I have always wanted to know more about what the actual difference is between diet and regular sodas.
A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that people who drank diet soda gained almost triple the abdominal fat over nine years as those who didn’t drink diet soda.
Those answers ended up being extremely predictive of abdominal-fat gain, even after the researchers adjusted for factors like diabetes, smoking and levels of physical activity. That change in waist circumference is especially concerning because it highlights an unfortunate truth about weight distribution: the belly is a bad place for extra pounds. Researchers in the new study found that belly-fat gain was most pronounced in people who were already overweight.
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If losing weight were all about the calories, then consuming diet drinks would seem like a good idea. A new 14-year study of 66,118 women (supported by many other previous studies) found that the opposite seems to be true. The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, discovered some frightening facts that should make us all swear off diet drinks and products.
Women who drank one 12-ounce diet soda had a 33 percent increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, and women who drank one 20-ounce soda had a 66 percent increased risk. Women who drank diet sodas drank twice as much as those who drank sugar-sweetened sodas because artificial sweeteners are more addictive and are hundreds to thousands of times sweeter than regular sugar. You might say that people who are overweight and just about to get diabetes drink more diet soda, but they scientifically controlled for body weight. Artificial sweeteners are hundreds to thousands of times sweeter than regular sugar, activating our genetically-programmed preference for sweet taste more than any other substance. In animal studies, the rats that consumed artificial sweeteners ate more, their metabolism slowed, and they put on 14 percent more body fat in just two weeks — even eating fewer calories. In population studies, there was a 200 percent increased risk of obesity in diet soda drinkers.
The diet and food industry has brainwashed us to eat fat-free foods, which seems like common sense.
We did a 10-day sugar-free detox with our online community, and 600 people lost more than 4,000 pounds in 10 days!
If you ate the higher-fat, higher-protein diet (of exactly the same calories), it is the equivalent of running for one hour a day. The food industry would have us believe that controlling our weight is about personal responsibility.
And those slick combinations of sugar, fat and salt in junk and processed food have hijacked our taste buds, our brain chemistry, and our metabolism. New research shows that industrial food full of processed sugars, fats, salt, and chemicals are powerfully addictive. And what’s even more interesting is that while cocaine and heroin activate only one spot for pleasure in the brain, sugar lights up the brain like a pinball machine.
If these foods are addictive and drive overeating, then the whole idea of moderation just doesn’t work.
Drinking 32 ounces of Gatorade after a workout is a dumb idea, unless you run around like Kobe Bryant on the basketball court for 48 minutes. Please leave your thoughts by adding a comment below – but remember, we can’t offer personal medical advice online, so be sure to limit your comments to those about taking back our health! Dr Mark Hyman can be followed on a number of the most popular social networks, click on any of the links below to keep up to date!
Now over 35 percent of Americans are obese, and almost 70 percent are overweight.  This is not an accident but the result of careful marketing and money in politics.
Is that a good thing?  In fact, it may be worse than having us all drink regular Coke (and the other food giants making diet drinks also push the same propaganda).
The study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition discovered some frightening facts that should make us all swear off diet drinks and products. Women who drank one 12-ounce diet soda had a 33 percent increased risk of type 2 diabetes and women who drank one 20-ounce soda had a 66 percent increased risk. Women who drank diet sodas drank twice as much as those who drank sugar- sweetened sodas because artificial sweeteners are more addictive and are hundreds to thousands of times sweeter than regular sugar.
Artificial sweeteners are hundreds to thousands of times sweeter than regular sugar activating our genetically programmed preference for sweet taste more than any other substance. In animal studies, the rats that consumed artificial sweeteners ate more, their metabolism slowed, and they put on 14 percent more body fat in just two weeks – EVEN eating less calories. In population studies there was a 200 percent increased risk of obesity in diet soda drinkers. But the fat is replaced with flour and sugar, and the result we now have is one in two adults with diabesity – that’s pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes, and almost one in four teenagers with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes.
We did a 10-day sugar-free detox with our online community and 600 people lost more than 4,000 pounds in 10 days!! If you ate the higher fat, higher protein diet (of exactly the same calories) it is the equivalent of running for ONE hour a day.
And those slick combinations of sugar, fat and salt in junk and processed food have hijacked our taste buds, our brain chemistry, and our metabolism.  These foods are biologically addictive.
This is food terrorism!  The biggest threat to our lives is not Al Qaeda but Coca-Cola (and the other food industry giants)!
When rats were given the choice between mainline cocaine right into their veins or sweetened water (in fact, they used an artificial sweetener), they found that sugar was eight times more addictive than cocaine.   Even the rats already addicted to cocaine switched over to diet drinks! And what’s even more interesting is that while cocaine and heroin activate only one spot for pleasure in the brain, sugar lights up the brain like a pinball machine! If these foods are addictive and drive overeating, then the whole idea of moderation just doesn’t work. So we have to take back our taste buds, take back our brain chemistry, and take back our bodies from the food and diet industry.


Bottom Line: By eating real food – chicken, fish, veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds, beans, and a little whole grains will reset your taste buds and your brain chemistry automatically.
But you have to walk 4.5 miles to burn off one 20-ounce soda, which contains 15 teaspoons of sugar. You have to run four miles a day for one week to burn off one supersize meal.  If you have one supersize meal everyday you would have to run a marathon every day! Drinking  32 ounces of Gatorade after a workout is a dumb idea, unless you run around like Kobe Bryant on the basketball court for 48 minutes.  There are better ways to replenish your energy and electrolytes than colored sugar water with a few minerals sprinkled in. Bottom Line:  Exercise is critical to long-term health and weight loss, but you can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet.
Get started today!  Get your copy of The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook  today.  When you purchase this book from this link you will gain access to these exclusive Dr. 1-Week Gluten-Free Meal Plan – Maps out a full week of breakfasts, lunches and dinners PLUS all new recipes for these. Please leave your thoughts by adding a comment below – but remember, we can’t offer personal medical advice online, so be sure to limit your comments to those about taking back our health! Mark Hyman, MD, believes that we all deserve a life of vitality—and that we have the potential to create it for ourselves. A study was just published about diet soda intake that basically says if you drink the stuff, buy new pants. The study looked at older folks, and as they aged all of them got fatter, but the non-diet soda drinkers got less fatter. I’ve been in this industry a while, and I know the term “belly fat” grabs people’s attention and leads to the creation of bestselling bullshittery in the form of books like the Belly Fat Diet and the Belly Melt Diet.
Then he said the fact that people even saw fit to publish this study was “mind boggling.” But hey, Food Babe has a book out.
Speaking of publishing stuff, I wrote a book, and for that book I interviewed Purdue University Nutrition professor and registered dietitian Richard Mattes, who said of diet soda and weight gain: “It’s not a product of the artificial sweetener, it’s more of a cognitive effect.
Maybe the study title should have been entitled, “Study Shows People Don’t Understand How Calories Work.” Because people do drink diet soda then think it means they’re “being good” about their diet and therefore deserve some kind of indulgent reward.
People give me shit for my Diet Coke drinking, and yet never say a word about the fact that the “after” picture on this site and on my social media pages has me hoisting a giant mug of a Class 1 carcinogen. I find it amazing that people will consume large quantities of unregulated and questionable supplements, yet complain about something that has been extensively tested for safety by multiple regulatory agencies. The most common artificial sweeteners on the market (aspartame, sucralose) are classified as GRAS—Generally Recognized as Safe.
Meet James James Fell is an internationally syndicated fitness columnist whose work is read by millions each month. To me, it was always to good to be true that you can drink soda with 0 calories and it tastes pretty much the same. So often we forget that there are so many other nutrition facts that we need to take into account. After reading this, it makes me wonder if "diet" sodas should come with a warning that they are not 100% diet material. The study analyzed data from 749 people ages 65 and older who were asked, every couple of years, how many cans of soda they drank a day, and how many of those sodas were diet or regular. The kind that pads the abs from the inside, called visceral fat, is associated with increased cardiovascular disease, inflammation and Type 2 diabetes.
Though scientists are still puzzling through the mechanisms by which diet soda seems to have the unintended consequence of weight gain, they have some ideas. Helen Hazuda, professor of medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
A recent study in mice showed that artificial sweeteners actually changed the gut bacteria of mice in ways that made them vulnerable to insulin resistance and glucose intolerance — both of which can lead to weight gain. If we all took more personal responsibility, we could stop this obesity and diabetes epidemic. That’s certainly what Coca-Cola wants us to believe in their new ad highlighting their efforts to fight obesity. Diet drinks may be worse than sugar-sweetened drinks, which are worse than fruit juices (but only fresh-squeezed fruit juices). This causes your body to pump out insulin, the fat storage hormone, which lays down more belly fat.
Our government told us in the 1970s to go on a low-fat diet and to eat 8-11 servings of rice, bread, and pasta a day.
And it is sugar, not fat, that raises your cholesterol despite what people and most doctors still believe. David Ludwig found that in two groups eating exactly the same calories, the group that had the low-fat diet (which means higher in sugars and starches) burned 300 calories less per day. In other words, if you just swap out sugars and starches for good quality fats and protein, it will be like you added an hour of free exercise a day to your life without any change in calorie intake! Swap out sugar and starch for good fats such as nuts, avocados, olive oil, and grass-fed animal products or wild fish. When rats were given the choice between mainline cocaine right into their veins or sweetened water (in fact, they used an artificial sweetener), they found that sugar was eight times more addictive than cocaine. I currently reside in Las Vegas, Nevada where I’m training to compete in physique bodybuilding. Lies by the food industry combined with bad government policy based on food industry lobbying are the major cause of our obesity and diabetes epidemic. She is a wonderful person with great integrity.  I don’t think she knows about this research and I hope someone shares it with her so she can save millions of children and fans from drinking Diet Coke because she endorses it.
Our government told us in the 1970’s to go on a low-fat diet and to eat 8-11 servings of rice, bread, and pasta a day.  And unfortunately we listened. And it is sugar NOT fat that raises your cholesterol despite what people and most doctors still believe.
David Ludwig found that in two groups eating EXACTLY the same calories, the group that had the low-fat diet (which means higher in sugars and starches) burned 300 calories LESS per day. Even Michelle Obama’s childhood obesity initiative focuses on exercise in its name, “Let’s Move”.


Unfortunately, scientists don’t have billion dollar marketing budgets.  But we as a community of thinking people wanting real information can speak out, can spread the word and turn the tide of obesity and chronic disease together. Hymans Kitchen Videos – Including cooking demos, Fridge and Pantry makeover, supermarket shopping tips and more.  Over 60 minutes of footage.
That’s why he is dedicated to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of Functional Medicine to transform healthcare. He is a practicing family physician, an nine-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field. If a release of insulin is triggered by a rise in blood sugar, then how can your pancreas be tricked into releasing insulin just because you tasted something sweet, but the blood sugar doesn’t raise?
I don’t believe my one diet soda is sabotaging my diet and how could I be making fat if the calories I eat are the very ones you say are the good calories.
The belly is one of those dreaded “trouble spots,” and, according to this study, diet soda will make your trouble spot even more troublesome. The World Health Organization, the Scientific Committee on Food of the European Commission, the Joint Expert Committee of Food Additions of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, and the United States Food and Drug Administration were all involved in granting this classification. It’s the behaviors that can come with its consumption that will possibly lead to weight gain.
Fell is an internationally syndicated fitness columnist for the Chicago Tribune and author of Lose it Right: A Brutally Honest 3-Stage Program to Help You Get Fit and Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind, published by Random House Canada. Sugar-free sodas contain substances that sweeten up soda at 200-600 times the sweetness of sugar. And other mice research suggests that artificial sweeteners are associated with a drop in the appetite-regulating hormone leptin, Hazuda says.
We have been told there are no good or bad foods, that the key to weight loss is moderation. They proudly promote the fact that they have 180 low- or no-calorie drinks and that they cut sugared drinks in schools by 90 percent.
This was the beginning of our obesity and diabetes epidemic.  The food industry happily created a flood of fat-free foods. But to us, soda is club soda, which is basically carbonated water, or Coors Light, or something. I would argue that there is a mentality around its consumption where perhaps they are a little less health conscious.
There is no magical chemical reaction taking place where the aspartame opens a portal from a parallel universe and pulls adipose tissue into your midsection. Besides all the extra calories in sugared soda that definitely will lead to weight gain, have you ever heard of type 2 diabetes?
The available data about the use of a substance must be known and widely accepted by qualified experts in order for it to receive the GRAS classification.
Now that you know this, you can feel free to consume it without fear of it making your mitochondria have a meltdown or creating a rift in the space-time continuum of your torso thereby generating a gravitational pull of butter towards your belly.
I always thought that diet sodas and such would have a negative effect because they are just chemicals but never thought actually gaining weight would be one of the effects. I don’t think she knows about this research, and I hope someone shares it with her so she can save millions of children and fans from drinking Diet Coke because she endorses it. He is also the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, a medical editor of The Huffington Post, and has been a regular medical contributor on many television shows including CBS This Morning, the Today Show, CNN, The View, the Katie Couric show and The Dr. Sugar and it’s precursor carbs are the worst because they raise your blood sugar then all that you described about the insulin response becomes true. Over about a decade, non-diet soda drinkers gained less than an inch around the midsection, occasional drinkers gained almost two inches of waist blubber, and the daily drinkers?
People who do decide to abstain from such drinks are, more than likely, more concerned with their nutritional intake as a whole. The simplest, and in this case almost certainly correct, answer is that people who drink diet soda are more likely to have shitty diets. There must be consensus that the substance is safe under the conditions of its intended use. After witnessing this lifestyle choice numerous times, I began to wonder how it is possible to lose weight while drinking soda all of the time? Then one day, I was just drinking my soda like normal, and I suddenly felt very sick after I finished the can.
Artificial sweeteners, however, confuse our bodies and weaken the link in our brains between sweetness and calories. And even though fat has more calories per gram (9 calories versus 4 calories or carbs and protein), eating fat can help you lose weight. It’s way worse than any potential problems posed by aspartame, which the alternative medicine crowd has blown way out of proportion.
However, the whole "diet" and "zero" idea gets drilled into peoples heads making consumers believe that it is a far more healthy route to take instead of eating fattening foods, sweets and carbs.The "diet" title is basically a scheme that tricks people into buying it as a healthy alternative. After reading this post and another post by a student, I realize I definitely made the right decision to start drinking more water. I fell for the idea too; it is way more convincing to drink a diet soda as opposed to a regular one if you are watching your figure. The one article you referenced that talks about you're body tricking you into thinking the sugar from the soda is real and completely confusing your metabolism system really interested me.
Otabe, “Advantame—an Overview of the Toxicity Data,” Food and Chemical Toxicology 49, suppl.
With this thought process in everyone's mind, more and more problems are occurring especially in children. As well, there have been studies questioning if the artificial sugars and sweeteners are actually changing the way your body and mind functions causing you to actually be hungrier and eat more afterwards. This topic needs to be displayed more and something needs to be done about it before we're all too late!




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