DIET SODA CAUSES BELLY FAT
For way too long (and despite being one of the fattest peoples in the history of the world) Americans have been hung up on CALORIES. And for a very long time, I've been telling you that the secret to WEIGHT MANAGEMENT has little to do with them. Case in point; DIET SODA. If you click the link you can see that I have shown you over and over again that diet soda actually causes more weight gain than SUPER SUGARY regular soda --- most particularly in the form of the worst kind of weight gain ---- BELLY FAT (aka "Abdominal Obesity"). The thing is, we largely know how it happens. The ASPARTAME screws up your MICROBIOME (HERE), which in turn fouls up your ENDOCRINE SYSTEM. For those who don't "get it" there's a brand new study just for you.
Lead author, DR. SHARON FOWLER of the University of Texas analyzed the data of the SALSA Study (The San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging), and came to some shocking conclusions. After looking at individuals who turned 65 years old between 1992 and 1996, they looked at the biometric data about a decade down the road (just over 70% were still alive at study's end in 2004), publishing the results in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. Conclusions are as follows.
"In a striking dose-response relationship, increasing DSI [Diet Soda Intake] was associated with escalating abdominal obesity, a potential pathway for cardiometabolic risk in this aging population."
Let me put this in terms you can understand. After adjusting for confounding factors (SMOKING, lack of EXERCISE, DIABETES, etc), they discovered that the Diet Soda group gained nearly four times more belly fat than those who did not drink diet soda at all (3.16 inches to .8 inches). Not surprising considering that for a long time I've been telling people that GUT HEALTH is the most important kind of health, and METABOLIC SYNDROME is directly related to what's going on in your Gut.
A similar study was recently done at Johns Hopkins using the NHANES data (1999-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey), and published in the January issue of the American Journal of Public Health (Diet Beverage Consumption and Caloric Intake Among US Adults Overall and by Body Weight). They parroted results we have seen repeatedly over the past decade --- that OVERWEIGHT AND OBESE persons who drink diet soda end up eating more empty calories than those who drink regular soda.
Beyond destroying good bacteria, we know that Aspartame and other EXCITOTOXINS heavily stimulate the brain's reward centers. This helps lead to both SUGAR ADDICTIONS and JUNK FOOD ADDICTIONS --- a significant factor not only in our national Obesity Epidemic, but in our national poor health. In fact, I would go so far to say that I'm not sure I've met a woman with FIBROMYALGIA who does not have a problem with sugar or junk carbs.
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).