Well Being

Give Up Diet Soda, Lose Weight?

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Diet sodaMSNBC has an interesting article online right now about 9 strategies to lose weight that were tested on a sample of people, and how much on average was lost. One of the tips that caught my eye was to stop drinking all soda, including diet.

Now, we all know sugary sodas are bad for you. They're full of high fructose corn syrup and other chemicals. You can easily down 200 – 300 calories without thinking about it – and without becoming full.

But why diet soda? This article (from earlier this year) says that a study showed those who consumed diet sodas were more likely to be overweight. Specifically, a 41 percent increase in the chance of becoming overweight for each can of diet soda consumed (per day).

I've been a strictly diet soda drinker for ten years now, and I have to say if this was really the case, I would probably weigh 300 pounds. However, my weight is right in the middle of a healthy range. I did give up diet soda for a month to see if it made a difference – but the only thing I noticed was that I felt more sluggish. I didn't lose an ounce!

It's true that all the chemicals in diet soda are bad for you and probably won't help you lose weight. Water really is best for weight loss – at least 8 glasses a day.

If you're a diet soda drinker, I don't think there's any need to give it up. It's not as unhealthy as some habits that are condoned in this country, like drinking and smoking. Let's face it, if drinking diet soda is your worst vice, then you're probably pretty well off!

Have you tried giving up diet drinks for weight loss? What was your experience? Let me know in the comments!