Diet soda is often touted as a way to prevent weight gain. But is it true or is it just a marketing ploy? Well, Sharon Fowler and Ken Williams from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) found that the fact may be the opposite.
They analyzed data from 1,177 non-obese participants of the San Antonio Heart Study, an epidemiologic study conducted at UTHSCSA, and found out that while regular soda did not significantly related to the incidence of becoming overweight or obese, diet soda were.
“On average, for each diet soft drink our participants drank per day, they were 65 percent more likely to become overweight during the next seven to eight years, and 41 percent more likely to become obese,” said Fowler as written in the UTHSCSA press release.
One possible reason for this is because diet soda doesn’t give any nutrition for your body and so it may seek compensation from other foods. Drinking diet soda then is just the same as adding more stuff to your body, because it can’t replace the real nourishment needed by your body.