It could be much worse than you could ever imagine.
For years I ignored negative talk about artificial sweeteners and diet soda. I believed just the opposite, that it helped me control weight since it was zero calories and ate or drank enough would fill me up.
I consumed 3-10 cans of diet soda daily for almost 40 years. I also consumed large quantities of sugar free drinks, go days without drinking just water. My entire life I have been 120 to 300 pounds over my ideal weight. Each decade between teens, twenty's, thirty's and now forty's have gradually gained weight. 200-300 pounds overweight these past 10 years. All my weight loss attempts have been eating correctly, tracking calories, and eating more vegetables. Exactly how a dietitian would recommend a normal person to eat and how most normal weight people who eat healthy on a daily basis. All healthy eating lifestyle attempts failed due to constant hunger, uncontrollable food binges and sugar cravings even at a 2500 -3000 calories per day.
When making perfect food choices, cutting out all the sugars I found myself craving sweets the same as when consuming large amounts of sugar. My entire life I had been hungry shortly after meals regardless how little, much or often I would eat. I found vegetables do not taste all that good,but forced myself to eat them. Overate wheather it was all healthy or junk food. Did not matter or seem to effect my natural cravings for sweets.
About a year ago, after exchanging emails with Sean Anderson. Who inspired me from the book he wrote. Transformation Road, My trip to over 500 pounds and back again. I decided to look deeper into the possible cause of my own lifetime weight loss struggles. Mid January I decided to stop drinking diet soda. I still allowed myself to drink sugar free drinks like Propel and Vitamin water zero. I lost about 30 pounds and noticed I was less hungry. Mid February I took it one step further and decided to eliminate all artificial sweeteners from my diet. I lost another 60 pounds and shocked very little food would make me full and keep me satisfied for a very long time. Not being hungry all the time was a new and life changing experience. I was very easy for me to loose weight naturally, eating vegetables become a craving. I now crave water and did not miss drinking diet soda or sugar free drinks.
From June through mid December I became too busy with work, made that my 1st priority and did not track my daily calorie intake and gained 40 of the 90 lbs back. I made poor food choices, however still drank gallon water per day and avoided artificial sweeteners. I noticed I was consuming a lot of sugar and craving sweets again. Nowhere near the levels I were when consuming artificial sweeteners. I was enjoying how much better I felt without the artificial sweeteners in my diet I neglected the lesser of the two evils, sugar. How too much sugar will effect you.
While it's been just a short two weeks of making healthy choices again, loosing 20 of the 40 gained back. Cutting out most of the sugar feels amazing without artificial sweeteners. As if flipping a light switch, no longer being hungry and craving sweets all the time. It's an awesome feeling having my current eating habits feel natural and being able to eat how I have always wanted.
If your someone who believes they are not sensitive to artificial sweeteners. Do yourself a favor and try 1) No artificial sweeteners 2) eliminate most of the sweets(sugar) from your diet. See if you notice that you crave more vegetables and healthy foods & is easy to reach your daily calorie goal.
| Pounds lost: 91.0