The truth about artificial sweeteners
Most of us feel the desire to diet and be healthy, and there is constant pressure in American society to do so. One of the biggest difficulties is avoiding foods and drinks that are packed with sugar. As a result, many have jumped on the “diet” food and drink bandwagon, consuming food products that contain artificial sweeteners. While these products may promise all of the flavor with none of the calories, one has to remember the old adage that “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”
While you may be losing some of the calories, what are the side effects of some of these artificial sweeteners and are they actually helping you lose weight? Studies reveal that artificial sweeteners can actually cause weight gain. Artificial sweeteners like aspartame can stimulate your appetite, increase carbohydrate cravings, and stimulate fat storage and weight gain.
If you’re thinking to yourself, “this doesn’t make any sense,” you’re not alone. The “diet” food and drink campaign has been a long time fallacy in American culture. In reality, the intake of real glucose or sucrose (table sugar) proves better for your metabolism and overall weight control than the intake of artificial sweeteners.
The reason why glucose or sucrose tend to lead to lower food consumption compared to non-caloric artificial sweeteners is because the calories contained in natural sweeteners trigger biological responses to keep your overall energy consumption constant. In essence, real sugar allows your body to accurately determine that it has received enough calories, thereby activating satiety signaling. Without the calories, your appetite is activated by the sweet taste, but as your body keeps waiting for the calories to come, sensations of hunger remain.
So what is the secret to overcoming stubborn weight gain? Truly healthy eating is all about consuming the correct amount of macronutrients. You’re most likely feeding your body the wrong fuel. Speak with a nutritionist or your doctor about the optimal amount of fats for your lean body mass, reducing the amount of carbohydrates in your diet and replacing them with fibrous vegetables and healthy fats from coconut oil, nuts, olive oil, avocado, etc.
Also, try intermittent fasting to jump start your metabolism and help you regulate your weight.