Guest contributor: Kavita Jhaveri-Patel

As promised in an earlier blog post, and out of necessity because I freaking see people drinking this everywhere, today’s blog post is dedicated to diet soda, and at large diet drinks. I have to mention you are going to be shocked at what you are feeding your body when you have diet soda. I also won’t leave you hanging by not giving you any alternatives. You will get my top 3 soda-like drinks that will be just as satisfying as soda, and your waistline will thank you for it.

The artificial sweetener in most diet sodas, aspartame, is the key ingredient in our discussion here. Wikipedia (law) says: aspartame is an artificial sweetener that is approximately 200 times sweeter than table sugar. The quantity of aspartame needed to produce a sweet taste is so small that its caloric contribution is negligible.

That is why diet drinks are calorie free but still sweet, but the big misnomer is less calories = less weight. We need calories because that is energy. We just need them from whole foods that are natural and good for us!

Aspartame has been linked to anxiety, memory loss, insomina, headaches, and way more. All of these claims have also been disproven. However companies use this chemical because it is WAY cheap, and something in my gut says if there is any linkage to those things, then I am STAYING AWAY from it.

If mother nature didn’t create it, I probably shouldn’t eat it.

I should also note, after my research I found there is nothing that states aspartame is good for you; it is all about how it is safe to have. In order for my body to function optimally I need to feed it foods that are going to be GREAT for me, not something that had to be tested before I could eat it just to prove that it might not be all that bad for me.

Ditch the diet stuff—it isn’t helping you lose weight, it is only feeding your body chemicals. Your body then has no idea how to break down the chemicals, expending energy to try to digest it, and draining you out of energy!

If you want to lose the weight by accident and have the energy you deserve then replace the diet soda with these drinks:

  • Make your own – Get some fresh squeezed juice (of any kind with a little bit of pulp), or squeeze it yourself, add some club soda, and voile nutritious delicious fizzy drink.
  • IZZE – you can pick one up practically anywhere; they even have them at Chipotle! They are 70% juice and yummy flavors like clementine.
  • Oogavè – Sweetened only with organic agave nectar, this drink is the most soda-like out of the bunch. Go on try it out!

Note: If you are concerned about the sugar content, of the alternatives, don’t be as long as you don’t drink gallons of it a day your weight will not be effected.

Body confidence expert and health and lifestyle speaker Kavita Jhaveri-Patel. She has been featured in Time Out New York, Healthy Style NY, and has been mentioned on FoxLive News. Receive her free report 7 Mistakes Most Women Make When Trying to Lose Weight and How to Avoid Them by clicking here.

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