Are you cutting calories by eating foods that are artificially sweetened? You may be doing more harm than good to your diet. Researchers are finding that even though artificially sweetened foods are lower in calories, they have an effect on our minds and bodies that cause us to eat more and store more fat.
In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, obesity expert Dr. David Ludwig, said that when dieters drink artificially sweetened foods and beverages they get accustomed to the intense taste and ultimately “find less intensely sweet foods, like fruit, less appealing and vegetables downright appalling.” Fruits and vegetables are the building blocks of most healthy weight loss programs.
Your first step to healthier eating…and drinking
The best thing you can do to prevent this from happening to you is to take small steps to change your diet. A good first step is to drink water instead of soda. It sounds boring, but there are ways to make water more flavorful without the addition of a little yellow packet. Try adding sliced citrus fruit, berries or cucumber. Keep a pitcher in the refrigerator of your favorite flavor so a cold glass of naturally sweetened water is the first thing you see before you are tempted to grab a high calorie beverage or a low calorie beverage that uses artificial sweeteners.
Are you ready to take another step towards healthier living? Start a fall fitness plan, join our healthy weight loss Facebook page and visit the Healthy Weight Loss website for more information and tools to get started.