Like many individuals, I often succumb to the 2pm energy loss by consuming a diet soda, hoping the caffeine will give me a boost to get through the workday. I have always had the suspicion that this is really not a healthy alternative to a regular soda or a sugary coffee drink, but continue to drink them.
I recently stumbled upon an article in the Huffington Post that has confirmed my fear. Diet soda may be associated with weight gain and other medical issues.
Researchers found that the diet soda drinkers had waist circumference increases of 70 percent greater than those who non-diet soda drinkers. And people who drank diet soda the most frequently — at least two diet sodas a day — had waist circumference increases that were 500 percent greater than people who didn’t drink any diet soda, the study said.
Yikes, a 70 percent larger waist! Diet soda is not good for a healthy diet at all. Couple these findings with concerns over artificial sweeteners, and you will find me drinking water at 2pm from now on.
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