It is currently Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:45 pm

Free Newsletter

diet drinks

Got questions about weight loss? Ask the mob, they're sure to have the answers!

Moderator: Moderators

diet drinks

Postby greenice » Wed Feb 11, 2009 4:52 pm

I have heard the artificial sweeteners used instead of sugar in diet drinks is just as bad for you. Is this true? i avoid soft drinks completely but i was wondering anyway
greenice
 
Posts: 6
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 8:43 pm

Re: diet drinks

Postby EvilWombatQueen » Wed Feb 11, 2009 5:13 pm

Artificial sweeteners don't add calories, but they confuse the body and can result in you actually eating more food. One study with rats has shown that if rats eat food sweetened with artificial sweetener it makes them consume even more calories overall than if they'd had naturally sweetened food in the first place. One theory I've read to explain this is that when your body eats something sweet it expects a huge hit of calories and adjusts accordingly. When it doesn't get those calories it makes you hungry so you eat more, so the body will get its calories one way or the other. Another theory is that it stuffs up your metabolism because normally your body speeds up your metabolism after eating something sweet, but when there are no calories associated with it it goes the other way.

Another reason they're not great is because they are all acidic, artificially or naturally sweetened. If you choose to drink any type of soft drink you should rinse your mouth with water afterward so the acid doesn't damage your tooth enamel.
User avatar
EvilWombatQueen
 
Posts: 4516
Joined: Sat Nov 24, 2007 10:40 am
Location: Melbourne

Re: diet drinks

Postby greenice » Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:25 am

ah ok. very interesting
greenice
 
Posts: 6
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 8:43 pm

Re: diet drinks

Postby Mandie » Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:47 am

On another note, many people can suffer side effects from the artificial sweeteners like headaches, fatigue, bloating, gas, muscle weakness, etc.

I drank a LOT of diet coke over the last few years.. I started noticing that I was "needing" it more and more (up to 4-5 cans per day) and I was still feeling tired. I was also bloaty and gassy ALL the time - quite embarrassing obviously!

I stopped drinking so many diet drinks and I felt SO much better - more energy (okay, not at first - but I was withdrawing from caffeine!) and best of all, I was no longer embarrassingly gassy! And no longer bloated!

Best thing I ever did.. I limit diet drinks to once per week now and I feel so much better for it. Diet drinks are a great way to avoid the massive sugar loading of regular soft drinks, but everything should still be enjoyed in moderation - just because they are 1 calorie doesn't mean you can have unlimited numbers of them!
User avatar
Mandie
 
Posts: 2811
Joined: Thu Jul 27, 2006 11:34 pm
Location: Perth

Re: diet drinks

Postby fi_112 » Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:09 pm

I love diet coke. I gave it up for awhile and it did not help my weight loss at all, in fact I think it hindered it. I drink a lot of water as well so sometimes it's nice to have something yummy for 0 cals. Although I understand that the chemicals are probably really bad I don't think it hinders weight loss at all...
To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are
fi_112
 
Posts: 603
Joined: Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:43 pm

Re: diet drinks

Postby whit3tig3y » Fri May 01, 2009 3:28 pm

I shouldn't have read this because I just threw out half a can of pepsi max after reading it :lol: I love my diet drinks, but its mainly because they're convenient. I just have to go to the fridge and grab a can, where as with water i'd have to get the jug out, fill up my bottle, put the jug away etc.

I usually drink mostly water at work but I overload on pepsi max at home :( I'm going to try to fix this.
SW: 139.3kg - 01/01/2012
CW: 136.8kg - 08/01/2012
Goal: 60kg

Image
User avatar
whit3tig3y
 
Posts: 1885
Joined: Thu Jul 03, 2008 11:03 am
Location: Bridgetown, Western Australia


Return to Ask the Mob

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest