For millions of Americans diet soft drinks have seemed like the solution to obesity. The implied promise: Have your cake and eat it too…or more specifically, drink your favorite soda without gaining weight.
Unfortunately, this belief may not be supported by evidence. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that people who are overweight and regularly consume diet soft drinks consume more calories from solid food at snacks or at meal time compared to overweight people who drink sugary soft drinks. The total amount of calories consumed was the same, so switching to diet pop did not promote weight loss.
[American Journal of Public Health, Jan. 14, 2014]
There have been a number of stories lately reminding us that people desperate to lose weight may be targeted by unscrupulous companies selling weight loss products or herbs. Instead, people may want to try an evidence-based approach laid out by one of our People’s Pharmacy guests, such as the 2-Day Diet or the one suggested by Dr. David Katz in Disease-Proof.