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Diet Soda Can Contribute To Your Weight Gain

People drink diet soda because they don’t want to gain weight. But having the drink contribute to accumulating the very excess pounds that the drink was supposed to help avoid, comes as a surprise to many dieters.

A study by The University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, took 1550 test subjects, some over weight, some not, and examined the relationship between soda consumption and weight gain. Sharon P. Fowler, MPH, who lead the 8 year study said “What didn’t surprise us was that total soft drink use was linked to overweight and obesity. What was surprising was when we looked at people only drinking diet soft drinks, their risk of obesity was even higher”. The researchers concluded that for every can or bottle of diet soda that was consumed each day, a participant’s risk of being overweight was increased by a whopping 41%.

After reading the study, my question was: why does diet soda contribute to weight gain? and what can you do about it? besides the obvious, “stop drinking diet soda”, answer.

We found this video by Wellness Works that does a very good job of answering this question, and a few others that merit your attention…

Enjoy…

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