Watching your weight? Then you may want to reconsider that diet soda in your hand. A recent study shows that consuming diet sodas may actually hurt your attempts to lose weight. In the San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging, individuals aged 65-74 who consumed diet soft drinks showed a 70 percent greater increase in waist circumference compared to study participants who did not consume the ‘diet’ fizzy beverages. So diet soda may cut calories, but it will also cut weight loss efforts as well. “When you have a larger waist circumference, you have higher levels of proteins that promote inflammation in the body, which increases the risk for diabetes,” says Amy Jamieson-Petonic, M.Ed, RD, CSSD, LD, director of wellness coaching at Cleveland Clinic. “This study will make me more cautious about recommending diet soda to my patients.” A better way to nourish your body is to find a diet plan that gives you energy to help you move better. If you crave the fizz, try club soda with a fresh slice of lime, orange or a splash of cranberry juice.