Is Diet Soda The Reason For Your Belly Fat?

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Studies reveal that diet soda leads to more belly fat and visceral fat, esp. as you get older. Increased belly fat leads to an increase in the waist circumference of regular drinkers. Also, large waist size has been linked to high bp, diabetes, coronary heart disease, depression, cognitive decline and cardiovascular disease.

There are several people who tries to lose weight and cut out on a lot of foods with bad carbs, which is good. However, there are some people who fall in the same category but they think that drinking diet soda and belly fat are not interlinked.  It should be noted that the word diet is in no ways related to lose weight.

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Research on diet soda and belly fat

A recent study from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society suggests that diet soda may also lead to more belly fat, especially as you get older. Researchers looked at data from 749 adults over the age of 65 from the San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging. They found that, over the course of almost 10 years, those who drank diet soda daily saw the growth of their waist circumferences more than double that of non-diet soda drinkers.

According to the study, diet soda drinkers’ waist circumferences expanded 2.11 centimeters over the 9.4-year period, while non-diet soda drinkers’ waists only expanded 0.77 centimeters. Those who occasionally drank diet soda saw a 1.83 centimeter growth in waist circumference. Surprisingly, the researchers didn’t find any consistent relationship between drinking regular soda and waist circumference.


Apart from the appearance that will be distracted when you add a belly fat, there are several other oddities that also come into the scene. For instance, large waist circumference has been linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, coronary heart disease, albuminuria, depression, cognitive decline and death from cancer and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks.

Moreover, as you get older, you’re more vulnerable to expanding waistlines and more visceral fat, the type of fat that can lead to greater health consequences since it’s around important abdominal organs like the liver, pancreas and intestines.

Edited By: Vivek Chhetri