Diet beverages increase weight gain.

dietsodas1Researchers at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that consumption of diet increased weight gain in obese or over weight individuals. The findings were published in the journal of American Journal of Public Health. The trend of consuming diet soda has increased substantially as the prevailing belief appears to be that consuming diet sodas and decreases the amounts of calories consumed.

“Although overweight and obese adults who drink diet soda eat a comparable amount of total calories as heavier adults who drink sugary , they consume significantly more calories from solid at both meals and snacks,” said Sara Bleich, PhD, with the Bloomberg School’s Policy and Management and lead author of the paper.

Prior research specified the probable reason and linked artificial sweeteners found in diet to a greater activation of reward centers in the brain, altering the reward a person experiences from the . As a result, consumption of diet drinks may result in increased intake overall.

“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 –may need to look carefully at other components of their solid- diet, particularly sweet snacks, to potentially identify areas for modification,” said Bleich.


Sara N. Bleich, Julia A. , Sienna Vine and Y. Claire Wang. Diet Beverage Consumption and Caloric Intake Among Adults Overall and by Body Weight. American Journal of Public Health, January 2014

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