In The News: Dieting? Ditch the Diet Soda

| 6/30/2011 11:26:36 AM

J.PattonThose in search of the perfect bikini body this summer should lay off the diet soda, a new study suggests.

The study, which was performed by researchers at the University of Texas Health and Science Center San Antonio, wanted to study the association between body fat and diet soda over time. Researchers followed 474 adults during the course of almost 10 years. They monitored their diet soda intake and measured their height, weight and waistline circumference during the time period as well. The results were quite devastating for diet soda fanatics.

All of the participants saw an expansion in their waistlines (which is no surprise, considering the current state of the obesity epidemic), but the participants who reported drinking diet soda had 70 percent greater expansion than those who chose healthier beverages.

And the more diet soda participants guzzled, the larger their waistlines grew. Those who consumed two or more diet sodas a day saw a 500 percent greater bulge in their britches than non-drinkers did.

"Diet" doesn't necessarily mean better for you. A recent study suggests that regular
diet soda drinkers gain more weight over time than non-drinkers.
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This isn’t the first bad review diet soda has faced in recent years. Earlier this year, a study suggested that those who regularly drink diet soda also have a greater risk of stroke and heart attack.