Why You Shouldn’t Mix Sugar Substitutes and Diet Pills

by editor on January 7, 2014

mixing sugar substitutes and diet pills

It is perfectly natural to have sugar substitutes and diet pills together. Most people don’t understand that there is a definite issue with sweeteners and diet pill interaction. It’s not a narcotic interaction as in with drugs–it is a systemic one. In other words it reacts in the body systems and will sabotage your weight loss efforts.

How sugar substitutes and diet pills react in the body:

The problem with taking sugar substitutes and diet pills together is when the diet pill is doing its job of boosting metabolism, energy and burning calories the artificial sweeteners were sending a signal to crave sugar. Artificial sweeteners are read by the body as if you are eating pure processed sugar. You know the rule for sugar or anything you place in your mouth don’t you? It means what you eat–your body wants more of.

The main things you will experience with sweeteners are the enemies of any diet. Increased carbohydrate cravings so you are not just wanting sugar–you are wanting carbs in the worst way. It will stimulate the appetite which is the last thing you need and it will stimulate the storage of fat for energy. Can you think of any more damage a little packet of sweetener could possibly do?

There are related studies that claim artificial sweeteners like aspartame or saccharin will cause more weight gain than regular sugar. It also makes insulin sensitivity worse. So diabetics are no better off than they would be eating regular sugar and neither is a poor avid dieter. This is frustrating because unless a person reads this and other media on the subject–they won’t know. The most frustrating thing is that physicians are not alerting people about this and it is imperative to their health.

A study done by Diabetic Care tracked the hormone that suppresses appetite GLP-1 in participants that drank carbonated water and glucose solution and another group who drank it with diet soda. The finding was interesting in that the appetite suppressing hormone was higher in the control group which shows that there is an effect on hunger and cravings.

However the opposite was found when control groups were given saccharin or aspartame as well as the sweetening agent used in Sugar Twin. So we can only conclude that this is a silent and sneaky but very real threat to your overall weight loss goals and a threat to anyone with a health condition.

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