You probably heard about a new study published in the journal Obesity, which says diet drinks can help people lose more weight than drinking plain water. But you’ve probably also read time and time again that diet soda drinkers are more likely to be obese.
One report found that two-can-a-day diet drinkers had a 54 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese, compared to 32 percent for those who drank the same amount of regular soda. You may have also heard about research linking artificial sweeteners to increased sugar cravings.
So if this latest study has left you confused, that’s understandable. Here’s the gist of the study, my take on how to put the results in perspective, and why I believe you should keep reaching for water.