We have all heard the studies and cases that state that diet soda makes you gain weight. The artificial sweeteners can give you cancer according to some. It makes your body think there is sugar when there isn’t and so you go on a binge to make up for the phantom sugar. Well now there is a new study that says that diet soda may actually help you lose weight as opposed to gaining it.
Dr. Jim Hill of the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Health and Wellness Center conducted the study with the help of a grant funded by the American Beverage Association. The study took 300 adults and split them into two different groups. All of these adults currently chose diet soda as their drink of choice. One of the groups was asked to continue drinking diet. The other group had to drink water and drop diet soda cold turkey.
Both of the groups underwent the same coaching on their fitness, and had roughly the same meal plans. They all started at an average weight of just over 200 pounds. What they found at the end of the 12 week study was that the group that was asked to drink just water had lost an average of 9 pounds per person over the 12 weeks. The group that was still drinking soda lost an average of 13. How is this possible?
Dr. Hill explains that when you are so used to something like drinking soda, it is really hard to quit. If you are trying to do something else while having to quit it can be harder for you to focus on the other task. This includes diet and exercise. If you are feeling stressed or tense about not drinking the sweetener that you love you may stress eat more and eat more calories.
We can take this with a grain of salt however because the study was only 12 weeks. More research would be needed to determine whether this is a true claim or not.