Facts about Artificial Sweeteners and Weight Management

  • May 22, 2018
weight management

If you have been trying to lose weight, your doctor must have advised you to stay away from excess sugars in the diet. You may be drinking diet coke, avoiding baked treats and using artificial sweeteners in your beverages. But wait! Did you know that artificial sweeteners actually make you gain weight? Learn more about the age-old artificial sweetener myth here.

It is a sweetener after all

You may believe that you can indulge a little in the beverage of your choice because you are avoiding white sugar. However, regardless of what brand of artificial sweetener you are using, you are actually contributing to your weight gain. In fact, the consumption of these sweeteners can increase your chances of being obese and have heart diseases over time.

The problem with artificial sweeteners is the perception of ‘zero sugar’ and ‘zero calories’ that is created in your mind. You often believe that just because the product is ‘zero calories’ it will be safe to use repeatedly, and in greater quantities. This can’t be farther from the truth.

How do sweeteners harm you?

The clear link between weight gain and artificial sweeteners has not been established to date. However, we must also respect the fact that there is little evidence that these products are good for your health. The jury is still out whether you should consume these products or not.

Some experts believe that people may have a tendency to consume a higher number of calories just because the sweetener doesn’t have any of them. They may believe that they are at liberty to consume little fast food, just because they are giving up on sugar.

Another popular theory suggests that artificial sweeteners change the microbiome in our gut, which is responsible for a healthy body and proper digestion. Because the body’s microbiome is negatively affected, the gut bacteria cannot absorb enough nutrients from food. This could lead to a sluggish metabolism and eventually lead to weight gain.

Spinal issues- the thing they never told you about weight gain

Our bodies are designed to handle only a limited amount of weight. Overweight people face frequent joint issues as their bones are unable to carry so their weight. Another lesser-known problem is with obesity is back pain. Your nerves and spinal cord come under additional pressure when you are overweight, which could lead to problems.

You could suffer from disc herniation; your neck could become stiff, and you could even experience numbing or tingling sensation in your limbs. If you are already overweight and experience any of these symptoms, you must start a diet and workout regime immediately.

However, don’t do so without consulting a physiotherapist first. Remember, your spine is the most important part of your nervous system, and heavy workout with all the extra weight could quickly lead to injuries.

You may feel very relieved to talk to your physiotherapist and have them run an Ultralign G2 scan on your spine. It would find spinal stiffness or hypermobility within minutes. Your physiotherapist can also suggest you good exercises and guide you in losing weight in such a way that your spine doesn’t get affected.

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