Study: Drinking diet soda makes you eat more

A new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shows that drinking diet soda may not be the key to losing weight.

The study published in the

American Journal of Public Health

revealed that while more Americans are choosing to drink diet soda, those same people arenâ??t necessarily consuming fewer calories. About 20% of American adults drink diet beverages, which is up 17% from 1965.

Researchers found that while diet beverage drinkers were consuming fewer calories from their drinks, they were replacing those calories with snacks and meals.

The study used data from the 1999 to 2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Survey respondents would report everything they ate within a 24-hour period. Researchers used the calorie count of these recordings to see how many calories each respondent ate during that 24-hour period.

What they found is that people drinking diet beverages were making up for the calories lost with solid food. Researchers said one possible reason for this is because the artificial sweeteners in diet beverages activate more reward centers in the brain, altering the brainâ??s gauge of energy consumption.

The researchers went on to say that drinking diet beverages may not lead to weight loss if not combined with an effort to cut out solid-food calories as well.

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