Adults Are Not Overweight Because They Drink Diet Soda
Posted by Caitlin Norton
We’ve all been told that if you want to lose weight, you need to make changes in your diet and exercise habits. A new study published by the American Journal of Public Health found that if you’re an overweight or obese adult, you need to reduce your overall caloric intake to successfully lose and maintain weight.
It makes sense, when you really think about it. In fact, the study pointed out that healthy weight individuals who chose diet beverages consumed fewer calories overall. That’s terrific! So what’s the problem?
Those of us who are overweight or obese are more likely to consume diet beverages AND we’re more likely to consume more calories than healthy weight adults. I mean, we’ve all been guilty of “justifying” at some point: cutting calories in one place, but adding calories in another. Just because you’re ordering a diet soda, it doesn’t mean you can still order a Philly cheese-steak and French fries for lunch and expect to lose weight.
Deep down, we all know that. It’s not the diet soda making us overweight. The study’s author even said the results didn’t prove drinking low-calorie beverages leads to eating more. We shouldn’t be focused on finding that ONE thing that makes us overweight (that’s never going to happen). Instead drink that diet soda, but pair it with lean protein (not fried and smothered in a sweet sauce), fiber rich vegetables, and whole fruits if you want to lose weight. Cutting calories in your solid foods is just as important as cutting them in your drinks.
Theresa Hedrick, a nutritionist for the Calorie Control Council, agrees: “Low-calorie sweeteners are just one tool to assist people in weight loss. There is no magic bullet when it comes to losing weight; individuals need to reduce their total caloric intake (from all sources) in order to effectively lose and maintain weight.”
And if you really want big results, you need to get moving. I’ve been doing a combination of cardio and weight training at the gym for 3 weeks now and I’m seeing some really great results. It’s an hour out of my day, six days a week. That’s not too much to give to myself.