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Old 07-06-2005, 07:35 PM   #1
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I'll go crazy without my diet sodas!!!

I don't know if I can handle another pleasure being taken away .
Drink More Diet Soda, Gain More Weight

Overweight Risk Soars 41% With Each Daily Can of Diet Soft Drink

By Daniel DeNoon
WebMD Medical News Reviewed By Charlotte Grayson, MD
on Monday, June 13, 2005

June 13, 2005 -- People who drink diet soft drinks don't lose weight. In fact, they gain weight, a new study shows.

The findings come from eight years of data collected by Sharon P. Fowler, MPH, and colleagues at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. Fowler reported the data at this week's annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association in San Diego.

"What didn't surprise us was that total soft drink use was linked to overweight and obesity," Fowler tells WebMD. "What was surprising was when we looked at people only drinking diet soft drinks, their risk of obesity was even higher."

In fact, when the researchers took a closer look at their data, they found that nearly all the obesity risk from soft drinks came from diet sodas.

"There was a 41% increase in risk of being overweight for every can or bottle of diet soft drink a person consumes each day," Fowler says.

More Diet Drinks, More Weight Gain

Fowler's team looked at seven to eight years of data on 1,550 Mexican-American and non-Hispanic white Americans aged 25 to 64. Of the 622 study participants who were of normal weight at the beginning of the study, about a third became overweight or obese.

For regular soft-drink drinkers, the risk of becoming overweight or obese was:

26% for up to 1/2 can each day
30.4% for 1/2 to one can each day
32.8% for 1 to 2 cans each day
47.2% for more than 2 cans each day.
For diet soft-drink drinkers, the risk of becoming overweight or obese was:

36.5% for up to 1/2 can each day
37.5% for 1/2 to one can each day
54.5% for 1 to 2 cans each day
57.1% for more than 2 cans each day.
For each can of diet soft drink consumed each day, a person's risk of obesity went up 41%.


Diet Soda No Smoking Gun

Diet Soda No Smoking Gun

Fowler is quick to note that a study of this kind does not prove that diet soda causes obesity. More likely, she says, it shows that something linked to diet soda drinking is also linked to obesity.

"One possible part of the explanation is that people who see they are beginning to gain weight may be more likely to switch from regular to diet soda," Fowler suggests. "But despite their switching, their weight may continue to grow for other reasons. So diet soft-drink use is a marker for overweight and obesity."

Why? Nutrition expert Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, puts it in a nutshell.

"You have to look at what's on your plate, not just what's in your glass," Bonci tells WebMD.

People often mistake diet drinks for diets, says Bonci, director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and nutrition consultant to college and professional sports teams and to the Pittsburgh Ballet.

"A lot of people say, 'I am drinking a diet soft drink because that is better for me. But soft drinks by themselves are not the root of America's obesity problem," she says. "You can't go into a fast-food restaurant and say, 'Oh, it's OK because I had diet soda.' If you don't do anything else but switch to a diet soft drink, you are not going to lose weight."


The Mad Hatter Theory

The Mad Hatter Theory

"Take some more tea," the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
"I've had nothing yet," Alice replied in an offended tone, "so I can't take more."
"You mean you can't take less," said the Hatter: "It's very easy to take more than nothing." Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

There is actually a way that diet drinks could contribute to weight gain, Fowler suggests.

She remembers being struck by the scene in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in which Alice is offended because she is offered tea but is given none -- even though she hadn't asked for tea in the first place. So she helps herself to tea and bread and butter.

That may be just what happens when we offer our bodies the sweet taste of diet drinks, but give them no calories. Fowler points to a recent study in which feeding artificial sweeteners to rat pups made them crave more calories than animals fed real sugar.

"If you offer your body something that tastes like a lot of calories, but it isn't there, your body is alerted to the possibility that there is something there and it will search for the calories promised but not delivered," Fowler says.

Perhaps, Bonci says, our bodies are smarter than we think.

"People think they can just fool the body. But maybe the body isn't fooled," she says. "If you are not giving your body those calories you promised it, maybe your body will retaliate by wanting more calories. Some soft drink studies do suggest that diet drinks stimulate appetite."


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SOURCES: Fowler, S.P. 65th Annual Scientific Sessions, American Diabetes Association, San Diego, June 10-14, 2005; Abstract 1058-P. Sharon P. Fowler, MPH, University of Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine, San Antonio. Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, director, sports nutrition, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. WebMD News: "Artificial Sweeteners May Damage Diet Efforts.""Artificial Sweeteners May Damage Diet Efforts." Davidson, T.L. International Journal of Obesity, July 2004; vol 28: pp 933-955.

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Old 07-06-2005, 07:41 PM   #2
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Texas, I lived with at my sister's house for a couple of months way back when I was 19. All she had to drink was diet soda, no reg. So, I drank them. (this was before the allergies I have to artificial sweetners kicked in) After I moved out, I went back to regular, as I liked the taste so much more. In 2 weeks I was down 6 pounds. I hadn't changed any other eating/drinking habit. Real sugar is my friend :)
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Did Tom Cruise write this article? It's all alot of mumbojumbo to me. So if you eat eggs you might sprout feathers? I'm not giving up my diet pepsi, thank you.
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Old 07-06-2005, 07:46 PM   #4
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Wow, I just can't handle the taste of real sodas. I guess I'll just start slow.
I'm fixing to start a hard excersise and diet regiman. No diet foods, just good food and small portions. I have lost about 4 1/2 lbs, but not fast enough. I have a dress that I have worn only one time that I want to wear to my nephews wedding. It doesn't have straps, it has the one piece that goes over the neck, kinda ***y looking. That's my treat, and I really want it!!!! :O)
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Old 07-06-2005, 07:46 PM   #5
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Did Tom Cruise write this article? It's all alot of mumbojumbo to me. So if you eat eggs you might sprout feathers? I'm not giving up my diet pepsi, thank you.
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Old 07-06-2005, 08:07 PM   #6
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Wow, I just can't handle the taste of real sodas. I guess I'll just start slow.
I'm fixing to start a hard excersise and diet regiman. No diet foods, just good food and small portions. I have lost about 4 1/2 lbs, but not fast enough. I have a dress that I have worn only one time that I want to wear to my nephews wedding. It doesn't have straps, it has the one piece that goes over the neck, kinda ***y looking. That's my treat, and I really want it!!!! :O)
Hey Texas, go for it that dress is waiting I had to give up pepsi when I was diagnosed with diabetes...I thought I was going to die, my husband thought he would now be living with a she devil in withdrawal and the kids all hid Ya know what, It took two days and I've been over it for 14 years now. Now I cannot stand any drink that comes out of the can. I swear It tastes like I'm dringking tin cans!!! I switched to iced tea and ice water and once in a great while I'll take a sip of pepsi but it makes me shudder now...So go for it girl you can do it
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Old 07-06-2005, 08:26 PM   #7
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I'm gonna try, Kadesma!!
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Old 07-07-2005, 02:15 AM   #8
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I don't see how diet drinks themselves could make people gain weight. We've all seen it--out of the grocery cart, onto the conveyor belt: 3 boxes of doughnuts, a chocolate cake, a pack of fudge bars, and 6 diet sodas. I've been guilty of it myself (not quite to that extent, but maybe a candy bar or something). I think a lot of people think that if they are drinking sugar-free drinks, they can go wild with food. Obviously the diet drinks are just part of what we need to do to lose weight. Eating sensibly and exercising are the other parts. And of course, drink lots of water.

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I had to give up sodas (both regular and diet) when I had gastric bypass surgery done. According to the doctor, the carbonation would stretch out my stomach and that is a no no. So I started drinking more water and I also drink the flavored waters that have no sugar or carbs and they seem to help satisfy my thirst for soda.....I do miss the fizz though. :(
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Old 07-07-2005, 04:22 AM   #10
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i read that in the paper, tex. about that study, i mean.
i also read that milk causes weight problems, as does juice.
dunno what i think about that.
i was raised on whole milk and drink it at the vast majority of meals, drink up to an entire 62-oz. bottle of juice a day, and drink lots of caffiene-free pop, and as i've said before, i'm very thin. i always have been. wouldn't drink diet pop for anything. aspartame scares me.
if you take up regular pop, tex, and it causes any sort of weight gain, or your weight levels off, you could always give it up. but i'm willing to bet it won't cause any problem.
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