Dr. Oz: Artificial Sweetener Metabolism Secret
Do you drink diet soda? Dr. Oz explained why diet soda actually isn’t so sweet when it comes to your health. Once thought to be a safe alternative to regular soda, it’s now been proven that diet soda can have harmful effects on your metabolism, brain, and waistline.
Dr. Oz audience member Colleen admitted to drinking up to one liter of diet soda each day. She never liked the taste of real soda, so she acquired a taste for diet. However, Dr. Oz explained a study that followed soda drinkers for 10 years. Those who drank just one diet soda a day expanded their waistlines by 70% when compared to those who didn’t drink soda.
Dr Oz: Carbonation Causes Sugar Cravings
Dr. Oz also demonstrated how the body responds differently to artificial sweetener versus real sugar. Artificial sweeteners “jam” your sugar limit, which means your body just wants more and more. The reason? It could actually be the bubbles.
Dr. Oz and Colleen demonstrated how carbonation creates bubbles that act like a “force field” in the body. With normal sugar, your body eventually turns off the sweet craving. Artificial sugar, on the other hand, messes with your metabolism.
Dr. Oz: How Artificial Sweetener Affects Metabolism
Rachael Nedrow, an expert speed stacker, demonstrated how artificial sweetener makes your metabolism go “kaput.” When people drink diet soda, they think they’re doing the right thing. “I’m here to tell you it doesn’t work,” said Dr. Oz.
Dr. Oz: Re-Calibrating Taste Buds
Dr. Mike Dow is the author of Diet Rehab. He said that artificial sweeteners are hundreds of times sweeter than sugar, which negatively affects your taste buds. Our taste buds have four tastes: sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. But if you overload on sweet, your taste buds will just want foods that are sweeter and sweeter.
In order to combat this phenomenon, you must “re-calibrate” your taste buds. Change what your taste buds crave by moving towards more sour and bitter foods: berries, fresh fruits, vegetables, and green tea are great ways to fight the sugar craving. This will help not only your waistline, but also your overall health.
By doing this, you will notice results after about three days. After a month, you’ll be fully adjusted. When you do want sweet foods, it’s better to have something like a dark chocolate bar. And eventually, sweet foods will actually start to taste too sweet.
Dr Oz 28 Day No-Soda Challenge
Quitting soda can be hard if you’re used to drinking something sweet every day. Here’s what Dr. Oz recommends in his 28 day no-soda challenge.
- For the first week, switch from regular soda to diet, and add foods like beans, eggs, and fish to your diet. Try to consume one fewer can of soda per day.
- In your second week, switch to sugar free and caffeine free soda, plus add foods rich in vitamin B (chickpeas, spinach, whole grains) to your diet.
- For week three, cut your soda consumption in half and try drinking carbonated water with a splash of juice instead.
- During your fourth week, you should be totally soda- free. Way to go! Fight cravings with sugar free gum or treating yourself to a little gift.