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Diet Soda Study Shows Surprising Results   
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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.

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Faye Jones commented on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 2:11 PM
Diet is the only soda available in CCF vending machines. Is this a problem?
Richard Thousand commented on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 6:42 PM
Talk about your sensationalism. One study is cited, made up  of 65-74 yo residents of San Antonio.
Were several diet drinks used?
Was it the drink or the pound of chips and salsa they ate while drinking the diet drinks?
The Director of wellness is going to use this study to caution her patients! Really?
I would expect a higher degree of scientific evidence from Cleveland Clinic.
Michael F. Roizen, M.D. commented on Friday, September 30, 2011 9:09 AM
While these data are intriguing, they are not definitive...meaning you may choose to act on the findings as an individual but until the evidence is from four studies and at least one a randomized controlled trial, we usually do not change policies that affect large populations, like what is available in vending machines and cafeterias.   The data on avoiding tobacco products, sugared beverages, trans fats all had and have much higher levels of evidence.  Thanks for your question.   Young Dr Mike
Michael F. Roizen, M.D. commented on Monday, October 03, 2011 4:25 PM
While this study does not contain enough evidence for implementing major change (as I mentioned above we require data from four studies and at least one randomized controlled trial for policy changes), it does give me reason to pause and consider the real benefits of diet soda.  This post is simply meant to shed light on current findings.
Rachel Thomas commented on Saturday, January 07, 2012 11:14 AM
I lost 15 pounds over a short period of time a number of years ago when I did nothing else but switch to diet soda.  I was not able to continue that loss because I still ate a horrible diet and exercised very little, but it definitely made a significant difference for me.
nancy commented on Saturday, January 07, 2012 1:22 PM
Sugar is hard to put down. What do you suggest to help transition into sugar free loving with the most success?
Cleveland Clinic Wellness Editors commented on Monday, January 23, 2012 10:01 AM
We recommend reducing your intake of sugar slowly.  Start by reducing simple sugars like cookies, candies, pies and other sweets, then choose fresh fruits instead.  Then, reduce your intake of added sugars to coffee and tea and try a bit of agave nectar instead.  Finally, try unsweetened dairy products such as soy and almond milk.  It's all about the transitions!
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