I believe that there is some link between artificial sweeteners and weight plateaus. BUT... I am not sure what it is. My FIL is a cancer researcher and has been involved in some of the research into artificial sweeteners and cancer. But, in his research, what he has found is that the reason why there tends to be a corrolation between weight gain and plateaus and artificial sweeteners is because when people switch to artificial sweeteners, they haven't changed their diets the way they should and are more likely to consume unhealthier foods. This is really with diet sodas more than sweeteners for coffee. I drink 2 cups of coffee a day with splenda.
Oh and this is from Diet Doctor Gillian McKeith:
"Coffee contains caffeine-a stimulant drug also present in tea nd cola drinks. When you drink too much coffee, your blood pressure rises, leaving you feeling anxious and restless. The paradox is that although coffee is a stimulant, it overworks the adrenal glands, tiring out both them and you.
More over, all coffee, even decaf can stimulate skin again, It also reducing the absorption of iron and zinc by upto 50%, which can compromise your immune system. Wean yourself off coffee slowly. Instead start drinking a rotation of herbal teas, such as peppermint, camomile, dandelion, nettle and red clover"
But... like I said... I LOVA ME A CUP A COFFEE! And while I have cut back to two cups a day, I don't think I could ever give it up entirely. I even have gone to decaf... I just love the way it tastes!
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