How Diet Soda Boggles Your Brain

Diet Sodas Trick the Brain

When losing weight, switching to a low-calorie diet soda may seem a no-brainer. Unfortunately, it's a move that can actually play tricks on your brain and cause you to gain weight. That's because diet sodas are packed with artificial sweeteners that can actually cause you to eat more, research shows.

In a recent study by Purdue University's Ingestive Behavior Research Center, rats that were given no-calorie sweetener ate more, gained more weight and packed on more body fat than did rats that ate regular table sugar. Researchers surmised that the appetite boost and the weight and fat gain resulted from the effects of artificial sweeteners on the brain. 

Their conclusion backs up research by the University of California - San Diego, which shows that the brain uses a learned relationship between sweetened foods or beverages and the calories that they provide to help regulate food intake. Introducing artificial sweeteners throws off the brain's ability to register sugar-related caloric intake. As a result, the brain is tricked into thinking the body needs more calories, and the body reacts with an appetite boost. And when you cave into your increased appetite, you pack on the pounds. Plus, prolonged ingestion of certain artificial sweeteners also has been linked with serious health issues including thyroid problems and some cancers.

If you're looking to lose weight, nutrition specialists with Metabolic Research Center can help develop a custom diet and exercise plan just for you. Call 800-501-8090 to schedule a consultation.



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