Am I Allowed Diet Drinks?
A common question I frequently get asked is – “Am I allowed diet drinks?”
And my simple answer is “Yes”.
Now let’s elaborate a bit more before you jump up on your high horse.
Ya see, there’s too much of an extremist approach to dieting, health and fitness.
You have the people who preach that diet soft drinks are bad for your health, cause you to gain weight, will cause an apocalypse etc.
In reality, it’s all a load of crap.
I’ve yet to read a concrete study proving that (feel free to send on any you may have).
And by now, I hope you understand that in order to gain/lose weight you must be either in a calorie surplus (gain weight) or a calorie deficit (lose weight).
So let’s cut through the BS and look at the facts surrounding diet drinks.
A can of Coke Zero has 0 Calories and 0 Sugar.
Regardless of the “chemicals” in it, a zero calorie and zero sugar drink is NOT going to cause you to gain weight.
If you were honestly going to avoid everything containing chemicals then you would have to stop inhaling our air, would never be able to indulge in junk food and would live a stressful life running away from all the killer chemicals.
Let’s be realistic here for a minute.
When it comes to sugar free and zero calorie drinks – the devil is in the dose.
If you’re chugging 2 litres of them a day then yes, I would greatly appreciate if you would switch to water for your hydration.
But if the odd can of diet coke kills your cravings, gives you the satisfaction of having a treat while not adding any calories or sugar to your diet, then by all means have it.
In the long run, it’s not going to have any major effect at all.
And if it keeps you on track and avoids you from blowing out and over consuming on calories from junk food, then it’s okay and possibly worth it.
So stop stressing over the minor details, work on being more consistent with controlling your calories and food quality and you’re allowed have a controlled indulgence every now and again.
Let’s avoid the extremist approach to dieting.
You’re meant to be living a life too ya know.
Diet and training should enhance your life, not detract from it.