Diet sodas make you fat

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The truth is, if you want to lose weight, your first and primary step will be drinking plenty of water. Water significantly raises the metabolism. But how so?

As you may have already learned in school, a water (H2O) molecule consists of 2 hydrogen atoms and 1 oxygen atom), the oxygen portion being nearly 8 times larger than the entire molecular mass of both hydrogen atoms. In other words, water is composed of 89% oxygen and only 11% hydrogen. Visually, a water molecule looks somewhat like Mickey Mouse®, the two hydrogen atoms being the ears of Mickey.

Oxygen is the primary element that drives the metabolism and allows for the burning of fat, thus making the consumption of water a vital water an effective way of increasing the metabolism and losing weight.

However, I must clarify that drinking water and drinking soda or juice is not the same thing. Due to the way that the body operates, if the water you drink has no flavor, the body will send it through the bloodstream and effectively increase hydration and oxygen-levels at a cellular level. However, if what you drink has any flavor whatsoever (such as with soda, juice, coffee, tea, lemon water, etc), the body will assume it is food and pass it through the digestive system, which will not improve the metabolism nor increase hydration.

One of the best ways to dehydrate the body and decrease the metabolism is by consuming carbonated soft drinks (Coke®, 7UP®, Pepsi®, etc), EVEN IF THEY ARE “DIET” SODA. Diet or not, these drinks contain an acid called phosphoric acid, which is what causes the tingling sensation in your mouth, characteristic of sodas. The original purpose of this acid was to prevent the sugar contained in soda from settling at the bottom of the can.

Now, acids by definition are substances that reduce oxygen. When you consume one of these drinks, the amount of oxygen will be reduced in the body along with the metabolism, which will make it easy to gain weight. For some who have lost weight, the primary change they made was eliminating diet and regular soda from their diet and instead, drinking more water.

As mentioned earlier, both diet and regular soda will dehydrate the body. The human body has to maintain a low level of internal acidity in order to survive. Our blood is more alkaline (opposite of acid) than acidic so as to allow for the absorption of oxygen by the cells. Otherwise, if our bodies were more acidic, oxygen would be repelled and would not be able to be transported through the bloodstream.

When you consume soda with phosphoric acid, the body makes quite an effort to reduce acidity levels within the body by way of urination, which will force the body to use some of its own water to help reduce acid levels. The more soda you drink, the more your body will urinate to reduce acidity, which will cause cellular dehydration and reduce overall oxygen availability for the cells, all due to a lack of water.

A pH chemical scale (below) is used to compare the acidity or alkalinity of different substances. On this scale, 7.0 is neutral, which is neither acidic nor alkaline. Water that is not distilled, for instance, is typically at a pH of 7.0

Substance

pH

Vinegar

2.4

Acidic

 Soda

2.5

Acidic

Grapefruit juice

3.2

Acidic

Tomato juice

4.3

Acidic

Saliva

6.6

Acidic

Milk

6.8

Acidic

Water

7.0

neutral

Human blood

7.4

Alkaline

 Seawater

8.0

Alkaline

Ammonia

11.0

Alkaline

 

It has been estimated that a single 12-ounce can of soda (pH 2.5) contains so much acid that it takes 32 eight-ounce glasses of water to return the body to a neutral point (pH 7.0).

Soda sales have grown worldwide at an accelerated pace and consequently, there have been more and more problems with excess weight, obesity and the so-called “slow metabolism”.

Every time we consume one of these sodas, we drastically reduce the oxygen levels in the body by forcing the body to become very acidic. Our metabolism suffers the consequences, as reduced oxygen will cause the metabolism to slow part of the body’s functions.

If you want to lose weight, it is vital that you increase your water consumption and eliminate all sodas from your diet, including diet soda. Give it a try – toss the sodas and start drinking plenty of water and you’ll soon start seeing a difference in how your clothes fit.

Frank Suárez, Obesity and Metabolism Specialist

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