How much of a diet is diet soda?  You may be one of those people that doesn’t want to pick up those extra calories from regular soda, but unfortunately you cannot resist the sting effect that the carbonated drinks have to offer.   There are many things to consider when mixing diet sodas into your strength-training, weight-loss, and fitness lifestyle.  Here’s a few facts worth considering the next time you think it’s okay to drink a diet soda.    

Diet soda is carbonated. A byproduct of oxidative energy production is CO2 carbon dioxide. CO2 is eliminated through normal cardiovascular processes, however during intense exercise CO2 buildup may occur and you do NOT want to add additional CO2 gas from carbonated drinks. In addition, carbonation may interfere with hormone production as well as cause dehydration. Diet sodas contain artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners cause the brain to react to sweet taste (cephalic phase response) by preparing the liver to receive a new supply of sugar. Additionally, if no sugar appears, the liver signals an urge to eat, or possibly over-eat. Irrespective of the possible adverse effects of diet sodas on weight control, no one disputes the lack of nutrition in these diet drinks. Typically, diet sodas sole contribution to dietary and nutritional requirements is a little sodium. 

If you’ve been struggling to control your appetite and your favorite drink is carbonated and artificially sweetened, you may need to eliminate it from your ‘diet’.