Are Diet Sodas Fattening?

Here's a brief video interview about a study that asks the question, Are Diet Sodas Fattening?

It may make you re-think, your current dietary habits. After the video, read my take below.

My Take on the Question...
Are Diet Sodas Fattening?

I know that there is a lot of conflicting information about weight loss. I get just as frustrated as you do sometimes, but here's my take on diet sodas.

I think that for some people switching to diet sodas from regular sodas helps them to lose weight because of the decrease in sugar and calorie consumption.

And, I also think that for some people the chemicals and artificial sweeteners in diet sodas negatively impact the body's metabolism.

There are 2 major points I want to make about weight loss. In my opinion...

#1 The overconsumption of sugar is wreaking havoc on our society's metabolism.

#2 The overconsumption of chemicals is wreaking havoc on our society's metabolism.

There is evidence that suggests that artificial sweeteners are toxic to the body, and this can negatively effect your metabolism.

I know that artificial sweeteners are helping a lot of people who are dieting to decrease their calorie intake, but artificial sweeteners may be the lesser of two evils.

Sodas have another drawback besides sugar or artificial sweeteners. And that drawback is...

Phosphoric Acid

Phosphoric acid is a chemical used to acidify foods and beverages, and it also provides a tangy taste.

Side Note: It is pretty well documented that the consumption of phosphoric acid is linked to lower bone density in epidemiological studies because the acid interferes calcium absorption.

Caffeine is also associated with decreased calcium absorption, so sodas with caffeine and phosphoric acid might provide a double whammy.

Check out this video of what soda does to the calcium of a hard boiled egg.

Okay, back to weight loss and the question are diet sodas fattening?

Your body has a certain ph level. Ph refers to potential hydrogen and ranges from 0-14.

0 is the most acidic and 14 is the most basic (or alkaline). 7 is neutral and around 7.4 is optimal for the blood.

When you consume certain foods and chemicals, your body becomes more acidic. When your body becomes more acidic all of your cells function less efficiently and your metabolism slows down.

Many weight loss plans focus on correcting ph balance, and my take is that the consumption of phosphoric acid and other chemicals is potentially the reason consuming diet sodas is linked with the development of Metabolic Syndrome and weight gain.

Did you know that a can of Coke can remove rust from metal?

What do you think acid does to your digestive tract?

The artificial sweetener may not be the ring leader in the assault on our metabolisms.

Our digestive system is always being bombarded with irritants, such as sugar, chemicals, and preservatives, and constantly adding acid to your digestive system will likely decrease its ability to burn fat and keep you healthy.

In a perfect world we would not consume any food or drinks with chemicals or preservatives, but we don't live in a perfect world.

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Quick Tips

My advice is to do your best to avoid chemicals such as phosphoric acid as often as you can.

Try to drink primarily filtered water and herbal teas.

Drink sodas sparingly if you are trying to lose a significant amount of weight.

Eat healthy foods that are high in fiber and antioxidants.

Exercise regularly, because exercise is medicine.

If you're trying to lose weight, consider my ebook The Ultimate Detox: How to Lose 10 Pounds in 2 Weeks Without Exercise.

It's 3 simple steps that I teach my personal training clients to help them jump start their weight loss programs.

I hope you found this article informative and helpful for answering the question Are Diet Sodas Fattening? I'll continue to do my best to bring you health and weight loss information.

And I want you to do your best to follow through as live as healthy and happy a life as you can!

Yours in health,
Dr. Charles Inniss

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