Diet soda can make you fat. Makes you wonder why it's called "diet".
According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) diet sodas are also addictive, in that drinking them causes changes in your brain, and in your behavior.
"Your self-control goes out the window. Your body actually becomes addicted to the unnatural sweetness like it’s a drug.
"In one study, animals had the choice between cocaine and saccharin. Ninety four percent chose saccharin – even if they were already addicted to the cocaine."
Drinks with artificial sweeteners over-stimulate sweetness receptors. An excess of insulin is released. Your appetite spikes, causing cravings and overeating of high-carbohydrate foods. And the extra insulin signals your body to turn all those empty calories into fat.
How do you break free? Stay away from artificially sweetened sodas and go for natural food and drinks. Your sweetener receptors will adjust. And your nutrition and very possibly your weight will improve.