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Is Diet Soda Bad For You?
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Is Diet Soda Bad for You?

Are we talking Coke Zero, or diet Pepsi?

All jokes aside, this is a topic that has been beaten to death the same way edible fat was once believed to be the evil villain in the world of nutrition.

So back to the question, is diet soda bad for you? Well, that depends on what your definition of bad means.

If we are talking in terms of weight/fat loss, then I would have to say a very blunt no.

Diet soda in almost every instance, has zero to a very insignificant amount of calories. Meaning, there is zero chance to store excess fat from drinking diet soda.

In a nutshell, science itself states it is impossible to store fat/excess weight from something that has zero calories. Yes, there are instances where diet soda, partly due to the sodium content, forces water retention and you may go up a few pounds on the scale because of this; however, this does not mean you are storing fat, You are simply temporarily holding more water than necessary.

Now let’s switch gears and talk about health, which as should constantly be noted, is not equivalent to fat loss.

Have you ever poured diet soda on to a surface and noted the reaction? It starts bubbling and making acidic sounds pretty violently for something that is supposed to be a casual beverage. That’s always something to keep in mind when deciding whether any type of soda is bad for you.

I can go on all day about the ingredients in diet soda and how they are ‘bad’ for you, but one thing I really wanted to focus on was caffeine.

Granted, caffeine is okay to consume in moderate amounts, and many nutritionists claim it is even beneficial. However, if you’re already drinking your cup of coffee and addition chugging down those cans of diet Pepsi each hour, your subject to two things; pain when excreting wastes, and various sorts of brain fog/lack of focus. Is diet soda bad for you? Maybe not, but it sure can be discomforting!

Always keep in mind any time you consume a liquid aside from water, you need to balance it out with water consumption or else you’re going to be subject to certain discomfort on your trip to the restroom later on. This couldn’t be any truer with diet soda. The reason I am singling out diet soda is because calorie conscious individuals may feel empowered to drink as much as their hearts desire, well guess again, sort of.

The other point I wanted to bring up with diet soda consumption was that the excessive amount of caffeine can really tweak with your head at times. Drinking so much caffeinated diet beverages can really give you the jitters, and make it difficult to relax and concentrate, and even going to sleep at night. On top of that, there have been cases where a commonly described sensation known as brain fog kicks in. This is a sensation usually described as not being able to think clearly or feeling as if there a mass inside your head. Me personally, I don’t like consuming things that affect my ability to think!

So back to the big question, is diet soda bad for you? In terms of fat loss, it has no direct effect. Some people will go down believing that diet soda somehow still adds puts on fat, but there are dozens of individuals who record their nutritional intake and consume tons of diet foods and beverages and still get cut to six pack abs. In terms of health, in moderation and adequate water consumption, it’s okay to consume. However, like everything else, too much of it can have some consequences.

Street Talk


Diet soda is very bad for you. Anything that you put into your body that is chemically based is bad for you. If you want to lose weight, you need to follow a healthy diet that is as free from chemicals and full of whole foods as possible. That will lead to weight loss success and a healthy body.

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