These studies are stupid. Studies have shown that people that drink diet soda tend to gain more weight, but correlation doesn't equal causation. I have never had a diet soda and later became hungrier because of it. It might be different for some people, but I have never had that happen. And really it is no surprise that people that drink diet soda gain more weight...people with healthy lifestyles probably drink water. Its not that drinking diet soda makes you fat, it is that people that are fat drink diet soda to be "healthier."
I do think sweeteners can cause people to gain weight but maybe more from a psychological perspective than a biological one. The rat test is just that - a rat test. Anyone with half a brain reading a rat test should know it is not definitive of what happens on humans but it is interesting, to me at least, nonetheless. I always found the rat study interesting that it seems in rats when they taste something sweet, even if lacking calories or sugar, triggers a response for the body to go into storage mode.
All I know is that my weight is fine and have used plenty of artificial sweeteners over the last 20 years. I also have great blood-work and good fitness. I'm personally more concerned that they have other, long-term health problems. However, I haven't seen any clinic studies yet suggesting that (always happy to read some, though!).
Again, I understand that these sweeteners offer no health benefits and I respect the decision not to use them, either out of caution or just good taste, but I do think they are made a bit of a boogie man.
Female, 5'3", 48, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135.
Starting bench press: 30lbs. Current bench press: 75lbs.
poison messed up your diet? shocking.
Yeah diet coke contains excitotoxins that mess up the brain.
I hate ketosis. It's incredibly muscle-wasting. What more than likely happened is since you went to the gym while on ketosis, you spiked your blood sugar. How? Because YOU WENT TO THE GYM, which is glucose-demanding. Fat is very poorly converted into glucose. Muscle isn't. You probably consumed a substantial amount of muscle tissue during your exercise, causing a large glucose dump in your blood stream to fuel your workout. Working out on a ketogenic diet is a fantastic way to burn through muscle tissue and spare fat.
It probably continued to read zero for awhile because your body continued to break down muscle into glucose to try and recover some glycogen and break out of the carb-free Hell you're putting your ailing body through for no good reason.
I don't understand why people do ketogenic diets. It destroys muscle tissue and is an emergency metabolism that your body does not want to be in. Yes, you can function on it, but it's like running on back-up power. Weight loss comes down to an energy deficit, and an energy deficit on a ketogenic diet is a fantastic way to make sure as much of the weight lost comes from muscle as possible.
That being said, I'd probably rather drink regular Coke than Diet Coke. It's very toxic.
Last edited by ChocoTaco369; 04-27-2012 at 11:36 AM.
Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.
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