If you are thinking that diet soft drinks, artificial or even natural sweeteners are the answer for getting off sugar, think again. Diet drink consumption has increased 400 percent since 1960. It may or may not cause cancer, but the evidence is mounting that it leads to weight gain rather than weight loss.
Those who consume diet drinks regularly have a 200 percent increased risk of weight gain, a 36 percent increased risk of pre-diabetes or metabolic syndrome, and a 67 percent increased risk of diabetes.
A study of 400 people found that those who drank two diet sodas a day or more increased their waist size by five times.
Seems you can’t outsmart Mother Nature. Tricking your brain into thinking you are getting something sweet plays dirty tricks on your metabolism. Artificial sweeteners disrupt the normal hormonal and neurological signals that control hunger and satiety (feeling full).
A study of rats that were fed artificially sweetened food found that their metabolism slowed down and they were triggered to consume more calories and gain more weight than rats fed sugar-sweetened food.
The use of artificial sweeteners, create an experience of sweet, fat, and salt in your mouth and it alters your food preferences. Your palate shifts from being able to enjoy fruits and vegetables and whole foods to liking only the more “pleasing” food stuff.
My advice is to give up aspartame, sucralose, sugar alcohols like malitol, and all of the other heavily-used and marketed sweeteners unless you want to slow down your metabolism, gain weight, and become an addict.
Some may be worse than others, like aspartame, which is what we call an excitotoxin, which can cause neurologic symptoms like brain fog, migraines or worse. And some may just give you bad gas because they ferment in your gut, like the sugar alcohols (anything that ends in “ol” like Xylitol).
Others like stevia, which comes from a South American plant, may be slightly better and could be enjoyed from time to time, but they all keep us yearning for more and more – so our brains get confused, we eat more food and we get fatter. There are ways to cut cravings by naturally balancing your blood sugar.
So if you want something sweet, enjoy the real thing from time to time. But stay away from fake sugars or fake food or factory made science projects of any kind.
The best way to wean yourself off sugar and starchy food is to eliminate it from your diet. Rather go for the all healthy way to eat only meat, vegetables and fruit and try to eliminate all heavily processed food from your diet. Also take the Manna Blood Sugar Support supplement with each meal to help you control blood sugar levels, suppress appetite and reduce food and sugar cravings.
By eating balanced, Low GI meals, you will not crave for sweet stuff. Try to follow the Manna Diet. Focus on being Healthy and Lose Weight; don’t Focus on Weight Loss to be Healthy.