Saturday, July 2, 2011

DAY 183 -- Research on diet soda.

I think the first time I heard about diet soda adding to weight gain was while watching the Rosie O'Donnell Show with Richard Simmons as her guest.  After he walked on stage, Rosie commented that he looked like he'd lost weight.  He had lost 15 pounds by making just one change... he eliminated diet soda from his life.

I stopped drinking diet soda years ago when I first realized that artificial sweeteners wreak havoc in my system.  (I posted on that awhile back... click here to review that post.)  Now research backs up what Richard Simmons told the audience that day.  Research reveals that diet sodas do not help promote weight loss, but might actually cause weight gain instead.

Recently a reader shared this article with me:

Diet sodas can make you fat?  Say it isn't so

The following is a CBS news story based on the same research:

New study is wake-up call for diet soda drinkers

Don't worry... if you have a stash of Diet Coke in your house, it's still good for something.  It works great for removing rust, and cleaning corrosion off battery cables.


  1. I never drank a lot of diet soda but I have given it up all together as well. I just can't think of any reason to drink it rather than water except that once in awhile it's the only thing that seems to quench a craving for sugar. I have probably had less than 5 sodas in the last 6 months with one of them being a couple of days ago when we were motorcycling and stopped to share a Subway sandwich. Thanks for the information ~ I'm going to go back and read it!

  2. Susan...kudos to you for limiting your soda intake! That's fantastic! Keep up the good work!

  3. Diet soda is scary stuff! However, sometimes a diet cola is the only thing that will take the edge off a headache with less caffeine than certain OTC pain relievers.

    Interestingly, though, aspartame gives me headaches if I have it often. Splenda has the same inflammatory effect on me as sugar, so I avoid it entirely. When I really want sweet, I use stevia extract, which is a different flavor than sugar. I no longer even like "white" sugared things. Except for my chocolate chip vice. Please don't tell us all the bad effects of them! LOL. Good info in your post today.

  4. Lynn...are you suuuure you don't want me to post about the bad effects of chocolate chips? hahaha