What do we know about weight gain and weight loss these days? Doesn’t it seem like every time a product comes along that we get comfortable using, some health guru wants to come out and tell us that it’s not healthy? The latest thing on our minds is artificial sweeteners.
Artificial sweeteners have been linked to weight gain. Over time, they make you gain weight. Nothing can be more frustrating than finding out the little hack you love and trust has been working against you all this time. They can also be extremely toxic to your inner health, not just your weight. In the Multiethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, “daily consumption of diet drinks was associated with a 36% greater risk for metabolic syndrome and a 67% increased risk for type 2 diabetes.”
You’ve cut out foods that make you fat. You’ve cut out drinks that make you fat. The world can be very bland when you change your whole lifestyle to accommodate your weight loss regimen.
They Were Marketed Healthier Than Sugar
When artificial sweeteners came along, dieters everywhere had a glimpse of freedom. A glimpse of sugar, kind of. The tea and coffee didn’t have to be unsweetened anymore.
We trusted it because it was supposed to be healthy when compared to sugar. Sugar has a way of storing itself in our bodies and making us fat. That’s the technical jargon that’s in all the magazines. Sugar is bad.
They’ve Been Working Against Us
So, artificial sweeteners were supposed to be good. They were supposed to give us something that made life more bearable. Not to mention, thinking we are eating healthier by consuming artificial sugar can lead to bad diet choices in other areas. The Harvard Health Publication noted, “In other words, use of artificial sweeteners can make you shun healthy, filling, and highly nutritious foods while consuming more artificially flavored foods with less nutritional value.”