We told you how soft drinks can make you gain weight. So, if you’re trying to lose weight, it seems to only make sense to swap your sugar loaded soft drinks with the sugar free diet versions. Similarly, it probably makes sense to swap your sugar in food with diet sugar substitutes. Its true that it does reduce your calorie intake, but does it really help weight loss? Read on to find out..
Research at the University of Liverpool suggests that your body process artificial sweeteners (diet sugar) the same way that it process sugar. Like your taste buds cannot tell the difference between sugar and artificial sweeteners. Similarly, the receptors in your intestine cannot tell the difference between the two. As a result, when your intestines sense sweetness, it increases their capacity to absorb glucose, and they start looking for glucose to absorb.
But clearly, when you drink diet sodas, there isn’t any sugar to absorb from the diet soda. But you might be snacking while you drink the diet soda- snacking on chips, cake, ice cream or anything that has high glycemic carbs in it. High glycemic carbohydrates are essentially glucose. So, all the glucose you consume along with your diet drink, get absorbed by your intestine receptors. Glucose is very easily absorbed in your system, and is stored as fat. And we’ve told you before how foods with high glycemic index promote fat storage.
So, this opens the question if diet drinks or artificial sweeteners really help you lose weight? Soraya Shirazi-Beechey, lead author of the study and a professor of Molecular Physiology and Biochemistry at University of Liverpool says “If someone wants to lose weight, I don’t think artificial sweeteners are going to help. My recommendation is to eat natural foods, but to eat less of them.” We support her opinion. This research is part of a larger group doubting the benefits of artificial sweeteners.
Now, if you’re a soft drink addict, then switching to the diet version would help you cut calories, but for most of those who have a soft drink occasionally, the best way to lose weight, eat healthy, get a good diet plan, and get on a good weight loss program!Author Information — this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo