Are Diet Sodas Losing Their Fizz?

diet-soda-and-weight-loss1You’ve dropped the soda a couple of years ago because you’re now drinking diet soda. Silently, you’re thinking it’s the best thing ever. Losing weight isn’t so bad with a diet soda on hand. You can still enjoy the fizz without the calories.  Sounds pretty neat, right? Unfortunately, it’s not all that neat. As a matter of fact, it’s very dangerous.

How Bad Are Diet Sodas?

It’s a fact that diet sodas aren’t good for the body. Based on a Northern Manhattan Study, people that drink diet sodas regularly are at risk for heart attacks and strokes.  This study was featured on the CBS News.

A new study of people who drank diet soda everyday reports that they have a forty-eight percent higher risk of heart attack and strokes.

The study went on for nine years. There were about twenty five hundred respondents.  They were followed and asked about their soda consumption. The findings were very alarming. People that drank soda everyday were at a higher risk for heart attack and stroke. Even with an intake of just one soda a day, the respondent was still at high risk.

Not Exactly A Safe Way To Lose Weight

Diet sodas give a false sense of security. You might think that you can take an extra bite of that juicy hamburger and get away with it. After all, you are partnering it with a cold glass of diet soda.

According to Dr. Jennifer Ashton, a medical correspondent, author, and physician, partnering your juicy hamburger with a diet soda doesn’t count at all.

… if you’re drinking something that has no calories, are you lulled into a false sense of  security in thinking that … you can have that fatty food or those extra calories somewhere else …

This is something to think about. Diet sodas do give a false sense of security. So if you think you can take that extra bite, think again. Not only will you ruin your diet, you’ll also put yourself at risk. It seems like the dangers of drinking diet soda are more than the benefits you had always thought where there.

Time To Stop?

So you’re probably thinking, should I stop drinking diet sodas? Just like anything else, can it be taken in moderation?

We have to remember that our bodies are roughly sixty percent water. They’re not sixty percent soda or diet soda. So again, we say in moderation, probably fine. But moderation is a couple times a week not once a day.

Considering that a daily intake of just one diet soda is bad enough as it is, it’s better to find a healthier alternative for your daily beverage intake.

Go for more natural, healthy alternatives. So don’t go for the diet. So things like water, seltzer where you can put a little bit of fruit into it, if you want that extra flavor or unsweetened teas. They really are a much, much healthier alternative when you’re talking about your beverages.

You can also look into the fruit drinks of Nutrisystem. They offer Cranberry Mango, Orange Blend, and Tropical Punch. They also have Raspberry Iced Tea. These drinks are certainly healthier alternatives for you.

More Dangers From Diet Sodas

According to Dr. Ashton, there are other health risks from drinking diet sodas.

We heard recently also that people who drink diet soda are at an increased risk for something called metabolic syndromes.  So that’s a combination, again, of risk factors of obesity, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure that then …..put you at risk for heart attack and stroke. Also, interestingly enough, women who consume diet soda are found to be at increased risk for kidney failure and kidney disease. So again, once in awhile okay, but as a regular part of your beverage intake, really not a good idea.

There seem to be more dangers than benefits from drinking diet sodas. It looks more like diet sodas are finally losing their fizz as a weight loss beverage.

Why We Struggle To Lose Weight

struggling-to-lose-weight1Who isn’t struggling with weight loss? Just thinking about it is enough of a struggle for some. I’m sure you squirm at the idea of weight loss because I do. Even with just a couple of pounds to lose, the thought of dieting is painful.

But what’s even worse than the thought of losing weight is this; not being able to shed any pounds at all. That’s really frustrating. After dieting and all, the pounds aren’t dropping. Obviously, this has happened to me and I’m pretty sure it has happened to you too.  When it comes to losing weight, we, women, struggle way more than men.

Angeles Burke, a fitness and wellness director, cites five reasons why we struggle to lose weight.

We Don’t Eat Enough

We don’t eat enough? Sounds surreal but according to Burke, it happens. Some women resort to a low-calorie diet that’s created for everybody. These generic diets are the ones that are published in magazine or posted online. What happens is that these women don’t consider their own body type. They just get on a generic, low-calorie diet and end up depriving their body. So when they get out of that particular diet, they end up eating more. Unfortunately, they gain back the weight.

We Eat A Lot

According to Burke, women are attached emotionally to food. Such is the reason why we eat a lot. This makes sense. Let’s face it. We eat when we’re happy. We eat when we’re sad. And aside from shopping, eating is one of the things we do when we meet up with our girlfriends. We eat while we’re chatting. We eat when we need to. And unfortunately, we eat even if we don’t need to. The bottomline is that we love to eat. And I agree to that a hundred percent.That explains why we struggle a lot to lose weight.

We Have More Body Fat

This is the sad truth. We have more body fat than men. This is because we need the body fat during pregnancy.

According to sciencedaily,com, our body fat is six to eleven percent more than the body fat of men. Ouch!  The estrogen slows down our metabolism With a slow metabolism, we end up storing more fat in our body.  This makes us struggle with weight loss even more.

We Don’t Have Much Muscle Growth

Scientifically speaking, our bodies don’t produce enough testosterone. Hence, we have less muscle growth. So we have more body fat but than muscles. That puts us in a position to struggle with weight loss because muscles burn more calories than body fat.

We Don’t Watch The Calories

We don’t count the calories? Or we’re counting them wrong.  Here’s my personal opinion. I think we watch the calories. Calorie content is the first thing we think about  when we’re about to sink our teeth into a decadent chocolate cake.

We usually have a ballpark figure of the amount of calories there are in the food we eat. But sometimes we don’t really care (We still end up taking a bite of the decadent chocolate cake, right?) In some cases when we’re trying to limit our calorie intake, we’re just not counting the calories right. So what happens is that we end up gaining back the weight.

Now hold on. There are more reasons why we, women, struggle to lose weight. It’s not just the relationship we have with food, the body fat, the lack of muscle growth, and the blind eye to calories. This article cites more reasons why it’s so hard for us to lose weight.

Our Medicine Is Making Us Gain Weight

Some medications can be fattening. Antihistamines can make us feel lazy, preventing us from burning more calories. Some antidepressants can make us eat more.  Birth control pills, on the other hand, can add about five pounds to our weight.  Thanks to the estrogen in birth control pills, we end up retaining a lot of water in our body. Other medications that can make us fat are sleep aids, migraine meds, and steroids.

It’s In Our Genes

Oh no! This one is scary. Studies show that women who were overweight or obese while pregnant have more chances of delivering overweight babies. Unfortunately, there are more chances of overweight babies ending up as fat adults.  So if we’re struggling to lose weight right now, we may have to ask mom a couple of questions.

Our Workout Isn’t Enough Or We Don’t Workout At All

I guess this is common sense. We’re not exerting enough effort to exercise. Or even worse, we’re not exercising at all. Sometime it’s not enough that we take the stairs instead of the elevator. If we’re really serious about losing weight, we need to exercise everyday. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, we should be exercising everyday for an hour.  Furthermore, we shouldn’t just stick cardio exercises. We should add some aerobic exercises and strength training as well.

This can be challenging. It’s hard to exercise for an hour every single day. That’s not easy for me to do and I’m sure you feel the same way. But that shouldn’t derail our weight loss plans. Marisa Sherry, a registered dietitian, says we can try to spare 20 to 30 minutes of exercise everyday. That’s a lot better than not exercising at all.

We’re Not Sleeping Enough

Lack of sleep also makes us fat.  We end up eating just to keep ourselves awake. It happens all the time at work and even at home.

I have experienced this many times. Just to keep myself awake, I reach out for some candies (maybe even for some chocolates) to perk me up. Eating or munching seems to be the most convenient thing to do to wake up the mind and body. But of course, it’s not the wisest thing to do. According to researches, sleep deprivation increases the level of a stress hormone called cortisol. This in turn stimulates the appetite. So that explains why I’m always reaching out for food when I’m just too sleepy.

We’re Just Too Stressed Out

Stress, like sleep deprivation, is also fattening. When we’re stressed out, our body releases cortisol. By now, we all we end up eating a lot with this stress hormone.

There are definitely a lot of reasons why we struggle to lose weight. There might even be more reasons that I’m not aware of at the moment. But my point is that we should never make these reasons as excuses NOT to lose weight.

Cooking Blunders That Won’t Help You Lose Weight

cooking-blunders-losing-weight1Cooking your own food is one good way to lose weight. You get to choose healthier ingredients. It may take some time, but you have control over the quality of food you’re feeding your body. This makes it easier for you to lose weight, right?

Wrong! In some worse case scenarios, you might end up gaining more weight when you cook your own food. Even if you are prudent with your food ingredients, you can still end up gaining up. Why?  Two words for you; cooking blunders.

According to a study conducted recently, middle-aged women who actually cook meals at home are prone to suffer from metabolic syndrome.  That is if they are not careful with their cooking.

So even if you are carefully choosing healthier food ingredients, you might be guilty of these cooking blunders.

A Dangerous Combination: Cooking And Munching

A little bit of that. A little bit of this. Those little bits can actually add on to a lot. That’s what happens you when you cook your own meals at home. You end up tasting and munching even before you sit down to enjoy your meal.

It’s hard not to munch while you’re cooking. First of all, you have to really taste what you’re cooking. Second, you just can’t help it most especially if you’re hungry.

You don’t really have to stop yourself from munching while you’re cooking. You can just be a lot smarter. For example, you can opt to munch on a cucumber or a bell pepper while cooking. If you can’t help but indulge a little, just deduct that from your usual food intake as you partake of your meal. The point is this. You need to consider the amount of calories that you’ve munched on while cooking.

Ditching The Carbo

Should you decide to ditch the carbo, be careful. For some women, they tend to deprive themselves of the bread, pasta, and rice. They choose healthier alternatives only to end up eating more of it.

There’s nothing wrong with substituting your carbo with healthier alternatives like unpolished rice and quinoa. But opting for healthier alternatives doesn’t mean you can eat so much of them. You still have to limit your food intake by making sure you’re not taking in too many calories. Remember, every kind of food contains calories. Just because you’re eating healthier options doesn’t mean you’re not taking in calories. You still have to be careful with the calories. So don’t make the mistake of cooking a healthy dish to indulge in. You still have to make sure you’re within your calorie budget.

Overloading On The Cheese

Who doesn’t love cheese? Everybody does. So you definitely want to add that extra layer of cheese to your lasanga right?  That’s the good thing about cooking your own meal; you can do anything you want to make your dish extra special. You can even choose the kind of cheese you want to indulge in. You have the power to add aged-to-perfection cheeses to your grilled cheese sandwich. No one can stop you there.

But you have to remember this. Whatever kind of cheeses you’re using, you’re not exempt from gaining a couple of pounds from indulging too much. Whether you’re enjoying slices of aged-to-perfection cheeses or processed cheeses, you’re bound to take in calories. And if you don’t watch it, you’re bound to take in more calories than you should. So watch your cheese intake.  Take it easy with the mac and cheese. Overloading on the cheese can prevent you from losing weight even if you’re doing the cooking yourself.

Enjoying Too Much Sweets And Desserts

It happens. After cooking your own meal, you want to reward yourself with a slice of that chocolate cake or a bar of that milk chocolate. And since, you know you had cooked yourself a healthy meal, you think you deserve that.  Well, you deserve it once in a while but not all the time.

Cooking your own meals at home is not a passport for you to eat more. You still have to watch what you eat.

If you really want to lose weight and at the same time, eat good and healthy food; you don’t have to spend a lot time preparing and cooking your own meals. As a matter of fact, you don’t have to cook anything.

There are various meal replacement plans that you can look into. You can actually get home cooked meals from such plans. The best part is that you don’t have to worry about the calories. This is because the calories have already been calculated for you. So you get to eat a meal that has the right amount of calories for your daily budget. And yes, can still enjoy a little bit of that and a little bit of this without having to prepare or to cook anything at home.

Opting for a meal replacement plan can save you a lot of time and effort. This spares you from committing any more cooking blunders that will only prevent you from losing all the weight.