Individuals use artificial sweeteners for a myriad of reasons including to keep blood sugar levels stabilized. However, if you are looking at them as a way to aid in weight loss and cut calories, you should think again. Recent studies performed on the affects of using artificial sweeteners as a means to cut calories prove that artificial sweeteners can actually cause weight gain.
More inclined to eat larger portions
Your brain already assumes that you are sparing calories when you indulge in sweets that contain artificial sweeteners. Although they may not be packed with sugar, they can have hidden fat, protein, and carbohydrate calories. A variety of studies have demonstrated that people are more inclined to eat larger portion sizes under the assumption that they are not consuming “as much” sugar calories.
Artificial Sweeteners increase cravings for carbohydrates and sugar-based foods
No matter whether you are Jedi-mind tricking your system to metabolize sugar in a different way or trying to lose weight, the intake of sugars (even artificial sweeteners) can induce the cravings for more starches and sweets. Research shows that after the initial sugar rush and crash that an individual will be more likely to increase their intake of ‘bad foods’ that result in more calorie consumption, lethargy, and weight gain.
Though various recent studies have proven in many facets that artificial sweeteners do cause weight gain, other health experts continue to advocate ‘artificial sweeteners’ as a plausible way to combat obesity. In addition, artificial sweeteners prove to be a very beneficial for those who suffer from blood sugar instabilities and diabetes.
It is important to consider the adverse health affects that artificial sweeteners have been associated with for so long. Natural sugars such as stevia, agave and honey are viable options for those who want to lose weight effectively and to promote their health by natural means-without taking the health risks.