So you love Diet Soda? 7 Reasons to change your mind!!

Pop quiz! What’s the single biggest source of calories for Americans? White bread? Big Macs? Actually, try diet soda. The average American drinks about two cans of the stuff every day. “But I drink diet soda,” you say. “With no calories or sugar, it’s the perfect alternative for weight watchers… Right?”

Not so fast. Before you pop the top off the caramel-colored bubbly, know this: guzzling diet soda comes with its own set of side effects that may harm your health–from kickstarting kidney problems to adding inches to your waistline.

Unfortunately, diet soda is more in vogue than ever. Kids consume the stuff at more than double the rate of last decade, according to research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Among adults, consumption has grown almost 25%.

But knowing these 6 side effects of drinking diet soda may help you kick the can for good.

1. Kidney Problems
Here’s something you didn’t know about your diet soda: It might be bad for your kidneys. In an 11-year-long Harvard Medical School study of more than 3,000 women, researchers found that diet cola is associated with a two-fold increased risk for kidney decline. Kidney function started declining when women drank more than two sodas a day. Even more interesting: Since kidney decline was not associated with sugar-sweetened sodas, researchers suspect that the diet sweeteners are responsible.

2. Messed-Up Metabolism
According to a 2008 University of Minnesota study of almost 10,000 adults, even just one diet soda a day is linked to a 34% higher risk of metabolic syndrome, the group of symptoms including belly fat and high cholesterol that puts you at risk for heart disease. Whether that link is attributed to an ingredient in diet soda or the drinkers’ eating habits is unclear. But is that one can really worth it?

3. Obesity
You read that right: Diet soda doesn’t help you lose weight after all. A University of Texas Health Science Center study found that the more diet sodas a person drank, the greater their risk of becoming overweight. Downing just two or more cans a day increased waistlines by 500%. Why? Artificial sweeteners can disrupt the body’s natural ability to regulate calorie intake based on the sweetness of foods, suggested an animal study from Purdue University. That means people who consume diet foods might be more likely to overeat, because your body is being tricked into thinking it’s eating sugar, and you crave more.

4. A Terrible Hangover
Your first bad decision was ordering that Vodka Diet–and you may make the next one sooner than you thought. Cocktails made with diet soda get you drunker, faster, according to a study out of the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia. That’s because sugar-free mixers allow liquor to enter your bloodstream much quicker than those with sugar, leaving you with a bigger buzz.

5. Cell Damage
Diet sodas contain something many regular sodas don’t: mold inhibitors. They go by the names sodium benzoate or potassium benzoate, and they’re in nearly all diet sodas. But many regular sodas, such as Coke and Pepsi, don’t contain this preservative.

That’s bad news for diet drinkers. “These chemicals have the ability to cause severe damage to DNA in the mitochondria to the point that they totally inactivate it–they knock it out altogether,” Peter Piper, a professor of molecular biology and biotechnology at the University of Sheffield in the U.K., told a British newspaper in 1999. The preservative has also been linked to hives, asthma, and other allergic conditions, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Since then, some companies have phased out sodium benzoate. Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi have replaced it with another preservative, potassium benzoate. Both sodium and potassium benzoate were classified by the Food Commission in the UK as mild irritants to the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes.

6. Rotting Teeth
With a pH of 3.2, diet soda is very acidic. (As a point of reference, the pH of battery acid is 1. Water is 7.) The acid is what readily dissolves enamel, and just because a soda is diet doesn’t make it acid-light. Adults who drink three or more sodas a day have worse dental health, says a University of Michigan analysis of dental checkup data. Soda drinkers had far greater decay, more missing teeth, and more fillings.
7. Reproductive Issues
Sometimes, the vessel for your beverage is just as harmful. Diet or not, soft drink cans are coated with the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A (BPA), which has been linked to everything from heart disease to obesity to reproductive problems. That’s a lot of risk taking for one can of pop.


Why i QUIT Drinking Wine!!

And here’s why…
I’ve noticed over the last 2 years or so – when I drink wine with dinner, my sleep suffers. The most common problem being that I’d wake up in the middle of the night, and would have to fight the minutes in order to fall back asleep.
I had actually stopped for about 4 months – but last Tuesday night, I was at a speaking/dinner event and enjoyed a glass & a half of red wine with my dinner. I went to bed at about 11pm and by 2am I was wide awake and couldn’t get back to sleep.

Not good AT ALL.
So, I’m done with wine, even the sulfite-free Organic wines.
My sleep (and yours) is infinitely more valuable than enjoying a glass or two of wine with dinner.
Remember: Quality sleep is critical to optimal fitness, health and youth preservation. When our sleep is sacrificed – we pay the price in many ways.
Some of the ways we pay that price are:
1 – Increased Irritability and Moodiness
2 – Decreased Physical Performance
3 – Accelerated Aging (from looking like $#!% every morning – to hormone de-optimization)
4 – Limited Brain Functionality

Those are just a few – and those alone lead to several layers of other ill effects of bad sleep, such as:

A – Increased Body-Fat
B – Muscle Wasting
C – Sagging Skin
D – Loss of Libido (YIKES!)

There are many articles and resources that shed more light on this topic – all you have to do is search “Wine and Insomnia”
Again, our sleep is profoundly valuable to our wellness, longevity and the quality of our daily lives – all aspects of it. So, we must place priority on creating conditions that give us the best sleep-time possible.

Late Night Eating is Killing Me!!!!

Does the refrigerator call your name every night? Chances are, you satisfied your hunger at dinner, so these late-night munchies are not about being hungry. Instead, they’re a result of habit, boredom, stress, or fatigue after a long, hard day. No matter what the cause, eating at night usually leads to overeating, and can wreak havoc on your weight-loss diet.

What to do?  What to do?Image

Idea: Give yourself a 100 calories to work with after dinner. Eat whatever you want but using 100 calories maximum. See what happens.If you are dedicated you will start to lose some weight and the dreaded “bloated” feeling will disappear. Oh yeah,drink water. The more the better.



Girl Scouts get their FITNESS BADGE at VOLT!!

Girl Scouts Fitness Badge

This week VOLT FITNESS is kicking off its 5th year of helping Girl Scouts and Daisies to achieve their fitness badge using our interactive video game fitness circuit. It’s all about the FUN !

Any Scout (Boy or Girls) leaders who are looking for a FUN place to bring your troops and get a Fitness Badge will love VOLT!!

Here’s what they get,lol.