Play it, Jen


Every good movie has a piano player somewhere in the background--
sometimes seen, usually unseen.
Seldom really noticed.
The feeling, the very soul of a scene, is created by that person tinkering at the keys.
It has been said, "All the world's a stage."
Well then...Play it, Jen.

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Monday, September 18, 2006

Drink More Diet Soda, Gain More Weight?

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

So how can this be?! Check out the following from this article:

Sugar substitutes may offer sweet treats for calorie-conscious dieters, but a new study shows that they may also play tricks on the body and sabotage weight-loss efforts.
Researchers say artificial sweeteners may interfere with the body's natural ability to count calories based on a food's sweetness and make people prone to overindulging in other sweet foods and beverages.

This article, written in 2004, goes on to say you may not need to ditch your diet soda just yet. Well, from further research it now seems we do need to ditch our diet sodas right now! I do like the term they use "liquid candy". Perhaps if we started looking at the things we put into our body a little more carefully and realistically, we'd be a healthier people. So often we are more careful about the quality of the fuel we are putting into our cars than the food we take into our own bodies.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Catch Up Lady said...

I tend to think that diet soda can lead to weight gain b/c people will have a diet soda with a crappy meal or snacks and think that they are doing something right!

Diet soda is like regular soda, something that is a nice treat in moderation and as a part of a healthy diet. I work out and eat (mostly) healthy and have soda every now and again and I am not packing on pounds or anything, nor are my friends who drink far more soda than I do! I think you need not worry about weight gain if you are smart and drink water as a primary drink, and have sugary drinks as they were intended - in moderation.

1:12 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

I like how one spot they call it "liquid candy". If we treated it more like candy, like a treat as you say, then we'll be more careful about getting too much. We wouldn't walk around eating candy bars all day....o.k., well, somedays that seems like a good idea but.... LOL ;)

2:34 PM  

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