Saturday, March 31, 2012
To Soda or Not to Soda?? Is Diet Soda Making Us Fat?
I started drinking soda when I was a teenager. There was not diet soda then. Iím not sure when it was ďinventedĒ but sometime in the 70s-80s I guess. Anyway, like many other Americans I figured that I was saving some calories with the diet soda.
I have switched over to caffeine free soda many years back as I was having sleep issues.
Since I have gotten healthy, since I have been a SP member, I have tried a few times, unsuccessfully to kick the habit. I know itís not good for you. I know that it (aspartame) can cause memory loss. The soda itself can eat away at your bones (did you know that they use this stuff to remove gunk on your car battery terminals?) Yuk! Today I read that it can also lead to some types of cancer. How scary! Originally it was approved by the FDA as a drug, now itís in soda. WTH???
For those that have followed my journey on SP, remember my blog lamenting over my big belly? It turns out that the diet soda may be causing it.
Some Info I found online:
Diet soda drinkers have a 70% greater increase in waist circumference than those that didnít drink soda.
Those who drank 2 diet sodas or more a day had waist circumference increase of 500%.
You may be messing up your bodyís system because when it senses something sweet it expects high calories and if it gets the sweetness without the calories, it can throw off the system.
It may make your crave more and burn fewer calories than normal.
Adults who drank 1 or more diet soda a day have 50% higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome than those that didnít.
Today I told myself that Iíve got to get off the stuff. I canít go cold turkey so I figured that Iíd wean myself off of it. Only having one can a day and then every other day, etc., then none.
I also have to figure out what I am going to drink instead. I already drink LOTS of water, so Iím thinking that maybe Iíll have some juice once or twice a day, perhaps watered down and see how it goes.
I will be curious to see if thereís a difference in my waist size/look after a few weeks off of it.