The statistics of bad health are clear....VERY CLEAR!!! Look around you, can I bet you can identify at least 1 person that is close to you that is over weight or unhealthy! Diet related illnesses are the number 1 killers right now!!!
Obesity costs you 10% of your health care costs right now!! It is only going to grow!!
Let's start with drinking soda pop! I am absolutely blown away by the ingredients and unhealthy products that are going into your mouth each and every day! Read this article and post below what has shocked you the most!
Are Diet Sodas Making Us Fat?
By: Dr. Mercola
Diet soda is easily one of the biggest health scams preying on
well-meaning dieters looking for a sweet calorie-free beverage. Nearly
927 million cases of Diet Cola, and another 892 million cases of other
diet beverages were sold in 2010. If you bought one or more of those
millions, please realize you could seriously be harming your health.
Diet Soda Drinkers Get a Whopping 70-500 Percent Greater Increase in Waist Size
Growing research is proving diet soda is not a "guilt-free" treat at
all. One study followed 474 diet soda drinkers for nearly 10 years, they
found that their waists grew 70 percent more than the waists of
non-diet soda drinkers. Further, those who drank two or more diet sodas a
day had a 500 percent greater increase in waist size!
As you may know, your waist size is not only a matter of aesthetics, but
also a powerful indicator of a build-up of visceral fat, a dangerous
type of fat around your internal organs that is strongly linked with
type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Your waist size is a far more
accurate predictor of your heart risks than even your body mass index
(BMI), so any habit that has the potential to increase your waist size
by 500 percent more than someone who does not have that habit is one
You May be Fooled by Diet Soda … but Your Brain Isn't
Clearly, if you are still opting for diet soda because you believe it is
healthier than regular soda, you are doing yourself a great disservice.
Regular soda is by no means a healthy choice either … but please don't
fall into the trap of believing that diet soda is "healthy" just because
it's calorie-free. They may be free of calories but not of
So what is going on?
Substances like Splenda and aspartame may have zero calories, but your
body isn't fooled. When it gets a "sweet" taste, it expects calories to
follow, and when this doesn't occur it leads to distortions in your
biochemistry that may actually lead to weight gain.
As far as "sweetness satisfaction" in your brain is concerned, it can
tell the difference between a real sugar and an artificial one, even if
your conscious mind cannot. Artificial sweeteners tend to trigger more
communication in the brain's pleasure center, yet at the same time
provide less actual satisfaction. So when you consume artificial
sweeteners, your body craves more, as well as real sugar, because your
brain is not satisfied at a cellular level by the sugar imposter. There
is even research suggesting that artificial sweetener use may ruin your
body's ability to control calories, thus boosting your inclination to
Diet Soda is NOT a "Healthier" Alternative
Despite the superficial logic that consuming fewer calories will produce
weight loss, the evidence is very clear that using artificial
sweeteners will cause a paradoxical effect and actually cause you to
In fact, nearly a decade ago, studies were already revealing that artificial sweeteners can:
Stimulate your appetite
Increase carbohydrate cravings
Stimulate fat storage and weight gain
These chemical cocktails may be a powerful contributing factor in the
obesity epidemic many industrialized nations are now experiencing. But,
the damage artificially sweetened beverages and other foods can cause
does not stop there.
Artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose can contribute to a host of additional side effects.
Sucralose, the sweetening agent in Splenda, is in fact made from sugar
(sucrose). However, what the ads don't go on to say is that chemists
then add three chlorine molecules to these sugar molecules to create the
Studies have revealed that sucralose can cause:
Shrinking of the thymus glands
Enlarged liver and kidneys
Atrophy of lymph follicles in the spleen and thymus
Reduced growth rate
Decreased red blood cell count
If these findings concern you, read on, because aspartame may be even
worse. Results of multiple studies, complaints and testimonies have
revealed that aspartame plays a role in some of todays major health
Aspartame can trigger or worsen the following diseases:
Chronic fatigue syndrome
The bottom line is that both of these substances can poison your body.
Deciding to start or continue drinking either one of them would simply
be a major movement toward the development of chronic disease.
Are You Addicted to Diet Soda?
It's very possible to become addicted to diet soda, and this likely has
to do with the blurring of your brain's ability to respond to both real
and artificial sugars.
If you're finding it difficult to ditch diet soda, your emotional
connection to cravings might be an important factor for you. One of the
most profound methods I know of for diminishing the effects of food
cravings is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and particularly
Turbo Tapping, which is a refinement of EFT that allows you to resolve
emotional aspects of an addictive problem in a short period of time. I
strongly recommend giving this technique a try if you can't kick your
diet soda habit (find out more about tapping or EFT in 'The Tapping
Solution' film here: www.FoodMatters.tv/dvds/the-tapping-solution)
Join the revolution! Stand up for your health and stop drinking Diet Soda now!
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