to disturbances in one’s gut microbiome. As my regular readers will know, the gut microbiome is the collection of communities of microorganisms—primarily bacteria—which live in our digestive tracts and have a profound impact on our everyday health.
In the Nature study, mice fed artificial sweeteners experienced gut microbiome disturbances that led to metabolic changes in the animals’ ability to handle blood glucose. This type of dysfunction is a well-known precursor to type 2 diabetes and weight gain.
3 secret tips to a flat stomach:
1) Drink green tea with a drop or two of natural stevia to sweeten every morning.
2) Limit your sodium intake
3) Fiber, eat a diet high in fiber