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by Alex Nerney on July 8, 2013

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Saw some guys brag about their max smith squat the other day. IT WAS AWESOME.

On to the topic of dire interest: Are diet sodas and artificial sweeteners making you fat?

The argument that most people make is that since these products have no calories, they will not make you gain weight and, therefore, are healthy.

Let's set the record straight:

There is NOTHING remotely healthy about these sweeteners and they are probably making you fat. People will tell you that these sweeteners are much better options than high fructose corn syrup and sugar.

The truth is you're arguing between two evils and it does not matter whether you're fornicating with a hobo or fellaciating a cactus, there are no winners.

Let's look at some of the facts:

1. You are 41% more likely to be overweight when drinking diet sodas.
Don't listen to me, listen to the University of Texas that did an 8 year study on the subject and found that those who drink a diet soda a day are 41% more likely to be overweight.

Now this study is a little bit of correlation without causation, but that's too large of a number to ignore. This study also makes more sense from my next point-

2. Your Metabolism Gets Fucked Up
In a University of Minnesota Study, they found that one diet drink a day liked to a 34% higher risk of metabolic syndrome. This also raises the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other bad shit.

Basically, you're shitting all over your metabolism. This, especially for you young bros, is not a good idea.  Being a fat old man is really funny until you get coronary disease and your pecker stops working.

3.  Increased Cravings
Just like a blow, taking this will increase your cravings. However, those craving are interested in SUGAR, not the fake stuff you're dumping into your body.

And unlike blow, artificial sweeteners are not even that fun. In fact, they kind of taste like shit if you're being honest with yourself.

4. Body Confusion
It's not a good idea to fool your body. Even though you do not ingest any sugars, in most cases your body will STILL produce an insulin response to prepare for the sugar it's about to receive.

This was cause less insulin sensitivity when your body actually eats sugar causing increased fat storage.

5. Cancer
If you didn't know, it's a bad thing. And while it has not been definitively proved in humans, rats who ingest large amounts of these chemicals have a host of health issues including cancer.

Don't be a twatwaffle and ignore these obvious signs.

So what should you do?

1. Tea
For me, I like water. And between water and alcohol, my liquid palate is full. However, unsweetened tea and natural green tea is where you should focus. Green tea also has other health benefits including an increased metabolism. 

2. Stevia
Made out of the leaves of a South American shrub, Stevia is a healthy sweetener option that you will enjoy.

Get the extract form because it is not made with chemicals or in a lab.  

3. Raw Honey
Raw honey is great for mixing into drinks and using as a sweetener. Remember you want to eat things that are made in nature, just don't go overboard.

Alex Nerney – Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Lord of Broscience.

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