In the first two parts of this series we looked at some negative consequences of drinking diet soda and thinking it will aid your weight loss effort. The first reason that diet soda will slow your dream of losing belly fat is that it is full of sodium. The second bad news came with the fact that diet sodas are famous for filling you with bloat!
Myth #3 Since diet sodas are made with artificial sweeteners and have no calories they will not impact your diet.
There are a number of sugar substitutes with more coming on the market all the time. Remember the days of saccharin? We’ve come a long way in terms of artificial sweeteners tasting acceptable!
The problem with the substitutes is that they cause responses in the body that are the same as when sugar is consumed. These are conditioned responses that we have no control over.
When you consume an artificial sweetener there is a subconscious process that takes place. The sweet taste induces an insulin response. This response causes blood sugar to be stored as fat.
There have been a number of studies in the last several years with animals trying to understand exactly what happens. The bottom line in every study has been that the animals eat more when given a sugar substitute and gain weight.
While we may not understand the science behind it, the facts are in on artificial sweeteners. They are definitely a “no go” if you are trying to lose belly fat. If you think about it, how many times have you seen some of the heaviest people around with a diet soda always in their hand?
We have kidded ourselves when it comes to diet soda for years. The fact is that on a number of levels it is likely to be keeping us from success with our weight loss goals.