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Diet-Soda Slam

ironmanmagazine.comFeeling good because you’ve switched to diet soda? Not so fast. According to the April ’12 Prevention, it can make you fat.

A study from 2011 showed that diet-soda drinkers “had a 178 percent greater increase in waist circumference over 10 years compared with non-diet-soda drinkers.”

Sharon P. Fowler, one of the study’s coauthors, says that artificial sweeteners can raise insulin while lowering blood sugar. That can “stimulate hunger and move existing calories into storage in your fat cells.” Plus, real sugar triggers a dopamine release, while artificial sweeteners don’t. That means you’ll still crave sweets.

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Steve Holman has been training for over 35 years, since he was 15, and has been IRON MAN Magazine's Editor in Chief for more than 20 years. He has written more than 20 books on bodybuilding, weight training, nutrition, and his popular "Train, Eat, Grow" series, which he writes with his training partner Jonathan Lawson, appears monthly in Iron Man magazine. Steve's latest e-books are available at www.X-Rep.com and www.X-traordinaryWorkouts.com

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