A friend of mine has beaten stage 4 cancer. Twice.
He seriously believes it was his Diet Coke addiction that caused it.
What do I think?
Geez, I have no idea.
I sure hope diet soda doesn’t cause cancer…
…because I know a lot of people that still drink 4-8 cans of it per day.
And with 125mg of aspartame per can, that can’t be good for you.
Even worse, diet Coke can put you on a slippery slope towards bad diet decisions.
Last week, while sitting in a seminar in Cleveland (congrats, Cavs fans!), dozens of people around me were drinking diet Coke (it was available for free on the breaks).
People were drinking that nasty stuff as early as 8am!
And the folks drinking the diet sodas were also the people taking 1, 2, and even 3 cookies during the breaks, too.
You see, one problem with diet soda is that it kicks your sweet tooth into overdrive.
Soda makers have rigged the drinks to contain INSANE levels of chemical sweetness.
And that’s why drinking diet sodas can make some people gain weight.
The diet soda sweetness makes people crave more and more sweetness.
Leading to eating anything and everything to satisfy those cravings.
One diet Coke can lead to 500 calories of sugar and fat.
It feeds the sugar addiction.
So here’s the bottom line:
If you drink diet soda but still struggle with your weight, then you should be looking for replacement drinks that don’t have insane levels of chemical sweetness.
For example, you’ll love this delicious and refreshing alternative soda from my friend Missi. Check out the free recipe and really cool video she made for you here.
If you’re looking for something to grab-n-go from the grocery store on the way to a backyard cookout, Missi also recommends:
1. La Croix: It’s a brand of calorie free, sodium-free, sugar-free sparkling water, and is a great alternative if you’re craving a fizzy fruity beverage.
Flavored with essential oils this is an ideal for soda lovers who want to quit deadly diet drinks from traditional soda makers.
But be careful…Not all sparkling sodas are created equal.
Keep an eye out for added sugar, sodium, and flavors.
2. Kombucha: This “ancient fermented tea beverage” boasts high amounts of probiotics, antioxidants, and B vitamins as well as providing a natural fizziness.
The sugar added to make Kombucha is not a sweetener, rather it feeds the bacteria allowing for fermentation yielding an ideal, low-sugar option for your bubbly beverage cravings.
Note: Pay attention to sweeteners, juices, and other extracts added after fermentation that could secretly sabotage the health benefits.
Double Note: I’m not a fan of Kombucha… because it always leaves me with heartburn. However, it’s still a much healthier heartburn that drinking diet Coke.
So there you go… easy subs for fizzy drinks.
Of course, there’s always:
- plain old water (my choice, with lots of ice)
- iced black coffee (without added syrup or artificial sweeteners)
- unsweetened iced tea
- and even unsweetened iced green tea.
Hopefully you’ll enjoy one of those swaps for diet Coke.
Because traditional diet sodas don’t belong on your healthy, fat-burning grocery list.
Speaking of Fat Burning Checklists, you need to get Chef Gui’s free checklist ASAP.
He’ll show you exactly what to eat and drink for a flat belly this summer.
Thanks to Missi Holt and Chef Gui for contributing to today’s important email.
But Missi’s not done yet…
Watch your email this week for a cool new workout video from Missi and me, ol’ CB.
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer
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