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Diet Soda and Weight Loss

I just returned from a whirlwind trip to Atlanta, a fantastic city full of good home cooking and Southern smiles. But it seems like there's a heavier side to life in Atlanta.

I couldn't help but notice the population there seems to be made up of a very high percentage of overweight and obese people. I also noted the headquarters for the globally known cola company as we were driving through downtown.

Those two observations made me think of something else I've noticed: most people I observe drinking diet sodas are overweight. Diet soda and weight loss just don't go together.

I stopped drinking soda completely last year when I learned just how negatively high fructose corn syrup, and even regular sugar (especially the super-refined variety) impact health. Prior to that, when I did drink the occasional soda, I always drank regular soda instead of diet, feeling I'd rather have something at least somewhat natural as opposed to the chemicals. I know that sounds silly since there is nothing natural about a soda the way they're made today, but reducing chemicals whenever you have a choice has to be helpful, right?

I'm glad I did avoid those diet sodas. It is becoming widely accepted that the chemical sweeteners used to reduce the calorie content of "diet food" (designed to help people lose weight) actually contributes to obesity and weight gain.

The bottom line is that chemicals and weight loss don't go together, no matter how cleverly marketed or how addictive the substance. So ditch the chemicals and eat real food. If you're trying to lose weight, don't think for a second that the diet sodas are helping you achieve your goal.


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