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4 Ways To Beat Your Diet Soda Addiction Within A Week

December 08, 2015 3 min read

It is likely that your move toward diet soda was done with your health in mind. Regular soda contains a mountain of sugar so switching to a sugar-free variety likely seemed like a really good idea. But, the more we learn about diet soda, the more we discover that it isn't really any better, with some arguing that it is worse. "Not only is there little evidence that diet drinks help people lose or maintain weight," says nutritionist Marion Nestle, PhD, professor of nutrition at New York University and author of Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning), "but there's some evidence that diet drinks cause similar metabolic problems to sugary drinks." In fact, one study found that one diet soda a day triggered a 34% increase in the risk of metabolic syndrome which includes belly fat, high cholesterol and heart disease. "Anything with a heavy sweet taste, even if it's not technically sugar, may stimulate insulin release," explains Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, author of the Complete Guide to Beating Sugar Addiction. "When it becomes excessive, you start to see a rise in insulin resistance, diabetes, and heart disease." Part of the reason your consumption may become excessive is because your taste buds get used to the sweetness and require more and more of it to be satisfied. To get yourself off the stuff, you can try to wean yourself slowly. Cut one can a day for two weeks until you are down to nothing but there may be a better way. "The issue is that it's an addiction—there's something driving the craving," says Teitelbaum. "If you don't address what's driving the craving, it won't go away." With that in mind, here is how you may be using diet soda and what you can do instead!

1. Your diet soda motivation: You need energy.

If you grab a can when you need a boost, you are likely looking for the caffeine. gettyimages-178454038-iced-tea-rez-art Diet soda detox: Grab a coffee or a tea. And it is okay to sweeten them a little too as long as you choose a natural sweetener like stevia or a teaspoon of honey. Don't load up with the packets of table sugar or artificial sweeteners. If that just isn't sweet enough, try a fruit tea. It will give you some extra natural sweetness. And try to make sure you are getting enough sleep so you are not chronically tired during the day.

2. Your diet soda motivation: Your blood sugar is low.

If you get shaky, lightheaded, irritable or overwhelmed by daily stressors, your adrenal glands might be in need of some help. "Their job is to make more sugar during periods of stress," Teitelbaum explains. "When they get exhausted from being chronically activated, your blood sugar will drop and you won't have the hormones to manage it." almonds Diet soda detox: First, get rid of as many stressors as you can. Maybe skip watching the news first thing in the morning -- can you think of a more stressful way to start your day? Teitelbaum suggests you avoid blood sugar dips by making sure you don't skip meals and spreading your protein throughout the day. And don't forget to snack. Keep nuts and raisins on hand to replenish your blood sugar. The nuts contain fat that slows sugar absorption and the raisin contain natural sugars that will help restore the balance. [bctt tweet="4 Ways To Beat Your Diet Soda Addiction Within A Week"]

3. Your diet soda motivation: You're (unconsciously) feeding yeast in your body.

If you suffer with chronic nasal congestion,  sinusitis, spastic colon, or irritable bowel syndrome, a yeast or candida overgrowth in your intestinal tract could be causing your sugar cravings. gettyimages-476387624-citrus-water-manyakotic Diet soda detox: "A good probiotic and getting off sugar will kill the yeasty beasties," Teitelbaum says. Try to find a diet soda alternative that doesn't feel like a punishment. Try a tea with stevia, cinnamon and nutmeg or some fruit infused water.

4. Your diet soda motivation: Your hormones are in flux. 

If you are in the grips of PMS or heading into perimenopause, the hormone fluctuations can cause insomnia, headaches, fatigue, or mild depression which can all lead to sugar cravings. gettyimages-109883000-edamame-lori-andrews Diet soda detox: Find ways to boost your estrogen which will increase the feel good hormones  serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. Teitelbaum suggests borrowing from the Japanese and grabbing some edamame or drinking soy milk. Soy has plant compounds called isoflavones that mimic estrogen in the body. If that isn't enough to satisfy your sweet craving, try an orange, a banana, a handful of berries, or two squares of dark chocolate. It may take you 7-10 days to beat this craving but remember, it is okay if you indulge once in a while. Like special occasions only. Do you have a diet soda addiction? Do you think it is linked to one of the reasons above? Source: Prevention [caption id="attachment_122574" align="alignleft" width="100"]snapchat logo @BodyRockTV[/caption] [caption id="attachment_122573" align="alignleft" width="100"]instagram logo @BodyRockOfficial[/caption]

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