Diet Soda Is Making Me Fat?!



This makes me very unhappy :-(

Over the weekend my daughter told me that the Coke Zero I was enjoying might be making me hungrier, thus making me eat more, thus totally screwing up my good intentions! Surprised that they are actually teaching my kid something useful in her health class I had to take a closer look.  Could it be that my diet staple is now on the Naughty List? Yes, I'm afraid so.

Diane Sawyer expresses my dismay perfectly.

Here's the thing. Just about anything in moderation is OK. But addiction to the taste either salt, sweet, or both has a way of creeping up on a person.

Many years ago I had to give up salt for my kidneys' sake. God, that was hard. I come from a long line of saltaholics. My Dad used to shake salt onto everything  before he even tasted it! Going salt-less meant everything tasted booor-ring. And guess what? I lost weight. I didn't make that connection until just now!

A diet soda a day is not my thing but I make pitchers and pitchers of Crystal Light peach tea and I drink that all day long. I've been wondering if the artificial sweetener in that stuff isn't a good idea and now the scientists have weighed in. Breaking myself of that habit is not going to be easy.

I console myself by remembering that dark chocolate and red wine is still on the Nice List.

5 comments


  • SD

    This is not good. I love Diet Pop and am someone who drinks it or Diet Iced Tea almost every day. I usually drink the decaffeinated variety (unless I need to get rid of a headache)but I am sure that does not matter. What is left to drink other than water?

    2008/12/01
  • It stinks doesn’t it? But as the woman on the video says, unless you drink more than 12 ounces a day you needn’t change your habits. If, like me, you drink more than 12 oz of anything with artificial sweetener it would be a good idea to make a change. I’ve been thinking about it. For me water is OK but not ALL THE TIME. I will probably have to fool myself a little. Put some flavor in my water, a drop of lemon juice and sugar (one tsp of sugar is only 16 calories and NO FAT) for instance. I may stock up on plain seltzer water and dilute fruit juice with it. Variety may be the ticket.
    But I’m with you. For a headache there’s nothing like good ol’ Classic Coke.

    2008/12/01
  • Claudia Emilia

    I keep hearing the dissapointing news about my beloved diet sodas! My mother is convinced artificial sweeters will be the death of me, I’ve recently been trying to break a splenda habit! My friend who is abroad in london loves the coca cola there because they don’t use high fructose corn syrup. She swears it tastes better, but I can’t tell the diference…

    2008/12/11
  • Hola, Claudia! Splenda with my venti Starbucks was my crack cocaine. I went cold turkey last summer and I still have cravings. If I really must have sweetener I go ahead and use sugar (hey, it’s fat free and only 16 calories a teaspoon!). Europeans seem to have better self control than ‘Americans’ (me). True?

    2008/12/11
  • Dark beer is still okay though isn’t it? I mean I didn’t hear them say anything negative about dark beer. Anyone for a pint?
    Check this out
    http://www.peeledcarrots.com/2008/08/06/calories-in-a-pint-of-guinness-compared-to-other-beers-and-lagers/
    and this
    http://www.weightlossresources.co.uk./calories/calorie_counter/alcohol.htm

    2008/12/12

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