How Diet Soda Can Torpedo Your Weight Loss Efforts
If you're looking to lose weight, you might be thinking that diet sodas are a safe choice. Not so, say researchers at Purdue University's Ingestive Behavior Research Center. In a recent study, they found that the artificial sweeteners invariably found in diet sodas can actually cause you to gain weight.
The study involved feeding rats both natural table sugar and artificial sweeteners. Results showed that rats that ingested no-calorie sweeteners ate more, gained more weight and packed on more body fat than did rats that ate regular table sugar. Researchers concluded that the appetite boost, weight gain and fat gain all resulted from the effects of artificial sweeteners on the brain.
This finding backs up prior research by the University of California - San Diego, which shows that the brain uses a learned relationship between sweetened foods and beverages and the calories that they provide to help regulate appetite and food intake. Ingesting artificial sweeteners can interfere with the brain's ability to properly register sugar-related caloric intake, causing your mind to think that your body isn't getting enough calories. This can cause a significant appetite boost, prompting you to overeat and back on extra pounds. Plus, prolonged ingestion of some artificial sweeteners has been linked with serious health issues including thyroid problems and certain cancers.
If you're looking to lose weight and need a little extra help choosing the right foods and beverages to fuel your weight loss efforts, Metabolic Research Center can help. Call 800-501-8090 to schedule an appointment with a weight loss counselor.
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