- I have been a teacher of fitness and health for thirty years. In 1989 I was certified for personal training with the National Acadamy of Sports Medicine. I had a gym in Santa Barbara for eight years. Co-owned and created a spinning bike company which manufactured bikes for five years. Also I have worked with nutrition companies for twenty years. Along with many wonderful non famous people I have trained many celebrities, and members of the Royal Family. My own athletic past consists of long distance running, long distance cycling, cross country skiing, down hill skiing, rollerblading, hiking, sand running, track work, and weight training. I have authored two fitness columns in local papers, and have been writing this blog since January 2010.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Why You Should Not Drink Diet Soda's
Many people think by drinking a diet soda they are making a better choice than choosing sugar soda's. Nothing could be further from the truth. Diet soda's are as bad if not worse than full blown sugar soda's. Both kinds cause major health risks.
There have been many studies done through the years to find out the effects that diet soda's have on our health. The outcome of these studies have proven that diet soda's put us at risk for cancer, heart disease, obesity, kidney disease, pancreatic cancer, and metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors such as excessive fat around the waist, high blood pressure, high levels of bad cholesterol, low levels of good cholesterol, and other unhealthy symptoms. When you have metabolic syndrome, your risk of heart disease and stroke doubles.
You are at a much higher risk of developing diabetes with diet or regular soda's.
Of course the soda companies strongly disagree with these studies, what a shock! However the evidence proves that diet soda's can be harmful to your health.
Most people drink diet soda to reduce their sugar and calorie intake. The problem with that choice is that diet drinks have actually been proven to increase appetite, which causes you to eat more than you might had you not drank the diet soda.
It has also been proven that diet soda drinkers have an overall bad diet. They tend to choose unhealthy processed foods full of sugars, saturated fats, and less fiber than people who do not drink soda's. They also exercise less and are more sedentary.
It has been my experience that this is true. All of the diet soda drinkers I have known eat poorly and most have a weight issue.
It is not uncommon for a diet soda drinker to order a cheeseburger, fries, and a diet soda. I have never gotten the point of that. Are they trying to cut calories? Do they actually think that they are doing something good for themselves? Not a lot of common sense with a choice like that.
If you are a diet soda drinker, (or a regular soda drinker; see my blog on soda's) make the choice to stop drinking that poison and begin to make healthier choices. A good alternative is to drink a half of a cup of juice with soda water added to it. You will have the bubbly carbonated drink with less harmful effects.
There is enough evidence to prove how harmful these drinks are. They now say that just two soda's a week raise your risk of pancreatic cancer by 50%. If that doesn't scare you off soda, I have nothing else to say!