So it’s time to kick the Coke habit. Diet Coke that is. If you cut me open I think DC would pour out instead of blood. It’s my elixir. Anyone who knows me knows that that I have 4/5 a day. I’m the only person I know who tries the diet cokes instead of wine tasting when in Napa Valley (that’s not even a joke).
You’d think that after giving up smoking, being teetotal and now going on a serious diet, I wouldn’t be receiving any “constructive health criticism” from friends, family and colleagues. However there’s still one niggle that I hear every time I crack open a fresh, cold, icy, full-bodied Diet Coke. “It’s bad for you,” “it makes you put on weight,” “aspartame causes brain tumours.” Blah blah blah.
So, does diet coke actually cause weight gain? There are thousands of blogs entries and magazine articles stating it does. I think it’s a bullshit statement due to:
1) Oh rats! Almost all articles refer to the Purdue study in 2004 which used a small group of rats. Bore yourself with it here if you wish. In summary, the results have since been found to be insignificant and I like to think I’m slightly more complex than a rat!
2) There is ‘human’ data which suggests that diet coke actually can help you lose weight when on a diet due to fewer calories. Read somewhere here if you’re bored.
3) People who drink diet coke are more likely to be fatties like me in the first place, due to the Big Mac and Diet Coke phenomenon.
This is my true standpoint – when conducting my own field research amongst my friends, the vast majority of real Coke drinkers are the skinny fuckers who “just can’t seem to put on weight.” The Diet Coke drinkers are the ones (like me) who are prone to putting on weight and drink the stuff to, guess what, stay thin. Which group are more likely to put on weight throughout their lifetime? You guessed it, the Diet Coke drinkers. Boom.
What about you guys? I’m genuinely interested to know if you found the same??
Anyway, I may be full of shit so I’m going to quit DC for a month and see what it does to my weight. My guess is there’ll be no difference. I’ll steadily lose a couple of pounds a week just as I have been. Flatmate, friends and colleagues be warned I’m going to be even more moody!