Do Diet Sodas Wreck Your Metabolism?

By , SparkPeople Blogger
A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

Do Diet Drinks Mess Up Metabolisms?
Put down the diet soda. A new study has found that not only will it not help you lose weight, but it's actually linked to all sorts of problems, from obesity to heart disease. NPR

Before & After Photoshop.
Most photos you see in the media are all smoke and mirrors, especially those of female celebrities. This roundup of beautiful people before and after Photoshop puts things into perspective. Elephant Journal

30 Things to Do Before You Die
Rather than focusing on acquiring stuff or spending money, this "bucket list" compiles ideas to help you live life to the fullest, with love and true happiness at the forefront. Mind Body Green

The Lunch-Break Workout
This workout boasts that it will burn major calories without leaving you flushed and sweaty. Put it to the test! Women's Health

Dip, dip, hooray -- kids eat more veggies with flavored dips
Whether it's you or your kids caught in a struggle to eat more veggies, the solution is the same: If you don't like plain vegetables, don't eat them. Add a sauce or dip! Penn State

UN: Mexico Surpasses United States in Obesity
The United States is no longer the country with the highest adult obesity rate. Topping the list is Mexico, where much of the problem is blamed on its ranking as the #1 soda consumer in the world. New York Times

Time-Lapse Proves It Takes 365 Days to Become a Baller Dancer
If you've ever set out to reach a long-term goal, you'll relate to this inspiring video of a woman and her dream. If you believe it (and practice!), you can do it. Mashable

The Fat-Fighting Diet: 300-Calorie Breakfasts
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so jump-start your morning with a meal that's going to help fight hunger and burn fat. FITNESS magazine

60-Minute Cardio, Strengthening, and Stretching Workout
This hourlong workout combines running intervals with strength training to whip your whole body into shape. FitSugar
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I have attempted to tell my family that diet sodas are no healthier than soda in general. I do not encourage soda in my home or do I purchase any soda products when grocery shopping.
Great article! Report
1. I'm still not convinced about the evils of diet soda
2. That's dancing?? Report
I loved the photoshop article too! I want a new picture of me now but not like the Taylor Lautner example LOL Report
People should be more concerned with what the acid in diet soda does to their teeth. I'm not convinced people gain with diet soda, I read a research article that showed blood sugar/insulin levels after different sugar substitutes were consumed and fake sugar didn't cause insulin to rise. However that doesn't mean all the added chemicals in pop aren't bad for you in general... Report
That Photoshop article was a hoot, especially Taylor Lautner.. Thanks, a day without laughter is a day wasted. Report
This is the best advice and article that I have seen in a while ! Its true that soda destroy your enzymes !! Good Article - LiL Racer Report
I wish I'd known this was a roundup of all these interesting stories. I used to love that feature on Spark and would have missed it if I hadn't happened to open this one. I enjoyed the headline story less than the 365-day dancer and the 30 things to do, which were great. Report
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