Do artificial sweeteners make you gain weight? 👉🏼 Myth debunked❗️ - -
I am sure you have heard before that no-calorie sweeteners make you gain weight, right? Hmmm….but most artificial sweeteners have no calories. Where does the weight gain come from? - - ❗️Now think hard. When was the last time you have taken a big spoon, dug it deep into a container with sweetener, have taken a big heaped spoon out, put it delightfully into your mouth and truly enjoyed the taste of the sweetener in your mouth? - - ❓So, when was the last time? You can’t remember? Oh, you have never done it before? – That’s it! - - 👉🏼 Most of the time you don’t eat the plain sweetener. You add it to food, and food is what adds calories to your budget. Even if the food you choose is not high in calories, stuff adds up! Many small pieces make up a big piece, many, many crumbles make up a cake, many, many low calorie food portions add up to lots of calories. - - ❌ The psychological issue many people have is that they assume that if something has fewer calories, they can eat more of it. Thus, they eat more than they should and gain weight or don’t lose weight. - - ⚠️ Yet, artificial sweeteners may increase appetite. Appetite is not hunger! It is much easier to eat something that is sweet when you aren’t hungry compared to a proper hearty meal. Thus, if you crave / have appetite for something that is sweet you don’t want to satisfy your body’s physiological hunger, but you want to satisfy hunger for something else; such as comfort, reward, feeling good, escape from the current situation, etc. This is the type of psychological hunger I describe in my book ‘Food Obsession’. However, in such a situation not the artificial sweetener is the real problem, but your dissatisfaction with your current life. Cutting out sweeteners won’t solve the problem and make your life better. You need to solve the core of the problem and address the things that suck in your life. Cravings are just a symptom. You need to heal the disease. - - 👉🏼❓Have you ever look at appetite and sweetener consumption from this side? Can you relate to the things I described in this post?