On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m comparing diet soda vs regular soda vs stevia soda, and answering the question, is diet soda bad for weight loss?
Yes, you read it right, I’m comparing different types of sodas.
Well this proves it.
If you ask me to cover a certain topic on Food Wars, I’m going to deliver.
This was a request from a Live Lean TV viewer who wanted to know if they should be drinking diet soda or regular soda to lose weight.
I have to be upfront, I do not support drinking soda.
Water should be your biggest liquid ally when it comes to optimal health and weight loss.
If your goal is to live the lean lifestyle, and get faster weight loss results, stick to “vitamin W”, pure and refreshing water.
Even though I could talk about the health benefits of drinking water all day long, some people will just not drink enough water, because of their addiction to soda.
If you’re one of these people that love soda, you need to keep reading.
At the end of this post, I reveal a third soda alternative, other than water, that is zero calories, and contains natural sweeteners from a plant called stevia.
Yes, there is a zero calorie soda that does not contain artificial sweeteners.
So if I can’t get you to stop drinking soda, my job is to convince you to make better decisions by choosing the healthiest type of soda, that is going to do less harm to your weight loss journey.
Is the healthiest type of soda: diet soda, regular soda, or stevia soda?
Lets find out by digging into what is the best type of soda for you to drink, for weight loss.
Today we’re comparing diet soda vs regular soda vs stevia soda.
Yes, the third alternative, stevia soda, is fairly new to the soda market, and I’ll talk about it at the end.
Lets start off by looking at diet soda.
Since diet soda is zero calories, that should be a good thing for weight loss, right?
As you know, the key to weight loss is to be in a calorie deficit by burning more calories than you take in.
So most people would assume that a zero calorie drink, like diet soda, should be pretty good.
But lets look a little bit deeper at the ingredients.
Diet soda is zero calories because the sugar is replaced by artificial sweeteners and other chemicals that are probably just eating away at our insides.
If you’ve watched my Food Wars on zero calorie natural sweeteners vs artificial sweeteners, I revealed that artificial sweeteners are nothing but chemicals in your body.
I also read a study that tested people who drank diet soda versus people who drank regular soda for three years.
The study concluded that the people who drank diet soda actually gained more body fat.
Is that possible?
How does a person who drinks a zero calorie soda gain more fat versus a person who drinks a regular soda that contains 150 calories and over 40 grams of sugar?
It’s also important to look at how the sodas affect your hunger.
The chemicals and artificial sweeteners in diet sodas can increase your appetite, hunger, and cravings for sugar and junk food.
So even though diet soda is zero calories, it’s deceiving because it may cause people to consume more calories at the end of the day.
In other words, people are eating more food, because they’re hungrier.
Now this is just one study, but if you find drinking diet soda increases you hunger, compared to regular soda, maybe you should switch to regular soda.
For example, maybe that 150 calories and 40 grams of sugar from regular soda ends up being less than the extra calories that you’d consume from binging on foods, since your cravings are elevated.
This is something you’ll have to test for yourself.
Lets move on to the third alternative that is a zero calorie soda, sweetened with a natural sweetener called stevia, and it contains no artificial sweeteners.
So if you love soda but want to lose weight, try this zero calorie, stevia sweetened soda.
Try to find a zero calorie soda, that is naturally sweetened with stevia.
But other than that, I can’t promise you that you’re going to lose weight as fast as you possibly can.
Once again, I have to re-affirm that if you’re looking to Live Lean, drink more water.
Water should be your number one ally when it comes to liquids.
There is no better hydrator, cleanser, and all round healthy liquid than water.
Stick with the clean liquids.
Hopefully you got something from this video.
I know it was kind of all over the place, but I don’t really have a solid answer for you.
So if you “can’t” give up soda, and are looking to lose weight, experiment with zero calorie, naturally sweetened stevia soda.
Give it a try.
I’m very curious to hear about your weight loss results from drinking soda.
To be honest, I don’t even remember what soda tastes like as I haven’t had a drink of it in probably six or seven years.
So, as you saw in the video, I took a little taste of the stevia sweetened soda.
Even though I don’t really remember what regular soda tastes like, the stevia soda did taste similar to what I remember what a regular soda would taste like.
Based on this, stevia soda could be an option for you to try.
But then I dumped it out after filming, because I honestly don’t like the taste or feeling of soda.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.