This is a question I was asked recently by someone new coming into our group program.
A "friend/colleague" had told him that sugar free drinks were just as bad as regular sugary drinks.
I pointed out that a can of coke zero contains zero calories and a can of coke contains 140 calories.
This person has been consuming 3 cans of coke a day.
Their objective is to lose weight.
Something they've been struggling with for a while now.
So I explained that by removing 3 cans of 140 calorie coke per day, they would save 420 calories.
Every single day.
Or in other words, 2940 calories every week.
Based on this persons weight, height and activity levels, this adds up to an additional meal and a half per week that they don't need.
Is it any wonder they've been struggling to achieve a calorie deficit to achieve fat loss??
And so my advice was simple.
Instead of telling this person they were only allowed to ever drink "boring" water, I suggested they swap out the "normal" fizzy drinks for the zero or free versions.
An alternative we also spoke about was to flavour fizzy water with sugar free mi-wadi.
Something to keep this person hydrated and reducing their energy intake all without losing the taste of a "sweet" drink they have become accustomed to.
Now before you reply and tell me you read somewhere (probably in the Daily Mail or on the flat earth society Facebook page) or a "friend" told you that the "chemicals" in diet/zero drinks are toxic and/or will kill you, this simply isn't true.
The overwhelming scientific evidence supports the fact that diet drinks are perfectly safe for human consumption.
Unless of course you consume 1000 cans per day.
In which case you might die.
Then again, even water is "toxic" if consumed in ridiculously high doses.
You with me?
Anyway - my take away point for you is this.
If your goal is to lose weight, or more specifically drop body fat, it may be the fizzy drinks that are holding you back.
In which case, consider swapping out the "normal" ones for zero calorie or sugar free options.
Cool. If not, or if you have any questions just reply to this email.
Talk to you soon!
David "science wins always" Knowles
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