“I’m addicted to Mountain Dew!!!”

I recently had a patient say this:  “I am addicted to Mountain Dew….is Diet Mountain Dew that much better for me….do diet drinks really help you lose weight?”  This has become a hot topic recently.

There have been conflicting studies and reports on diet drinks recently in the news.  Some studies have suggested that diet soda actually make you gain weight.  The thought here is that if  you drink a sweet-tasting beverage, including those with artificial sweeteners like diet drinks, it may trigger something that makes you want to eat more sweets…causing you to eat more calories.  So, it’s not really the diet soda causing the weight gain — it’s the calories in the extra foods you eat to satisfy your craving for sweets.  That said, there is still little scientific evidence to prove this. 

If it helps you decide, the American Diabetes Association supports the use of no-calorie sweeteners to restrict calories and sugar intake.       

Keep in mind, however, that diet drinks alone is not enough to counteract overeating when trying to lose weight.  The best way to lose or maintain a healthy weight, is to balance the calories consumed with those you’ve burned.

For those of you trying to lose weight who drink mutliple regular sodas, changing to diet is a good start.  Decreasing the number of “empty calories” — those that are not providing any nutritional value — is a nice first step in helping decrease total daily calories when trying to lose weight.  As with everything, however, moderation is key….so once you get past the regular-to-diet swtich, then you can work on decreasing to total number of sodas you drink in  a day.                                   

Here are some links if you’re interested:

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/diet-sodas-and-weight-gain-not-so-fast

http://www.dietsoda.org/

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About cschaffer78

I'm a family practice physician in Evansville, IN. My practice is described as "full-spectrum" family practice, meaning I see patients "from cradle to grave". I care for men and women of all ages, I deliver babies, and even follow my patients when they are hospitalized. Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider
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