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Do Diet Sodas Lead to Weight Loss?

Do Diet Sodas Lead to Weight Loss?

Diet soda went on the market in 1982, however it seems as though the diet soda fad has only recently started to become popular. The reasoning for this may be because of one simple word in the name: “diet.” Unfortunately “diet” does not always equal weight loss.

A diet soda can nutrition label boasts 0g of sugar, while a regular can has 39g. According to the American Heart Association, the recommended amount of added sugar for a man is 37.5 g/day and 25g/day for women. From this fact alone, it is clear to see why diet soda is increasingly becoming the choice over a regular can of soda. We must look deeper than the nutrition facts, though, to know if diet soda is actually a healthy alternative.

A study conducted by Sara Bleich, PhD, a professor of Health Sciences at Johns School of Public Health, found that those who drank diet soda consumed more high calorie solid foods than those that drank regular soda. She suggests that this may be because diet soda impacts the brain’s ability to gauge energy consumption.

Another study conducted by Dr. Jennifer Nettleton, a nutritional epidemiologist, suggests that a higher intake of diet soda is correlated with diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. There are many more studies published in nutritional journals that further support all of this evidence. Very few studies now find that diet soda is actually linked with weight loss.

Next time you go to grab a soda, try water! If you are looking for carbonation, seltzer water is a great option! La Croix and Spindrift, for example, are made solely of seltzer water and squeezed fruit juice.

(La Croix on the left and Spindrift on the right)

I find it to be a refreshing alternative to a soda that is not as sweet and is much more nutritional! The best way to get energy, though, if you are in need of a quick boost is from food! Try eating an apple and peanut butter or a hand full of trail mix because both snacks will both offer nutrients and start building healthy habits towards weight loss.

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Blog Author:
Marion Irvin
Sweet Life Wellness Student Intern
Dietetics student at University of Maryland-College Park


I find it to be a refreshing alternative to a soda that is not as sweet and is much more nutritional! The best way to get energy, though, if you are in need of a quick boost is from food! Try eating an apple and peanut butter or a hand full of trail mix because both snacks will both offer nutrients and start building healthy habits towards weight loss.

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