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.