Recent research again confirms what many previous studies have concluded: diet soda tends to promote weight gain rather than prevent it. In this study1,2,3,4,5,6 diet soda consumption was linked to increased belly fat in Americans over the age of 65.
Abdominal fat (visceral fat) is associated with an increased risk for diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, just to name a few, and your waist-to-hip ratio is one potent indicator for your level of risk for these and other chronic health problems.
Diet Soda Increases Hazardous Belly Fat in Aging Adults
Seniors aged 65 and over were followed for an average of nine years, and while the study was an observational one and hence cannot prove causation, the authors note that there was a "striking dose-response relationship" between diet soda consumption and waist circumference.
This held true even when other factors such as exercise, diabetes, and smoking were taken into account:
- People who never drank diet soda increased their waist circumference by an average of 0.8 inches during the nine-year observation period
- Occasional diet soda drinkers added an average of 1.83 inches to their waistline in that time period
- Daily diet soda drinkers gained an average of nearly 3.2 inches—quadruple that of those who abstained from diet soda altogether
What's worse, abdominal fat gain was most pronounced in those who were overweight to begin with. According to senior author Dr. Helen Hazuda:7
"People who are already at cardiometabolic risk because they have higher BMIs are really in double or triple jeopardy. When they think they're doing something good by drinking artificially sweetened beverages, it's actually totally counterproductive." [Emphasis mine]
This isn't the first time diet soda has been linked to expanding waistlines. One 2011 study, in which soda drinkers were followed for nearly 10 years, found that those who drank diet soda had a 70 percent greater increase in waist size compared to non-diet soda drinkers.
Those who drank two or more diet sodas a day had a 500 percent greater increase in waist size. According to earlier research, drinking just one diet soda a day may raise your risk of obesity by 65 percent. Diet soda consumption has also been linked to a 50 percent increased risk for stroke.
Obesity Raises Women's Risk of Cancer by 40 Percent
Obesity is associated with one in five deaths in the US and, as noted by the authors, for older individuals who are already at an increased risk for metabolic disorders, increased visceral fat will exacerbate that risk. Recent research8 also warns that obesity raises a woman's risk for a number of different cancers by about 40 percent.
As reported by WebMD:9
"Overall, the Cancer Research UK study found that obese women have about a one in four risk of developing a weight-related cancer in their lifetime. Those include cancers of the bowel, gallbladder, uterus, kidney, pancreas and esophagus, as well as post-menopausal breast cancers...
There are a number of possible ways that obesity can increase cancer risk in women, including one that's linked to fat cells' production of hormones, especially estrogen, which is believed to fuel cancer development... However, everyone can lower their risk by trimming their waistline, one expert said."
Losing Weight Can Eliminate Irregular Heartbeat if You're Obese
Recent research10,11 also suggests that obese people suffering from atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat, may restore healthy heart rhythm simply by losing weight. In the US, this condition is quite common, affecting an estimated 5.6 million adults.
In this study, patients who shed at least 10 percent of their weight over the course of four years were six times more likely to become symptom-free without any additional drug or surgical intervention, compared to those who did not lose weight.
In total, 45 percent of those who lost 10 percent or more of their body weight became symptom-free without treatment. Thirteen percent of those who lost a more modest three percent of their body weight became symptom-free. According to the authors:12
"Long-term sustained weight-loss is associated with significant reduction of atrial fibrillation (AF) burden and maintenance of sinus rhythm. Weight-loss and avoidance of weight-fluctuation constitute important strategies for reducing the rising burden of AF."
Artificial Sweeteners Is Not the Answer if You're Seeking to Lose Weight
Considering the many health risks associated with obesity, the issue of whether artificially sweetened foods and beverages is a weight loss aid or hindrance is an important consideration. Many have fallen for industry claims suggesting that no- or low-calorie "diet" foods will help you lose weight and allow diabetics to indulge in the sweeter side of life without harmful effects, but studies have repeatedly blown massive holes in these claims. Research over the last 30 years—including several large scale prospective cohort studies—have shown that artificial sweeteners actually stimulate appetite and increase cravings for carbs.
They also produce a variety of metabolic dysfunctions that promote fat storage and weight gain,15,16 and many studies have directly associated artificial sweeteners with an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. Some studies have even shown that artificial sweeteners such as aspartame actually worsen insulin sensitivity to a greater degree than sugar. Other mechanisms of harm have also been revealed. In recent years, we've learned that gut microbes play a significant role in human health. Certain gut microbes have been linked to obesity, for example, and recent research17,18,19,20shows that artificial sweeteners raise your risk of obesity and diabetes by disrupting your intestinal microflora.
Most importantly, this research actually shows causation. Specifically, they found that artificial sweeteners cause decreased function in pathways associated with the transport of sugar in your body. Artificial sweeteners were also found to induce gut dysbiosis and glucose intolerance in otherwise healthy people. Glucose intolerance is a well-known precursor to type 2 diabetes, but it also plays a role in obesity, because the excess sugar in your blood ends up being stored in your fat cells. According to the authors of this widely publicized study:21
"[W]e demonstrate that consumption of commonly used non-caloric artificial sweeteners formulations drives the development of glucose intolerance through induction of compositional and functional alterations to the intestinal microbiota... Collectively, our results link non-caloric artificial sweeteners (NAS) consumption, dysbiosis and metabolic abnormalities, thereby calling for a reassessment of massive NAS usage."
Reclaim Your Health by Ditching Artificially Sweetened 'Diet' Foods
The evidence suggests that artificial sweeteners have likely played a role in actually worsening the obesity and diabetes epidemics since their emergence in our food supply. And considering their many routes of harm, including disrupting your gut flora, I strongly recommend avoiding artificial sweeteners, and to read food labels to make sure you're not inadvertently consuming them. They're added to some 6,000 different beverages, snacks, and food products, so there's no telling where they might be hiding.
In addition to boosting weight gain and insulin resistance, artificial sweeteners can also be addictive. Your brain actually craves more of it because your body receives no satisfaction on a cellular level since no calories accompany the sweet flavor. If you have trouble quitting diet soda or other artificially sweetened products, I suggest trying Turbo Tapping. This is a version of the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) that is specifically geared toward combating sugar cravings. For instructions, please see the article, "Turbo Tapping: How to Get Rid of Your Soda Addiction." The video below with EFT practitioner Julie Schiffman also demonstrates how to use EFT to fight food cravings of all kinds.
If you still have cravings after trying EFT or Turbo Tapping, you may need to make further changes to your diet. My free nutrition plan can help you do this in a step-by-step fashion. As for safer sweetener options, you could use stevia or Luo Han, both of which are safe natural sweeteners. However, if you struggle with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or extra weight, then you have insulin sensitivity issues and would likely benefit from avoiding ALL sweeteners until your condition has normalized.
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