Is diet soda making you fat?By SHAPE Diet Doctor Mike Roussell, PhD
Once and for all, we wanted to know: Can diet soda make you fat? So we went to the SHAPE diet doctor, Mike Roussell, PhD, to get his opinion. Here's what he had to say:
In a word: no. While drinking diet soda every day isn't exactly good for your health, the chances of it sabotaging your weight-loss efforts are slim. The common misconception regarding the role of diet soda and weight gain comes from a couple of studies that received a lot of media attention. One such study looked at more 6,500 participants and found that diet soda drinkers were 67 percent more like to have diabetes and 37 percent more likely to have metabolic syndrome (a combo of symptoms that is basically where pre-diabetes meets heart disease). What's more, data from the Framingham Heart Study, the longest running heart disease study in the US, found a 56-percent increase in metabolic syndrome when people drank one or more diet sodas per day!
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That's where celebrity manicurists like Elle come in. She's worked with the likes of J-Lo, Blake Lively, and Hilary Swank, so we got the scoop from her on what trends will be hot, hot, hot this winter. Why not get festive this weekend or try one of these trends for New Year's Eve?
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