Does drinking diet soda make you fat? If yes, why bother getting a “diet” soda when the effects are pretty much the same as a regular soda?
Let’s get into the facts first. Diet sodas are so called “diet” because of the low (to no) calorie and sugar content compared to regular soda. Lower calorie and sugar content means it does not directly add to your weight. However, diet sodas use artificial sweeteners that, according to studies, affect your taste buds and the balance of your body’s chemicals. This imbalance makes you crave more sweets and high calorie foods, which may lead to weight gain and other diseases.
So, does drinking diet soda make you fat? Yes, if you drink more than what is recommended. No, if you keep it minimal.
Is it “better” to drink diet soda? No. Diet soda and regular soda both have zero nutritional value. It’s a quick sugar fix, but the negative effects are long-term, that’s why many doctors recommend staying away from it. If you’re really aching for it, then one diet soda is better than a regular soda, as long as you stop there. One can a week won’t hurt, but if you want to live healthier, kick the habit and look for better alternatives such as infused water!
Health Benefits of Detox Water
The more you drink these detox water recipes, the better your digestion (and less indigestion!) will be! It also aids in weight loss, helps flatten your belly, and increases your metabolism!
Drinking detox water supports:
- liver cleanse
- removes toxins
- clearer skin
- weight loss
- better digestion
- increases hydration
- improves mood
- decreases risk of kidney stones
- improves energy levels
- balances pH levels in the body
In Kennedy’s (Kelly Kennedy, RD, nutritionist for Everyday Health) opinion, other unhealthy lifestyle factors “often go along with frequent soda consumption, which compounds soda’s effect on health. Oftentimes, when someone is having a soda, they’re not making the best food choices either.”
Thirsty? Try One of These 8 Refreshing Alternatives to Soda
- Infuse your water with delicious flavors
- Go natural with green tea, hot or iced
- Add juice to seltzer and you’ve got “Jeltzer” to fake a lemon-lime soda for a citrus fix
- Red wine is fine, when consumed in moderation
- Juice fresh vegetables, no chopping needed
- If you can’t do dairy, consider soy milk
- Let loose and brew your tea with an infuser
- If you need caffeine, have a cup of black coffee