I’ve been off the booze since the royal wedding and have thus switched to zero calorie diet drinks when I’m out socialising. And while I have noticed I’ve lost weight :-), feel trimmer and more toned as a result, I was a wee bit concerned at how much diet drinks I have been consuming. I mean, normally I would only have the odd glass here and there but to keep up with my social life, I found I was glugging a lot more of the stuff so decided to do a little research in to it. And I wasn’t happy with what I found…..
Diet drinks can still make you fat and worse! A 10 year study of about 500 men and women linked low-cal soft drinks with bulging headlines. The study carried out at the University of Texas showed that those who drank two or more fizzy drinks a day saw their waistbands expand at least five times more than those who never touch the stuff. The boffin who conducted the study also found that artificial sweeteners used in such drinks:
Created a sweet tooth – leaving
us craving extra-sweet and unhealthy treats.
Confused the appetite – so unlike regular sugar, it
won’t curb the appetite
Can cause damage to brain cells.
The worse thing was that the results were still the same even when factors such as exercise, education and smoking were taking into account. So clearly no amount of my running would fix that! 😦
The odd diet drink is not going to kill you – not everyone drinks 2 to 3 servings of the stuff on a daily basis. But where possible I believe you should switch to water. We should also naturally sweeten our food and drinks but in moderation. Artificial sweeteners are chemicals that may be free of calories, but not of consequences. Right barman, make mine a H2O with a slice of lime please 🙂