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Diet soda drinkers end up consuming more calories: Study
CBS News ^ | January 16, 2014 | Michelle Castillo

Posted on 01/18/2014 4:20:41 AM PST by ETL

A new study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shows that overweight and obese adults who drank diet beverages took in more food calories on average than their counterparts who drank the sugary stuff.

"Although overweight and obese adults who drink diet soda eat a comparable amount of total calories as heavier adults who drink sugary beverages, they consume significantly more calories from solid food at both meals and snacks," lead study author Sara Bleich, associate professor in the Bloomberg School's Department of Health Policy and Management, said in a press release.

Researchers looked at information from the 1999-2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which is a population-based survey that looks at the health and nutrition of U.S. adults. They looked particularly at diet beverage consumption, caloric intake and body weight.

Overall, diet soda consumption rates increased 17 percent from 1965 to today. Currently, about 20 percent of U.S. adults drink diet beverages.

Despite the calories they cut by sipping on diet drinks, researchers found adults who drank diet beverages ate more calories from solid food.

"The results of our study suggest that overweight and obese adults looking to lose or maintain their weight -- who have already made the switch from sugary to diet beverages -- may need to look carefully at other components of their solid-food diet, particularly sweet snacks, to potentially identify areas for modification," Bleich said.

The study was published in the American Journal of Public Health on Jan 16.

The researchers believe that the artificial sweeteners may activate more reward centers in the brain. This in turn affects a person's appetite, making the diet drinkers eat more food because they don’t think they are getting enough sugar in their bloodstreams.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dietsoda; regularsoda; sugar; weightgain
I believe it. Since I switched back to regular soda a couple months ago after years of only diet, I've actually lost around 15 pounds. I think the two may well affect a person's appetite for food differently.
1 posted on 01/18/2014 4:20:42 AM PST by ETL
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To: ETL

Diet Soda is like drinking rust (except Diet Sprite). I also never seen anyone become skinny drinking Diet Soda


2 posted on 01/18/2014 4:28:45 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: ETL

If Coke was smart, they should create a Coke 800, an eight hundred calorie soda. I bet people buying it would be thin. :)


3 posted on 01/18/2014 4:34:41 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014theyearofdeadRINOs)
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To: ETL

Stop drinking soda and you will lose weight.


4 posted on 01/18/2014 4:37:41 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

I’m more an iced tea fan myself (I make my own).


5 posted on 01/18/2014 4:41:05 AM PST by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: SeminoleCounty

Diet soda doesn’t work, because you only see fat people drinking it ;-)


6 posted on 01/18/2014 4:42:10 AM PST by 9422WMR (: " Tolerance is the virtue of a man who has no convictions".)
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To: ETL
I thinks some of it might be more mental rather than physical...Example: “The old joke about the fat person who walks into McDonalds and orders 3 big macs, a large fry. and a chocolate sundae. Then asks for a diet coke with that because “I'm trying to lose weight”. That is to say, a lot of obese people think diet sodas are a magic bullet and they will lose weight with that alone because it has the word diet in it, so they no longer even try to cut back on what they eat.
7 posted on 01/18/2014 4:47:03 AM PST by apillar
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To: ETL

This has been known for a long time. I am 6ft 2in and weigh 178 lb. I eat what I want but avoid artificial sweetners and high fructose corn syrup. I eat real butter not some oily crap. I’m 60 years old and on zero medication, except beer and Kentucky Bourbon. I am physically active but I don’t workout. People I have convinced to follow my lead have immediately lost weight and feel better in general.


8 posted on 01/18/2014 4:48:12 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: ETL

I get all my sugar from a bottle of VO.


9 posted on 01/18/2014 4:56:49 AM PST by Rodamala
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To: driftdiver

I don’t buy this “study.”

Twenty years ago, when I an overweight teen who was tired of being picked on for it, the first things I did were cut out sugary drinks and snacks as well as become more physically active. Dropped 40 pounds in three months and I’ve never put them back on by following the same regimen. No regular sodas, no sugar, regular activity.....all better for it.

Now, each has their own body chemistry so mileage may vary but I don’t see how advocating for more calories in one’s diet is a way for them to lose weight. Take in fewer calories, burn more calories, and voila....


10 posted on 01/18/2014 4:59:41 AM PST by FAA
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To: ETL

Some years back I switched to a modified paleo diet, but I struggled to shed pounds. Then I read something that prompted me to switch from Diet Coke/Diet Dr. Pepper to soft drinks sweetened with Splenda (Diet Rite or Diet RC). Within days I began shedding pounds. Since then I have noticed this same pattern several times. (I inevitably end up drinking aspartame drinks again because they are ubiquitous). I can’t prove it scientifically, but I suspect there is something about aspartame that hinders weight loss, at least for me.


11 posted on 01/18/2014 5:02:45 AM PST by .45 Long Colt
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To: RayChuang88
I’m more an iced tea fan myself (I make my own).

Same here. I went overboard though. I was making two quarts of iced tea at work. Very strong. I read that drinking diet Pepsi would give me kidney stones. After a year of drinking the tea I got a kidney stone. Ten cm long and 6 cm in diameter in my ureter. Two operations later I went back to diet Pepsi after I found out tea is high in oxalates. So is baby spinach. Two of my favorite things to have at work. Sigh.

I still drink tea - never coffee. Only one cup a day now.

12 posted on 01/18/2014 5:04:25 AM PST by raybbr (I weep over my sons' future in this Godforsaken country.)
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To: apillar

“The researchers believe that the artificial sweeteners may activate more reward centers in the brain. This in turn affects a person’s appetite, making the diet drinkers eat more food because they don’t think they are getting enough sugar in their bloodstreams.”

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/diet-soda-drinkers-consume-more-calories-study/


13 posted on 01/18/2014 5:04:30 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

I should have said the underlying assumption here is that more calories equal weight gain, but that’s totally wrong, at least for me.


14 posted on 01/18/2014 5:05:55 AM PST by .45 Long Colt
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To: ETL

Look at the label...you need a HAZMAT certification to truck Phosphoric Acid.


15 posted on 01/18/2014 5:07:37 AM PST by spokeshave (OMG.......Schadenfreude overload is not covered under Obamacare :-()
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To: ETL

But all the people in diet soda commercials are young and skinny. You mean commercials lie?


16 posted on 01/18/2014 5:13:25 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: I want the USA back

I believe there may well be something to the idea that the 2 different substances affect our appetites for food in different ways as post 13 suggests.


17 posted on 01/18/2014 5:16:09 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: I want the USA back

...and I normally gain weight as many in the colder climates do this time of year. Less exercise, home more often, etc.


18 posted on 01/18/2014 5:17:39 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: raybbr
Ten cm long and 6 cm in diameter in my ureter.

get a ruler out and think about what you just posted about the size of your kidney stone,


19 posted on 01/18/2014 5:18:02 AM PST by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: Dick Vomer
get a ruler out and think about what you just posted about the size of your kidney stone,

LOL Yeah, okay. It was millimeters. Sheesh!

See that white thing?

20 posted on 01/18/2014 5:20:27 AM PST by raybbr (I weep over my sons' future in this Godforsaken country.)
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To: ETL
Being a type II diabetic, I consumed lots of diet soda...until I read a similar study out the UK about a year ago...

I stopped drinking diet soda completely...

A few months back wife and I went to go out and happened to stop at sandwich shop that did not have brewed tea for a beverage...

I opted for the diet pepsi, figured it would kill me to drink one diet soda...

I literally could not drink it for the nasty chemical taste it left in my mouth..

I couldn't believe I drank that crap for years and years...

BTW, feel much better, more mental clarity and have lost weight...

21 posted on 01/18/2014 5:28:36 AM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: raybbr

Yeah, I see the stone in your proximal left ureter. Millimeters vs centimeters is a big difference. Hahahaha.


22 posted on 01/18/2014 5:28:36 AM PST by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: Dick Vomer

LOL! Beat me to it.


23 posted on 01/18/2014 5:37:04 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: apillar

I drink diet sodas and work with fat people who do as well. You’ve hit the nail on the head. Diet sodas give the fat people an excuse to eat more of the junk they like. It’s like they think they have a calorie budget and diet sodas give them more leeway to eat junk.


24 posted on 01/18/2014 5:40:20 AM PST by Varda
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To: Varda
Diet sodas give the fat people an excuse to eat more of the junk they like.

Agreed. But it might be more than just a mental thing. It could be, as the article mentions, that the body is 'tricked' into thinking it needs more sugar.

“The researchers believe that the artificial sweeteners may activate more reward centers in the brain. This in turn affects a person’s appetite, making the diet drinkers eat more food because they don’t think they are getting enough sugar in their bloodstreams.”

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/diet-soda-drinkers-consume-more-calories-study/

25 posted on 01/18/2014 5:58:16 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: .45 Long Colt

My experience decades ago was that I could go on a high protein diet and lose weight rapidly but could not stay on it long. I could go on a high carb diet with very minimal protein if any from meat, poultry, dairy etc. and lose weight that way. I could eat all the beans and rice, salads, corn bread and such that I wanted, even drinking iced tea sweetened with sugar and as much coffee as I wanted (I like coffee black, no cream or sweetener) and I would lose weight. As soon as I combined meat and potatoes I would blow up like a balloon.


26 posted on 01/18/2014 6:32:04 AM PST by RipSawyer (The TREE currently falling on you actually IS worse than a Bush.)
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To: ETL

Aspartame is a neurotoxin, and so is formaldehyde for that matter. I stopped the diet soft drinks about 2years ago. Sparking water was good enough replacement for me.


27 posted on 01/18/2014 6:38:31 AM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
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To: raybbr

Stop eating pennies!


28 posted on 01/18/2014 6:48:45 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: ETL

Then there are those folks that drink a Diet Coke...at the same time they eat a Snickers.


29 posted on 01/18/2014 6:57:42 AM PST by moovova
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To: ETL

“I’ll have a Big Mac, Super-size Fries, a Cherry Pie, and a diet Coke, please.”


30 posted on 01/18/2014 7:08:32 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: moovova

We used to joke at mcdonalds... “ I’ll have two Big Macs, a large fries, an apple pie, and a diet coke.”


31 posted on 01/18/2014 7:16:25 AM PST by ez (Muslims do not play well with others.)
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To: ETL

We used an acid to clean diesel soot off the sides of aluminum trailers. Someone broke two bottles of coke and it accidently spilled on an aluminum two wheeled dolly. That thing was as clean as the day it was new. We used coke on the trailers. Shook the cans and sprayed it on the sides. Got a little expensive, but worked great.


32 posted on 01/18/2014 7:19:16 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: ETL

I think some of the artificial sweeteners actually stimulate appetite by increasing insulin output without increasing blood sugar. Try having a bowl of cereal in the morning (or carbs in general) and then a diet coke before lunch. Wow - not good. I do not get the same effect from sucralose (diet rite, Jones Zilch etc). No soda is best but regular in moderation is better than many diet ones.


33 posted on 01/18/2014 7:33:14 AM PST by IFly4Him
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To: ETL

Oh, good grief. I drink water and I also drink diet soda; I don’t have a weight problem. Same for my husband. His family all drinks them, and they’re all thin.


34 posted on 01/18/2014 7:38:55 AM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: ETL

I switched to water.


35 posted on 01/18/2014 7:40:18 AM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

The study doesn’t imply that everyone who drinks diet soda, in whatever amounts, is going to gain weight. It obviously depends on a lot of other factors, such as body chemistry, metabolism, genetics, exercise or lack of, etc, etc.


36 posted on 01/18/2014 7:50:56 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

Personally I think some folks just get a diet drink and decide to make up the calories (and then some) with food.


37 posted on 01/18/2014 7:56:14 AM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: ETL

I drink diet sodas and don’t feel any more attracted to junk than when I drink tea or water. I think the diet sodas causing an increase in appetite is just an excuse.


38 posted on 01/18/2014 7:58:41 AM PST by Varda
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To: CatherineofAragon; IFly4Him

But the body does have trigger mechanisms. And it could be the case that the substances in diet sodas fool it into thinking we need to eat more.

“I think some of the artificial sweeteners actually stimulate appetite by increasing insulin output without increasing blood sugar.”—IFly4Him
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“The researchers believe that the artificial sweeteners may activate more reward centers in the brain. This in turn affects a person’s appetite, making the diet drinkers eat more food because they don’t think they are getting enough sugar in their bloodstreams.”

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/diet-soda-drinkers-consume-more-calories-study/


39 posted on 01/18/2014 8:00:19 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

I just don’t buy into the idea that diet drinks “trick” people into eating more. We’re all responsible for how much we choose to eat. I can tell when I’m full regardless of what I’m drinking.


40 posted on 01/18/2014 8:25:14 AM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: ETL

This is a ridiculous study. The researchers report that obese people who drank diet soda ate more. Ok, so what? Then they went way off base with their cause and effect. How can they make the correlation when they couldn’t find the same effect in people of normal weight? This is a huge flaw, in addition to offering absolutely no proof that some undefined sweet sensors in the brain force you to consume more calories to make up for the lack of sugar from regular soda. How does this happen? They never bother to tell us. I don’t know about you, but these are two huge red flags that should have ensured that this “study” never saw the light of day. But there it is. The grant money industry causes incredible things to happen.


41 posted on 01/18/2014 10:00:27 AM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: grumpygresh
Aspartame is a neurotoxin

Sure. If true, then a banana is also loaded with neurotoxin. Do you believe that as well.

42 posted on 01/18/2014 10:08:20 AM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: .45 Long Colt

You may be on to something. Many artificial sweeteners were never tested for insulin responses for non-Type 1 Diabetes. They work for patients who do not produce insulin, but have been found to increase insulin production in others. I suspect those with insulin resistence will continue to gain weight with certain diet sodas.

When I switched over to low carb, I cut out diet sodas. I observed that they stopped the ketosis process and slowed down weight loss.


43 posted on 01/18/2014 10:19:08 AM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

If they want to convince me, they need to show skinny people who start drinking Diet Coke start gaining weight, while skinny people who do NOT start drinking Diet Coke maintain their weight.

Personally, I can drink Diet Coke at various times of the day and not be hungry until dinner time, or at least no more hungry than I am if I drink water under the same circumstances.

I think this study really shows fat people are more likely to drink Diet Coke than skinny people - what a shock!


44 posted on 01/18/2014 10:27:41 AM PST by Mr Rogers (Liberals are like locusts...)
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To: Mase

That would depend on the concentration and exact form of aspartame in bananas vs diet soda. Perhaps the aspartame in bananas is less absorbed than with sodas. I looked, but I didn’t find much on bananas and aspartame.


45 posted on 01/18/2014 10:39:09 AM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
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To: raybbr

Are you sure it was cm and not mm?? ;-)

Yes, you have to watch out for oxalates - especially if you are consuming a lot of calcium.


46 posted on 01/18/2014 11:14:09 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: grumpygresh
Aspartame is comprised of phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol. When they are bound together, they create aspartame. These three things exist in much greater quantities in a banana than in a can of Diet Coke. If these three ingredients are toxic in a Diet Coke then they have to be toxic in a banana.

The banana serves as an excellent example for why you shouldn't believe everything you read on the internet when it comes to aspartame. Even so, there are people who will continue to argue that consuming a banana is dangerous to your health. Silly, isn't it? If you eat a 4 oz. piece of cooked chicken with a glass of red wine, apple juice, or tomato juice, you will get about ten times more phenylalanine and aspartic acid than the amount found in a Diet Coke, and two to three times more methanol. Do you really think a small piece of cooked chicken and a glass of apple juice is toxic?

The fear of aspartame is irrational.

47 posted on 01/18/2014 11:41:20 AM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: Mr Rogers

Yep, I’m with you.

IMO it’s another attempt to convince people some outside factor is responsible for their weight, instead of their own habits.


48 posted on 01/18/2014 12:28:20 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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