How Soda (and Diet Soda) Can Slow Down Weight Loss

How Regular Soda and Diet Soda can slow down Weight Loss
By Jaimi Jansen, CEO & Owner, Santa Cruz CORE Fitness + Rehab

One sugar mistake that people make that can slow down metabolism is drinking soda, diet or otherwise.

scale-weight-loss Soda (and diet soda) contain artificial sweeteners that have been proven to stimulate the same hormonal and metabolic responses in your body as real sugar.

When you consume artificial sweeteners your brain and gut anticipate calories from sugar, which causes your body to produce insulin and store fat. Soda, however, has excessively high levels of artificial sugar which lead to a higher storage of fat and contributes to dehydration.

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Drawbacks of Soda

Dehydration is a major set-back of drinking soda, as they are typically packed with high levels of artificial sugars, sodium, and caffeine. Caffeine is a diuretic, meaning that it lowers water absorption in the body, it does so by lowering the levels of ADH (Anti-Diuretic Hormone).

When you consume artificial sweeteners your brain and gut anticipate calories from sugar, which causes your body to produce insulin and store fat

Caffeine and sodium are also major players in increasing blood pressure with has a negative effect in overall circulatory health and can lead to strokes and heart attacks.

Metabolic Syndrome

Additionally most sodas contain high fructose corn syrup and consumption of these sugars can lead to “metabolic syndrome.” Metabolic syndrome can be described as a group of risk factors that increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke. It has been argued that consuming fructose in the same quantities as sugar has a more damaging effect on your metabolism that consuming real sugar.

Both high fructose corn syrup(HFCS) and table sugar (sucrose) are made from glucose and fructose, the difference lies in their respective sources and their whether there is a bond present.

Sucrose is a disaccharide that is extracted from sugar canes or sugar beets, it is a combination of one glucose and one fructose. While HFCS is made primarily from corn and consist of free glucose and free fructose, unbonded.

This leads to HFCS having an uneven ratio between fructose and glucose, there is more fructose than glucose in it. HFCS has the economic “benefit” of being cheap which explains why it is so often the artificial sweetener of choice.

Replacing Soda

The best way to hydrate your body is to of course stick to water, but if you really must drink your daily soda, one solution would be to invest in an at-home soda maker. This ensures that you can monitor the ingredients that go into your beverage while limiting the amount of sugar you are consuming.

hydrate-drink-water-silhouetteA way to make soda is to create a mix of mineral body and fresh-juice. The mineral water provides your body with electrolytes which promote absorption instead of opposing it like caffeine in soda.

The fresh juice then provides you a decent level of vitamin C and filling fiber, not to mention antioxidants. One final way to enjoy a carbonated drink without drinking soda is to drink kombucha. Kombucha is a fermented drink made from a wide range of teas and sugar. It has the benefit of providing you with high levels of probiotics with promote gastrointestinal health.

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It is important to stick to consuming drinks that have at least some nutritional value instead of none like soda. Once you take the addictive properties of sugar into account, it is quite clear that drinking soda is one of the biggest mistakes a dieter can make.


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