The trigger to kick start the week long diet soda deprivation began when I started hearing about the dangers of aspartame, the artificial sweetener in most of our calorie free drinks. I thought, but the FDA would not approve something bad for me and if it weren't for diet soda I'd never lose weight. But then I began researching and I learned a thing or two such as:
- Researchers tracked 9,500 men/women for nine years and found the risk of developing Syndrome X , the collection of risk factors for obesity, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, was 34 percent higher for those drinking even one can of diet soda daily than for those who didn’t drink diet soda at all.
- Diet sodas contain known carcinogens, tooth and bone destroying acids (phosphoric acid) and DNA damaging colourings (sulphite ammonia caramel).
- Hawaii recently tried banning aspartame due to health concerns and aspartame is banned in several countries.
- Aspartame can trigger SUGAR CRAVINGS and make you gain weight! From what I read, the sweet sensation triggers the brain to want something sweet and Aspartame is not sugar. Thus the body begins to crave and demand real sugar to satisfy the sensation of sweetness it received in the brain.
The first few days sans fake sugar gave me a slight headache, I had less energy than usual, but its subsided now and I'm 11 days diet soda free with no plans to resume. Some say there's no negative side effects to diet soda, but I'm of the "better safe than sorry" mentality and I've seen the positive effect its had for me, and really, what am I losing out on? A diuretic that gave no nutrition or substance to my body?
If you have seemingly uncontrollable cravings like I did and drink diet soda regularly why not try to go without for a week and see? If the prospect feels frightening perhaps its the best reason of all to quit for good.