How Can Diet Soda Cause Weight Gain?
How can something with no calories lead to weight gain? The exact mechanism is unknown, but there are several theories. One is the possibility that diet soda isn’t causing weight gain so much as accompanying it. You notice you’ve gained a few pounds, so you decide to switch from regular to diet soda. The pounds continue to pile on, but you keep drinking the diet soda, thinking that you’re helping your diet at least a little. In such a situation, the diet drinks aren’t causing your weight gain – increasing caloric intake is, perhaps coupled with a slowing metabolism. Another theory on diet soda and weight gain is the scenario familiar to many dieters: it’s “okay” to eat that hot fudge sundae or that pack of fries, as long as we drink a diet pop. It’s important to remember that diet drinks don’t give us permission to load up on calories from other food and drink sources.