Thanks for the replies people. I am so happy I got such response to my first post here. I am also very happy to have found this forum… finally, a forum with intelligent people who can talk about one of my favorite hobbies. Of my friends, I am the only “bodybuilder” enthusiast so it’s tough for them to relate to the things I care about.
Back to the topic: Regarding Diet beverages, I have 2 main concerns.
Are artificial sweeteners safe? I have read so many conflicting reports regarding this it’s not even funny. I have no idea what to think anymore.
Do artificial sweeteners ruin one’s fat-loss diet? I don’t see why they should, but I have read some websites with quotes along the lines of… “studies have shown that subjects who used diet beverages had no better fat-loss results than those who didn’t. The reason for this is ‘unclear’” So many friggin’ websites say the reason is unclear. WTF. I know that statement can mean just about anything, but if diet beverages can harm my diet, I have no problems eliminating them completely.
I’m not really concerned with it increasing my desire for sweets, because I have a pretty good sense of self control. I drink diet beverages because I get tired of water and I find them to be very refreshing. If it’s the case that they are dangerous when overconsumed or that they may ruin a well designed diet, then I would instantly cease all consumption of them until I am done with my diet phase, and then resume consumption only in moderation.
What do you guys think? Thanks.