Straight out of the “I told you so” files at Sensible Fitness, researchers at Johns Hopkins University studied 24,000 people over 10 years and found those drinking diet soda eat more.
The study revealed that obese people who drank diet drinks ate 100-150 calories more per day than those drinking full strength sugary drinks. This adds up to about 10-15 pounds of weight gain per year. Experts believe that people think they have a “cushion” and can eat more since they are drinking a low calorie or zero-calorie beverage.
The leading author of the study said that when paired with other research, the results suggest that artificial sweeteners may affect a person’s metabolism or cravings as well.
The moral of this story: If you want to be skinny, drink water.