Home Recent Discussions Search. Since Sunday I have gradually put on weight at a rate of around 0. I’m experienced enough to know this is not fat gain since I have been eating at a deficit for a few weeks. The only real change to my diet this week has been drinking quite a lot of diet soda about 2 litres per day. October 5, AM 0. October 5, AM 1. October 5, AM 3. Stop the soda. It is horrible for your bones. StealthHealth Just for clarity – I weigh each morning at the same time, after peeing. So, I guess you’re either : retaining water due to the diet sodas retaining water due to some other reason salt, weather, change in exercise, carbohydrate increase etc not in deficit Personally, I’ve not noticed a water retention issue with diet sodas, but I don’t drink them often enough or in sufficient volume to say.
It seems to contradict the laws of physics. Regular sodas are full of calories, per can and up. Diet sodas have zero calories. So it seems logical that replacing one with the other should help you lose weight, or at least stay the same weight. But no–several studies have proved conclusively that drinking diet soda is associated with weight gain. In one study, participants who started out normal weight and drank three diet sodas a day were twice as likely to be overweight or obese eight years later as their non-diet-soda drinking peers. Some skeptical scientists point out that association is not the same as causation. Maybe not, but researchers have developed several theories that could very well explain why drinking diet soda causes weight gain. One or more of them are likely enough to be true that everyone who drinks diet soda should consider stopping now. Insulin, secreted by the pancreas, is how the human body stores sugar. When the taste of artificial sweeteners in soda, yogurt, or anything else hits your brain, it automatically sends a signal to your pancreas to begin producing insulin.
While not life-threatening, bloating is often uncomfortable — and even painful — and water retention can compound the situation, making you feel worse. If you suspect your habit of drinking diet soda is the potential cause of your bloating and water retention, you may be on to something. Try removing diet soda from your meal plan for a week or two to see if you find relief from your symptoms. Either way, if you’re a regular diet soda drinker, it’s a good idea to replace soda with healthier beverages, because it may have other undesirable side effects. Diet soda contains sugar replacements such as artificial sweeteners, which greatly reduce the number of calories in the beverage. Scientist speculate that artificial sweeteners may cause or contribute to fluid retention, but well-designed studies on human subjects are needed to know for sure. As of now little evidence exists to positively prove that the artificial sweeteners in soda cause you to retain water. In a study published in the journal Appetite in January , scientists tested effects of the artificial sweeteners saccharin and aspartame and fluid retention in an animal experiment. In the study, artificial sweeteners, but not sugar, caused weight gain unrelated to calorie intake that researchers speculate may have been because of water retention.