Mayo Clinic Minute: Why drinking diet soda isn't the best way to manage weight

Few words carry as much weight as the word “diet.” But, when it comes to drinks, cutting calories with diet soda may not cut the pounds you think it does. Dr. Donald Hensrud, who heads up the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program and is the author of the Mayo Clinic Diet Book, says drinking diet soda is not as effective at helping people manage their weight as many people think.

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“A diet soda doesn’t contain any calories,” Dr. Hensrud says. “And, compared to a regular soda that has about 150 calories, people are consuming less calories. However, studies have shown that

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