Diet fizzy drinks are a sugar free saving grace when dieting, however drinking these in excess can actually sabotage your weight loss efforts.
So why are diet fizzy drinks detrimental to your progress?
Firstly, it is important to know that various diet drinks contain different ingredients. The main reason we don’t allow most diet fizzy drinks (sorry to all you Coke Zero lovers!) is because they contain citric acid.
It is thought citric acid may affect ketosis (the state of metabolism whereby your body uses fat rather than carbohydrates as its main fuel source). Read our article on Coke Zero and Ketosis to find out more about this.
Our Total Solution Plan is designed to stimulate ketosis and our meal replacement shakes see that you’re eating less carbs than normal, producing less insulin and enjoying the maximum fat-loss benefits.
Dr Pepper Zero and other diet drinks NOT containing citric acid
Those of you on our Total Solution Plan will know that from our approved list, you can drink 330ml per day of Dr Pepper Zero or similar sugar free soft drinks that don’t contain citric acid. However, recently we have been asked why this is such a limited amount each day.
We spoke with our Nutritional Expert, Ashley English, to find out more.
Q. If Doctor Pepper Zero won’t affect the state of ketosis, why do we have to limit our consumption of it?
A. Dr Pepper Zero will not kick you out of ketosis, but form a nutritional and health stand point, we wouldn’t recommend drinking more than a can (330ml) of artificial sweetener per day.
Q. So it’s the artificial sweetener in it that will stop us losing weight?
A. Not directly no. It won’t stop your weight loss, but it will make you crave more sweet and sugary foods and can be quite addictive. Therefore, the more artificial sweetener you drink, the more likely you are to give in to those increased cravings.
Q. Are there any other health reasons why we should drink Dr Pepper Zero in moderation?
A. As we all know now, everything should be consumed in moderation. We would never recommend eating or drinking anything in excess! However, yes there are other health concerns with drinking too many diet drinks. Research has shown an increased risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes in people who regularly drank a lot of diet drinks. Metabolic syndrome describes a group of conditions such as elevated glucose levels, high blood pressure and raised cholesterol).
Q. What would you personally recommend to people who enjoy drinking Dr Pepper Zero?
A. As you know, 330ml a day is allowed on the Total Solution Plan so I would say if it something you really enjoy, then allow yourself that amount each day. When you deprive yourself of something you generally crave it more. However, it contains zero nutritional value. Where this might sound good to some people in that is has zero calories, it actually doesn’t do your body any good whatsoever! My advice would be a large glass of water with one of our Water Enhancers when you are craving something sweeter to drink.