When speaking to people about weight loss, always the subject of soft drink, soda or pop gets a mention. To avoid confusion in this article I will refer to such drinks as pop.
Now, unless you’ve lived under a rock or you simply have rocks in your head, you know that drinking soda will hamper your weight loss efforts.
Bad for your teeth, bad for your overall well being and really bad for the weight.
To exemplify the point, an ordinary 355ml can of soda has 140 calories and 39 grams of sugar! That’s a enormous amount of sugar!
Can you eat that much sugar by option? The response I expect, is no. The truth is, we could slam down a can of soda in under 5 minutes and in doing so are consuming 9 teaspoons of sugar.
Common sense dictates this is an unhealthy practice and if attempting to shed weight and must be avoided at all costs.
So what about diet pop? Could they be consumed when you want to drop weight?
Since most people would do when attempting to answer questions like this, we shall ‘Google’ it. Give it a go! I did and got about two million search results ranging from diet sodas will make you fat, to diet sodas don’t have any effect whatsoever on weight loss.
Where does this leave the average person who’s trying to shed weight? Confused? You Bet!
At a fundamental level they seem benign to our efforts to lose weight, after all it has zero calories and sugar. Now, basically weight loss is a very simple equation of a individual using more calories than consumed, forcing your body to burn stored energy resources like fat, which causes weight reduction.
With regards to how they affect weight loss, theoretically they ought to be OK since they contain no calories or sugar. When looking at the study it becomes even more confusing, as many studies website diet soda as a cause of weight gain whilst others say diet soda will help weight loss.
Without going into the merits of each one these studies (some of which do not even charge their sources), it’s safe to state an argument could be mounted on each side. It appears, as with plenty of health and fitness related issues, opinions can be broken.
What the study does not tell you is why there’s a correlation, in reality the causation for your weight gain is unclear.
In attempting to interpret the results Fowler hypothesizes that: “It might be that normal-weight men and women in our research whose weight was increasing had switched to diet soda in an effort to stop their weight gain,” she said. “That is a very real possibility. Another is that drinking soda, either diet or regular, is part of a lifelong ‘Obey your thirst’ nutritional routine that sets up someone for weight gain later in life.
But Fowler pointed out if somebody is drinking them, he or she’s drinking it to the exclusion of healthy alternatives like water, milk, or juice. “Can you think of one good thing that comes out of a diet soda can on your body? You are giving yourself the flavor of nourishment without any at all, so it might be that you seek it from other foods, such as high-calorie desserts,” she said. “Even though you fool your tongue, you do not fool your mind. It’s not satisfied. What our investigations indicate for certain is that drinking them won’t protect someone from the health impacts of the remainder of their lifestyle.”
Personally I feel the analysis, which was conducted over an extended time period, involved a wide assortment of participants within the community. These participants bring with them a selection of factors, that weren’t measured by the analysis, which might have influenced their weight reduction. Factors like individual health, genetics, wealth, employment, stress and a assortment of other factors all could have influenced the participants weight gain, not the diet soda alone.
Irrespective of the reason, the research still suggests that drinking diet soda results in weight gain. No! Is it something you should take under account when attempting to drop weight? Definitely?
Fundamentally my main issue with diet pop is, you do not understand what the hell is inside. It tastes fine and is refreshing, but in it’s rawest form it’s a whole lot of chemicals which have been carefully blended to make a beverage that has zero nutritional value.
Common sense tells us that putting unnatural chemicals in our body on a regular basis isn’t a healthy practice. Imagine what it’s doing to your insides!
Diet variations of sodas are a better choice if you’re attempting to drop weight, however it is still unnatural and studies are showing that, whilst we aren’t certain why, folks are still gaining weight intensive diet soda.
No. But what it does mean is, even if you’re drinking diet pop everyday, believing that you’re choosing the healthier option, you’re mistaken. You’re consuming far too many substances for my liking.
In an ideal world I should be telling you to not drink soda all together. Why? Because I am not perfect, I enjoy a social drink and that I decide to use diet soda as my mixer. I consider diet pop to be the lower of the two evils.
What I can say, is that I drink diet soda during the day. If you’re drinking diet soda regular look at cutting back, especially if you’re drinking it to quench your thirst.