Is the word Diet really Diet? And how does it affect your Fitness Training?

The truth about diet sodas

It just kills me to see someone drinking a diet soda while they are working out or while doing some sort of fitness training!!! If they only knew what that was doing to there body they would freak out. Here they are trying to be so healthy by exercising, but little do they realize the health detriment that diet soda is doing to their body. 

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Like millions of others around the globe, you may love the refreshing taste of your favorite diet soda.

But the thing is, there are potential problems with drinking diet soda. One of the most unexpected and undesired? Weight gain. That’s right—the very thing you may suspect you’re avoiding by skipping the regular soda may be what you run right into if you’re not careful. But weight gain isn’t the only problem you may run into. Researchers have conducted studies that link diet soda to all sorts of health maladies, including strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems.soda. With each sip, you relish in the knowledge that you’re saving calories by drinking diet instead of regular soda, so you may rationalize the amount of soda you consume. But is diet soda really a healthy alternative or are there health risks associated with drinking too much of this beverage?

Are these claims valid? And what’s the real skinny on diet sodas? You’re about to find out.

Diet Sodas = Weight Gain?

A recent 10-year study followed 474 diet soda drinkers between the ages of 65 and 74. After this prolonged period, those whose who drank diet soda gained 70 percent more weight in their waists than non-drinkers. Unfortunately, the bad news doesn’t end there. Because those who drank two or more diet drinks a day experienced waist growth that was an incredible five times faster than non-soda drinkers. And with this weight gain came an increase in other health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other chronic medical conditions.

According to another study, the ingredient in diet sodas that may contribute to weight gain was the artificial sweetener aspartame. This sweetener raises raise blood sugar levels and increases your risk of diabetes. Experts speculate that artificial sweeteners trigger your appetite but inhibit the cells in your brain that tell you that you’re full. With such a dangerous combination, your body craves more calories, while your ability to cease and desist is diminished.

Diet Sodas = Higher Risk for Heart Attack and Stroke – WHAT?!

Gaining weight is a pretty bad consequence of drinking diet soda. But it gets worse. One study conducted on approximately 2,500 people over a nine-year period found that those who drank at least one diet soda a day were 48 percent more likely to have a stroke or heart attack compared to those who rarely or never drank sodas. Strangely, there wasn’t an increase in cardiovascular problems for those who drink regular soda on a daily basis.

The research, however, doesn’t scientifically prove that diet soda increases your risk for heart disease, as the study was lacking important variables. The findings are worth considering, however. Especially as regular soda did not seem to increase an individual’s risk for cardiovascular health problems.

Diet Sodas = Kidney Problems

Ready for some more bad news? Hang on tight! Yet another study has found that while drinking diet soda may lower your caloric intake, it may also double your risk of developing kidney problems. The research found that women who drank two or more diet sodas a day lost 30 percent of their kidney function during the study. It also showed that drinking less than two diet beverages a day does not seem to have a negative effect.

In the last 20 years, diagnoses of kidney disease have doubled in America alone. Researchers suspect something in the American diet must account for this trend, and drinking diet soda may play an integral role.

Duh!

 A Special Treat

While studies about the potential dangers of diet soda have not all been scientifically conclusive, they should make you stop and think before opening your next can of diet soda. But you don’t have to give up your favorite drink altogether, as small amounts don’t seem to be cause for concern.

So the question is, if regular sugar soda isn’t good for you, and diet soda isn’t healthy either, what should you drink? If you guessed water, you’re right. Pat yourself on the back!

My favorite drink when I need something with that carbinated burn is LaCroix Sparkling Water. They have increased there product line and some of the flavors are fantastic...check them out - http://www.lacroixwater.com/

Other healthy choices include small amounts of 100-percent fruit juice or skim milk. If you don’t care for the taste of water, try adding a squirt of cranberry juice or lemon to your water, or try sparkling water I mentioned above. Heck even iced tea will get the job done… NO sugar NO fake sweeteners - use stevia instead (http://www.intheraw.com/products/stevia-in-the-raw)

Listen, no one else is going to tell you this, so I will. Losing weight (specially fat) takes work. You gotta plan your eating, make working out a priority and dump your bad habits and the people who encourage you to eat crap and skip your workouts. If you would like to try one of our High Intensity Workouts grab one of our 3 FREE days Fitness Pass - you will love the results you get!! And bring a friend with you :) 

 

References

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/diet-soda-good-or-bad

https://www.t-nation.com/diet-fat-loss/tip-the-truth-about-diet-soft-drinks

http://time.com/3746047/diet-soda-weight-gain/