Diet Soda—Don't Get Duped

October 3, 2007

To all you diet coke addicts, put down that can and listen up. Although diet sodas might not have any calories, a study at the University of Texas Health Science Center recently discovered that they may actually promote weight gain. Study participants who drank one diet soda per day were 65% more likely to become overweight than non-diet-soda drinkers. Your body isn’t fooled by the chemicals, and when it tastes the promise of sugar, it wants calories. You get hungry and end up eating more. So if water bores your taste buds, put a slice of lemon inside or try some unsweetened iced tea before downing another diet drink.