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Diet Soda Makes You Fat

Most people drink diet soda because they are watching their weight, which means counting calories and fat grams. Makes sense, right?

Wrong! Recent research shows that the more diet soda people drink, the more weight they gain. Researchers are not exactly sure why this occurs, but fingers are being pointed at the fact that people consciously eat more if they drink diet soda because they think they can. The thought process they are referring to is: "I'll have a whopper with cheese and a regular coke. You know what, make that a diet coke and add on a large fry."

Soda's reputation is going down the toilet (literally, in some ways). First, we find out that soda makes for brittle bones, and now it can make you fat. I'll stick with juice, tea, water and coffee, thanks.

Fit's Tip: For food it's everything in moderation, no matter what you put in your mouth. A diet soda won't help in your weight loss quest if you're still getting way too many calories from other foods (not to mention the amount of artificial sweeteners you're taking in).

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yayita yayita 10 years
no way dude, I see the over compensation point but no way you can gain weight from something that has no calories . Damn it! Im gonna have to stop drinking soda too :( :cry:
ChanelLover ChanelLover 10 years
I used to have an addiction to diet coke, I most definitely gained weight during the period because I would reach for bin candy, pizza, popcorn and everything you can think of that was bad for you. Now a days my diet cokes are treats... like candy.
pinkyplum pinkyplum 10 years
I can totally see that. I think it's what you correlate the soda with, not the soda itself. Whenever I have a diet soda I crave things like popcorn, pizza, or chips because the only time I had it was on "special occasions" (movies, parties, pizza night). Plus, all that carbonation makes you puffy. Stick to water or crystal light!!
lemuse20 lemuse20 10 years
I've lost weight with diet soda in my diet, it helped me going. Diet soda in itself doesn't make you fat.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
Well I quit drinking all types of sodas just because of all the additives in it and turned to fruit juices, like cranberry, grape, and orange. Now that I know about the calories and/or unnessecary ingredients in them, I feel like mineral water is the only thing to drink. What's next in line that's going to be bad for us?
mmtoto mmtoto 10 years
soda is basically soda, diet or not. if you're on a diet and are trying to lose weight, dont drink it or drink it sparingly. labels on drinks and food, especially soda usually lie. think about it: is it really possible to have a calorie free soda?
Casimira Casimira 10 years
I've also heard that aspartame is a really concentrated sweetener and that it can actually increase your desire to eat sweet foods. I didn't bother to look it up (which is what I usually do when someone spins something like that at me :) ) because I can't consume aspartame. It gives me migranes. But if it's true, it makes a certain amount of sense.
JennaV JennaV 10 years
Thanks for the info, fit. The second theory is very feasible but not the first (at least not to me). I don't really think I know of anyone who thinks they can eat more since they drink diet pop.
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 10 years
I've never consumed more food because I thought I was sparing myself some calories by drinking diet. That kinda defeats the whole point, doesn't it? I mean, I totally get that a lot of people simply eat whatever they want to eat, but drink diet soda so they won't take in *additional* calories -- but the idea that a person will allow themselves to eat more than they would otherwise have eaten simply because they are drinking calorie free soda. . . that's just goofy.
Fitness Fitness 10 years
JennaV, there are two theories. One (more psychological) is that you overcompensate when you drink diet "pop" and so you'll have that double whopper (instead of a single whopper) because you are thinking you are being good by drinking diet. The other theory (more chemical) is that diet pop increases the gastric acid secretion, which researchers think could aid in weight gain. They are still researching both.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Root Beer is really high in sodium, so that would totally explain the bloat. I love the Diet Cream Soda! I always order diet at fast food places, too, just because I prefer diet. It just seems like such a contradiction that it's funny! Bluejeannie is a MN girl all the way - what with her POP and such! :) (for me, it's soda AND pop).
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
Oh Bluejeanie you must be from the midwest!! I am too! I always say pop, and now that I live in the south I get ripped on for saying that. But it will always be POP to me :)
lemuse20 lemuse20 10 years
I havent had a regular nondiet soda in 2 years, so I don't remember what I'm missing. I love diet A&W rootbeer. It's caffiene free and it tastes good, and it makes you kinda bloat (I dont know why) so you feel full. I don't recommend drinking it before a date or something, you'll feel like a balloon. But trust, if you dont wanna feel hungry... diet rootbeer.
JennaV JennaV 10 years
How can you gain weight from diet pop if it has no calories?
girly_girl girly_girl 10 years
That is so me, ordering my combo meal at McD's with a diet soda. It just makes me feel better/healthier...i guess. :P
DStirk DStirk 10 years
POP! i have not heard soda be called pop is so long! So great!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I like diet jones soda cream soda. mm mm mmm I'm all in.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
i didn't ever see the point of diet pop, it tastes like crap.
DStirk DStirk 10 years
ha, i used to always get a supersize number two (from mcdonalds) and a diet coke.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Like I've said before, I only 'get' (diet) soda once I've consumed my water for the day, then it's a treat. I've never had the mindset that drinking a calorie-free drink entitled me to eat more. But I've always loved that "Big Mac...with a DIET Coke."
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