Doctors, dieticians, trainers, and nutritionists have all been known to prescribe diet soda as an alternative to regular soda. It has fewer calories, contains no sugar, and often has a comparable great taste. So what’s the problem with diet soda? It sounds like a very healthy alternative; well think again. Not only has there been years of research touting the dangers of diet soda, new research also suggests some other hidden dangers.
It’s Diet, Have All You Want
Everything in moderation is a mantra that many people live by. For some reason, this gets thrown out the door with diet soda. Many people seem to believe that because it contains 0-5 calories, it can be consumed limitlessly. A decade long study by doctors at the University of Texas – San Antonio presented in 2011 showed that diet soda drinkers experienced 70 percent greater increases in waist circumference compared with non-users. The study performed on subjects in the San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging also showed that people, who considered themselves frequent users, consuming 2 or more diet sodas a day, increased their waistline by over 500 percent compared to non-users. Calories add up. Read more
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Are you really eating in moderation? You really don’t know if you aren’t keeping an accurate food journal. I have spent countless hours helping people construct healthy eating plans who have told me that they eat everything in moderation. Once I have them keep track of their food intake, we discover that their moderation isn’t moderate at all. Here are some common mistakes:
A Glass is not a Cup
A serving of juice is measured as 1 cup. In case you don’t know, a glass of juice is not a cup of juice. Chances are it’s about 2 ½ cups of juice. Therefore instead of 1 serving and 100 calories, you had 2.5 servings and 250 calories. An extra 150 calories here and there leads to an extra 2-3 pounds here and there.
I only had 1 or 2
Frequent trips to the cupboard and grabbing one cookie might fool you, but believe me your metabolism isn’t fooled at all. Be honest with yourself about how many trips to the cookie cupboard you actually took. If you aren’t honest with yourself, your weight gain will. When you are writing in your journal, write everything.
1 of everything is Still 1 of EVERYTHING
I have actually heard people say that they are on the 1 of everything diet. They wholeheartedly believe they are indulging less by sampling everything as opposed to eating a bunch of one thing. There are numerous theories behind this and rather than listing them all, I will say, they are wrong. Sampling one of everything usually provides a ton of calories and sugar just as eating a bunch of one treat does.
Your Daughter’s Leftovers Count
Unfortunately the 2 bites of chicken and half a slice of garlic bread you cleaned off your daughters plate (into your mouth) has to be counted as well. You can’t hide from the truth about calories. It has to be written in your food journal as well.
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