Does Diet Soda Make You Fat?

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Does diet soda (pop) make you fat? Before I answer this question, let us explore some common causes of weight gain. There are many causes of weight gain but they all have one thing in common, which is the ability to affect your metabolism in a negative way. Metabolism involves the process of converting food and nutrient into energy for the body to burn as fuel.

Metabolism and weight gain

Your metabolism level is often controlled by your thyroid. If you have a low thyroid, it will affect your metabolism in a negative way, which isn’t good for weight loss. A low metabolism means that your body can’t burn as much calories as it should. The extra calories are then stored as fat for later use and thus you end up gaining weight.

Below is an excerpt about how low thyroid affects metabolism. It is extracted from the book titled Natural Weight Loss Secrets.

If you are young and have a low metabolism, you may have a low thyroid or too many toxins in your body. Toxins such as heavy metals are very destructive to cells and can reduce their performance. When your cells are not working efficiently, they affect the performance of your organs. The thyroid is a very important organ for metabolism. If you have low metabolism, there is a very high chance that you also have low thyroid.

Another major contributor to weight gain is acidic blood. Your body operates like an alkaline battery; therefore, when the pH level of your blood is lower than 7.3, it starts to become acidic. When your blood is acidic, it affects the performance of your cells, causing your metabolism to drop. Furthermore, acidic blood makes it harder for your cells to carry oxygen. These problems will lower your metabolism, causing you to gain weight. Acidic blood also creates an environment for cancer to thrive in.

How diet soda (pop) makes you fat

Diet pop is made of mostly carbonated water which is a type of water that has acidic properties. Most soda water has an average pH level of 3, which is acidic enough to affect your cells and metabolism in negative ways. The more you drink diet pop, the more acidic your blood becomes. This will affect your body’s ability to burn calories, which in turn causes you to gain weight.

Most of us think that low calorie drinks are often good for weight loss. What many of us don’t understand is that low calorie drinks often contain artificial sweetener, such as aspartame and sucralose. Both of these artificial sweeteners have been linked to obesity. Aspartame is a synthetic sugar made up of methanol (wood alcohol), aspartic acid and phenylalanine. As for sucralose, it is a chlorinated compound that was accidentally discovered while doing research to create a new insecticide. Some researchers suggest that sucralose is a chemical cousin to DDT.

Diet soda and metabolic syndrome

According to a scientific study led by Ravi Dhinga, MD, diet soda is a contributor to metabolic syndrome. This syndrome is known for increasing the risk of high blood sugar, high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels and obesity. Metabolic syndrome also increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease and strokes.

Diet soda and liver problems

Diet beverages are low in calories because they are added with artificial sweeteners instead of refined sugar. The two most common artificial sweeteners in diet soda are aspartame and sucralose. Some studies have shown that these two artificial sweeteners tend to concentrate in the liver, kidney, and gastrointestinal tract. Furthermore, they have been linked to liver and kidney problems. The liver is responsible for breaking down fat and detoxing toxic substances. When your liver isn’t function properly, you will gain weight.

Does diet soda make you fat? Absolutely!

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