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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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