Drinking diet soda not best for weight watching
Few words carry as much weight as the word “diet,” but when it comes to drinks, cutting calories with diet soda may not cut the pounds you think it does, the Mayo Clinic News Network reported.
Dr. Donald Hensrud, who heads up the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program and is author of the “Mayo Clinic Diet Book,” said drinking diet soda is not as effective at helping people manage their weight as many people think.
“A diet soda doesn’t contain any calories,” he said. “And, compared to a regular soda that has about 150 calories, people are consuming less calories. However, studies have shown that people who consume large amounts of diet soda tend to weight a little bit more.”
Hensrud said you can gain weight drinking diet soda.
“Well, what’s going on here? The prevailing theory is that we’re consuming diet soda with artificial sweeteners and our brain craves sweet foods at other times, so we’re getting more sweet calories in our diet overall that’s causing a little bit of weight gain,” he said. “Water is best overall, but maybe a carbonated water or a flavored water can help people to better manage their weight.”