Well Being

Just Because Diet Soda Won’t Kill You Doesn’t Mean It Should Replace Water

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woman drinking soda out of strawAfter years of speculation and researchers telling us to steer clear of our beloved carbonated beverages, it now seems that quenching your thirst with a cold can of diet soda may actually help in weight loss. Or so we're told…

A new study, published in the scientific journal Obesity and funded by the American Beverage Association, suggests that diet drinks may be the best drink of choice when it comes to weight loss rather than good ‘ol H2O.

Wait. What? Really? Call me a skeptic, but I'm not buying it. We already know the effects the bubbly drink can have on frequent drinkers. So why should we all of a sudden switch out water for chemical-filled, artificially sweetened diet soda?

For 12 weeks, the study followed 303 men and women, who were all on the same diet. One half of the group was told to drink 24 oz. of water per day (which still isn't enough, in my opinion), while the other half was told to curb thirst with 24 oz. worth of diet drinks per day.

So after those 12 weeks, what did researchers find? The participants who opted for diet beverages lost an average of 14.2 pounds, while the water-guzzling group lost an average of just 10 pounds.

Hmm. Was it really because of the diet soda, though? What does this all mean? Well, researchers are still a bit unsure. (As am I…)

After the study, participants were asked to fill out a questionnaire ranking their levels of hunger. Diet-soda drinkers rated less hungry than those only drinking water. Is it just me, or is this the weird part? Usually after I drink diet soda (which is rare), I usually find myself more hungry.

Call me a skeptic, but with this new study, only one thing remains true: no one actually knows if drinking diet drinks will help with weight loss. Until we have some solid data proving that some of our favorite artificially sweetened drinks greatly help to curb hunger and aid in weight loss, I'd say we should just stick to what we know works: plain, boring, but incredibly healthy (!) water. Boring is better, people!

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